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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.

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 its green parkland setting. 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 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. Go to The Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens' website for more info on the Botanic Gardens

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 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. Find out more about the city centre mural trail on this website

2. Speirs Wharf and the Canal

The buildings at Speirs Wharf, which were former mills and warehouses, overlook the Forth and Clyde Canal. The canal is a great spot for a peaceful stroll, with lush greenery, boat spotting and Georgian architecture to capture on camera. Visit the Scottish Canals website to discover more info on the Forth and Clyde Canal.

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. Visit Clyde Waterfront's website to find out more about Templeton's carpet factory

4. 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. 

5. 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. Visit our Glasgow's neighbourhoods page to discover more.

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 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 and Strathbungo in the south. There are also numerous cobbled lanes in the west that are home to independent traders, many of which are offering an online business experience just now.

3. Kelvin Way

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

4. 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.

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. 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 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. 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 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 whilst surrounded by the stunning Cloisters of the fourth oldest English speaking university in the world. The University of Glasgow with its stunning gothic design is said to be the inspiration behind none other than Hogwarts. Go to the University of Glasgow's website to find out more about their self-guided tour of the Cloisters.

5. Pollok Country Park

You can feel like you are lost in a winter wonderland as you stroll through Pollok Country Park. Stumble upon unspoiled frozen scenes as you explore Glasgow's largest park.

6. Glasgow Cathedral

The magnificent 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. Visit Historic Environment Scotland's website to find out more about Glasgow Cathedral


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: April 2021