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Top Instagrammable Spots in Glasgow

There are many picture-perfect locations in Glasgow, so we've come up with our top Insta-worthy spots across the city. From the sixth most Instagrammed piece of street art in the whole of the UK to the number one Instagrammed University in Scotland, check out our best locations for photographing each season.

Summer in Glasgow

1. Speirs Wharf and the Canal

The Forth and Clyde Canal is a great spot for a peaceful stroll, with lush greenery, wildlife spotting and the Georgian architecture of the former mills and warehouses at Speirs Wharf. Visit the Scottish Canals website to discover more info on the Forth and Clyde Canal.

2. Templeton on the Green

On a sunny summer's day, head to Templeton on the Green at Glasgow Green to marvel at one of the city's most flamboyant buildings and enjoy a pint at West Brewery's beer garden. Visit Clyde Waterfront's website to find out more about the history of this unique building.

3. Kelvingrove Park

 

On a summer's day (or during any season for that matter), you could spend the whole day exploring Kelvingrove Park. There are so many lovely picture compositions of historic buildings, city views, the river front or the green spaces.

4. 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 southside. Visit our Glasgow's neighbourhoods page to discover more.

5. 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 and sixth most instagrammed mural in the whole of the UK. Glasgow has a vibrant street art scene, with huge pieces of art adorning some of the city's buildings. Visit our city centre mural trail page for more info.

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 southside.

2. City Lanes

Glasgow is a city full of cobbled quaint little lanes. There are many residential lanes worth taking an autumnal stroll along, including Kew Lane in the west end and Strathbungo in the southside. It is down many of these cobbled lanes that you'll find some of the city's independent traders and creators.

3. Kelvin Way

The tree-lined Kelvin Way in the city's west end makes for a beautiful walk during autumn. With the backdrop of the elegant University of Glasgow and the old-style street lamps, you will feel like you've been transported to another era.

4. Victoria Park

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

5. 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.

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 southside. 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. 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. Visit The Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens' website for information on the history of the Kibble Palace.

3. Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park in the city's east end is a favourite with locals for a saunter in all seasons, with its rose garden and views all the way to Ben Lomond. The elegant park is at its finest on a beautiful wintry day. 

4. University of Glasgow Cloisters

Feel the history all around while standing beneath the Cloisters of the fourth oldest English speaking university in the world. Go to the University of Glasgow's website to find out more about their self-guided tour of the Cloisters.

5. Glasgow Cathedral

The gothic Glasgow Cathedral looks at its most beautiful on a winter's day - it's easy to see why this 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. Visit Historic Environment Scotland's website to find out more about Glasgow Cathedral

Spring in Glasgow

1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum sits in the parkland setting of Kelvingrove Park. There are many angles to capture a lovely snap of one of Scotland's most popular attractions, none more beautiful when the spring tulips are out. Go to Glasgow Life's website to discover more about Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

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. Visit the University of Glasgow's website to find out more

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. Visit Clyde Waterfront's website to discover more about the McLennan Arch.

5. Botanic Gardens

Situated in the bohemian west end 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 colour. Go to The Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens' website for more info on the Botanic Gardens

 

Finished snapping pictures? Check out Glasgow City Council's parks pages for more info on each of the above mentioned city parks and visit our Glasgow Now section for more inspiration on how to enjoy the city just now.

Last updated: June 2021