Top Instagrammable spots in Glasgow
Top Instagrammable spots in Glasgow
There are many picture-perfect locations in Glasgow. We've come up with our top Insta-worthy spots across the city for 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 greenery, wildlife spotting and the Georgian architecture of the former mills and warehouses. Visit the Scottish Canals website to discover more info about the canalside.
2. Ashton Lane
The west end lanes are perfect for a wander around on a sunny day or evening! And none is more picture perfect than Ashton Lane with its canopy of fairylights, cobbled street and quirky bars and restaurants.
3. Templeton on the Green
On a sunny summer's day, head to Templeton on the Green in Glasgow Green. Marvel at one of the city's most flamboyant buildings while enjoying a pint at West Brewery's beer garden. Visit Clyde Waterfront's website for some history on this unique building.
4. House for an Art Lover
Bellahouston Park in the south side is home to Charles Rennie Mackintosh's House for an Art Lover and walled garden. And if you think it's picturesque on the outside, wait until you see the Art Nouveau interiors! Visit houseforanartlover.co.uk.
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 the sixth most Instagrammed mural in the whole of the UK. Glasgow has a vibrant street art scene. 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. Take in the 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 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 lanes that you'll find some of the city's independent traders and creators.
3. Hidden Lane
The Hidden Lane in the city's hipster Finnieston is home to a collective of artists, studios and workshops. The colourful buildings and range of interesting independent stores make for a great visit. Visit thehiddenlaneglasgow.com.
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. St Vincent Street
Did you know that Glasgow city centre frequently doubles as U.S. 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; best captured 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. Pollok Country Park
As Glasgow's largest green space, there is lots to discover in Pollok Country Park. One of the prettiest spots has to be by the river opposite Pollok House - an idyllic setting, any season.
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. Glasgow's herd of Highland cattle
Glasgow's very own herd of Highland cows can be found relaxing with their fluffy calves in the fields of Pollok Country Park. You could spend a whole day in Glasgow's biggest green space, which is home to the Burrell Collection. Check out burrellcollection.com for day trip plans.
2. University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow is the number one Instagrammed university in Scotland. The gothic-building that inspired Hogwarts is never prettier than when the springtime flowers are in bloom.
3. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
There are so many angles to capture the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in its parkland setting. Go to Glasgow Life's website to discover more about one of Scotland's most popular attractions.
4. McLennan Arch
The McLennan Arch offers a beautiful entrance into the historic Glasgow Green. The classical piece of architecture (which has moved location in the city more than once!) looks particularly stunning when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.
5. Botanic Gardens
Situated in the bohemian west end of the city, the Botanic Gardens is a tranquil blend of green space, woodland and riverside walks. It is also home to 2 glasshouses with a collection of tropical plants.
Article last updated: June 2023