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Exploring the best scenic walks in and near Glasgow

Written by Fiona

July 26 2023

 Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and a surprising haven of green spaces and parkland. The metropolis is also within easy driving distance of a stunning Scottish countryside. There are many walk to be discovered both in Glasgow and nearby.

Whether it’s a scenic walk or online casino games like the Aviator crash game , many people do enjoy an adventure. So, let’s guide you to seven of the best walks in and around Glasgow.

Glasgow Mural Trail

The Glasgow Mural Trail is a must for witnessing a creativity and colour. Glasgow’s streets are adorned with fascinating and flamboyant murals that showcase the city’s history and humour. Glasgow City Council sponsored the initiative to brighten the streets and promote community art. 

As you wander through the city, you’ll encounter greenery in parks, quirky cafes, and scenes brought to life by talented artists. Download the free Mural Trail Map and embark on a self-guided art adventure through Glasgow’s streets.

Darnley Country Park

For a serene escape along Glasgow’s southern border, head to Darnley Country Park. The park offers a mix of woodlands, grasslands, wetlands and water and covers some 1350 acres. 

Take the Spinal Path, a seven-mile round trail that takes you through the park’s heart, passing waterfalls, a Victorian railway viaduct and several picturesque reservoirs with nearby picnic spots. Keep your binoculars handy to spot different bird species at the reservoirs and wetlands.

Kelvin Walkway. Credit: Richard Webb

Kelvin Walkway

A relaxing and picturesque walk awaits you along the Kelvin Walkway. This charming trail, connecting to the famous West Highland Way at Milngavie, stretches six miles along the River Clyde. Start your walk at the Riverside Museum, a transport-themed museum with a stunning collection of cars, locomotives and more. Continue past the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which houses a diverse collection of art and artefacts. The Kelvin Walkway is a peaceful respite in Glasgow, perfect for enjoying the river views and soaking in the city’s cultural offerings.

Dumgoyne Hill. Credit: Alan Pitkethley

Dumgoyne Hill

Dumgoyne Hill is a popular short, steep but very rewarding walk within half an hour’s drive of Glasgow. Choose the steep frontal path for a challenge, or take the slightly gentler left fork. Either way, wear your hiking boots to traverse the rugged terrain.

Dumgoyne Hill rewards hikers with stunning panoramic views, and it’s a perfect spot to reconnect with nature. When you’re done, treat yourself to a dram or two of Highland single malt whisky at Glengoyne Distillery.

Pollock Country Park. Credit: Finlay McWalter

Woodland walks at Pollok Country Park

Pollok Country Park is Glasgow’s largest park and the only country park within the city. Its extensive woodlands and gardens provide a quiet sanctuary and there is a host of history to discover, too. The park once belonged to Old Pollok Estate and ancestral home of the Maxwell Family. The park is also home to the world famous Burrell Collection. There are lovely woodland and country walks to enjoy. Just follow the signs.

Credit: Lairich Rig

Forth and Clyde Canal Pathway

The Forth and Clyde Canal Pathway is a fantastic option if you’re up for a longer adventure. You can also dip into the route for shorter sections. This pathway spans 66 miles and connects Glasgow with Edinburgh.

This historic towpath, built in the late 18th century, offers a peaceful escape from the city. Watch as boats pass through the locks and take in the stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Don’t miss the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal – a true engineering marvel.

The Great Trossachs Path

Imagine a vast expanse of stunning park with lochs, forests and mountains just a an hour’s drive away from Glasgow. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s first national park, spans 720 square miles. Head to Loch Lomond, the largest inland lake in mainland Britain, and get ready for some breathtaking scenery. 

The Great Trossachs Path, stretching 30 miles, offers a variety of trails for all skill levels. Wander through woodlands, tackle challenging hillsides and be rewarded with panoramic views. And if you don’t feel like hiking Ben Lomond, the most southerly Munro, don’t worry. The short Ardess Hidden History Trail provides a peaceful alternative, taking you on a historical journey.

Conclusion:  Glasgow is a beautiful place. These seven scenic walks provide the perfect opportunity to explore Glasgow and nearby countryside. So, grab your walking boots and discover the beauty that awaits you in and around Glasgow.

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