A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal: Gallus Glasgow


Gallus: (ga·luss)

Dialect, chiefly Scot ~adj.
1. self-confident, daring, cheeky.
2. stylish, impressive (esp. Glasgow “He’s pure gallus, by the way”).
3. Orig. derogatory, meaning wild; a rascal; deserving to be hanged (from the gallows).

(Ok, let’s forget about that last definition!)

When I entered last year’s A to Z Challenge I had a definite purpose in mind – to use it to fill in some gaps in my online travel diary. So my posts covered the world (or at least, the bits of it I’d seen). I really enjoyed it and met some great new blogging friends – but how to repeat the experience? I knew I’d never be able to complete those difficult letters with exotic travel again, and even some of the easier ones had proved an unexpected struggle.

Inspiration came before last year’s challenge had even ended. Donna’s New Day completed her challenge on Washington DC and at San Diego & Beyond another Donna wrote about, you’ve guessed it, San Diego. They showed the challenge could be done successfully on one city – and what better city than my home, Glasgow? I’ve also been helped by Rosie Cunningham’s gorgeous, illustrated Glasgow Alphabet. Not all my letters will be the same as hers by any means, but I’ve certainly taken some ideas from it. Thanks Rosie and the two Donnas!

So from the 1st of April, I’ll be blogging every day (except Sundays) about Glasgow. My A to Z will show it to be a gallus city – self-confident, cheeky and stylish. It’s not a guide to major tourist locations but will feature smaller attractions, some places personal to me and, above all, places which illustrate the quirky character of this glorious city and its inhabitants. Please come along for the ride! I promise it won’t be a hanging offence…….

Glasgow city centre panorama from Lighthouse tower by Tomek Augustyn from Glasgow, UK (let Glasgow flourish) CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0), via Wikimedia Commons
Glasgow city centre panorama from Lighthouse tower by Tomek Augustyn. CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0), via Wikimedia Commons


  1. This is my first year doing the challenge — my theme is my move to New Zealand! Will enjoy reading your posts on Glasgow 🙂


    Alexa Rae (Zaagi Travel)