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Top Instagrammable spots in Glasgow

We know everyone loves to capture and share photos of amazing places and experiences so we've come up with our top Insta-worthy locations across the city. Glasgow is home to the most instagrammed piece of street art in the north of the UK and the number one instagrammed University in Scotland (read on to find out where these are!). From scenic summertime to atmospheric autumnal, check out our best locations for each season to get those stunning shots of the city. 

Autumn in Glasgow

1. Queen’s Park Tree-Lined Avenues

Glasgow means 'Dear Green Place' in Gaelic and it lives up to its name with over 90 parks and gardens open to the public. Witness a sea of autumnal colours in one of the many tree-lined avenues in Queen's Park in the city's south.

2. City Lanes

Glasgow's cobbled quaint lanes are abundent. There are many residential lanes worth taking an autumnal stroll along, including Kew Lane in the west and Strathbungo in the south. There are also numerous cobbled lanes packed with independent businesses in the west, such as Cresswell Lane and Ruthven Lane.

3. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Floating Heads Installation

 

The city's number one tourist attraction, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has reopened its doors to the public. It is home to a treasure trove of artefacts and artworks sure to fascinate. The permanent floating heads installation is a great one to photograph as you choose which facial expression to focus on.

4. City Centre Grid System - St Vincent Street 

Did you know that Glasgow city centre frequently doubles as US cities for film productions due to its grid street system and Victorian architecture? St Vincent Street, Cochrane Street and West George Street are just a few of the streets in which to capture a 'New York style' photo, which looks particularly stunning during an autumnal sunset.

5. Victoria Park

Known as one of Glasgow's prettiest parks, Victoria Park in the city's west is delightful in the autumn. Watch as the Dear Green Place turns into shades of orange, brown and gold.

6. Great Western Road

One of the benefits of our northern latitude in Glasgow is the length of our 'golden hour'. Whether dusk or dawn, the city's elegant long Victorian streets, such as Great Western Road pictured above, really stand out in the autumnal golden glow.

Winter in Glasgow

1. Queen's Park View from the Flagpole

One of the city's finest viewpoints is from the flagpole at Queen's Park in the city's South neighbourhood. See rooftops, turrets and spires in the foreground, all surrounded by the gently rolling Campsie Fells. When there is a touch of frost, this spot is picture perfect.

2. University of Glasgow Cloisters

Feel the history all around whilst surrounded by the stunning Cloisters of the fourth oldest English speaking university in the world. The University of Glasgow with it's stunning gothic design is said to be the inspiration behind none other than Hogwarts.

3. Glasgow Cathedral

The magnificient example of Scottish Gothic architecture, Glasgow Cathedral, looks at its most beautiful on a winter's day - it's easy to see why this stunning building is a favourite filming location for the Outlander TV show. For amazing city views overlooking the Cathedral, head to the top of the neighbouring Glasgow Necropolis.

4. House of Fraser

Founded in 1849, the original House of Fraser department store, is based on the city's main pedestrianised shopping area, Buchanan Street. And this store goes all out for Christmas, with twinkling fairy lights cascading down the outside of the building and filling the atrium inside.

5. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Snowy days make for some of the most beautiful pictures of the city. The red sandstone buildings of Glasgow complement the white snow perfectly and nowhere is this more apparent than at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

6. Kibble Palace

Opened in 1873, the Kibble Palace glasshouse in the Botanic Gardens is home to tropical plants and sculptures. The circular domed glasshouse is stunning in the winter sunshine, surrounded by frosty grass.

Spring in Glasgow

1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum sits majestically in the surroundings of Kelvingrove Park. This view here of the stunning red sandstone building, with springtime tulips in the fore, is just one of the many spots in which to capture one of Scotland's most visited attractions within it's green parkland setting.

2. University of Glasgow

Sitting just behind Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, is the number one instagrammed University in Scotland - the University of Glasgow. The building that inspired Hogwarts is never prettier than when its springtime flowers are in bloom, complementing its gothic elegance.

3. Glasgow's herd of Highland Cattle

Glasgow's very own herd of Highland 'Coos' can be found relaxing and being generally adorable in the fields within Pollok Country Park. And there's no better time to visit them than in the spring when the gentle ginger giants have their fluffy calves in tow.

4. McLennan Arch

The McLennan Arch offers a beautiful entrance into the historic Glasgow Green. The arch is a stand-alone classical piece of architecture, and it provides a beautiful framing for the High Court one way and Nelson's Monument the other way, especially when the springtime cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

5. Botanic Gardens

Situated in the bohemian west of the city, the Botanic Gardens is a tranquil blend of green space and woodland walks. Nothing heralds the start of Spring quite like the springtime flowerbeds in full colourful bloom.

6. Mural Trail - Fellow Glasgow Residents

This huge mural on Ingram Street shows some of Glasgow's wildlife 'residents' coming out to play through what looks like holes in the wall. The scene created by street artist Smug is one of the city's most popular murals and is so large that it is sometimes best captured as a series of photos.

Summer in Glasgow

1. St Mungo mural, High Street

This modern-day depiction of Glasgow's patron saint, St Mungo, is officially the most instagrammable mural in the north of the UK. Glasgow has a vibrant street art scene, with huge pieces of art adorning some of the city's buildings. Find out more about the city centre mural trail.

2. Speirs Wharf and the Canal

The buildings at Speirs Wharf, which were former mills and warehouses, overlook the Glasgow Canal. The canal is a great spot for a peaceful stroll, with lush greenery, boat spotting and Georgian architecture to capture on camera.

3. Templeton on the Green

On a sunny summer's day, head to Templeton on the Green to marvel at one of the city's most unique buildings - the flamboyantly designed building is based on Doge's Palace in Venice - set within the city's oldest park, Glasgow Green.

4. Hidden Lane

For daytime lane activity, check out the Hidden Lane, just off Glasgow's hippest strip in Finnieston. Brimming with creativity, colour and unique products by independent traders, this lane is so bold that you won't even need a filter.

5. Buchanan Street

If you prefer high street to independent, then Buchanan Street more than delivers. The city's main pedestrian boulevard is lined with Victorian architectural gems that house some of the finest shops and restaurants around. Don't forget to look up to take in the detail on this stylish street.

6. Pollok Country Park

 

On a summer's day (or during any season for that matter), you could spend the whole day exploring Glasgow's largest park. From stately homes to woodland trails to quaint bridges over the White Cart water - there are many lovely picture compositions in Pollok Country Park.

7. Blairhall Avenue

Glasgow's neighbourhoods are great for wandering around to take in the distinct character and charm of each area. Stumble along tenement lined avenues and have some serious house envy, no more so than when taking in the colourful Blairhall Avenue in the south.


Finished snapping pictures? Check out our Glasgow Now section for more inspiration on how to enjoy the city's diverse neighbours.

Last updated: October 2020