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Top 5 spring walks in Glasgow

Top 5 spring walks in Glasgow

Make the most of the extra daylight and brighter weather with our top 5 spring walks. Whether spotting cherry blossoms or Highland Cows, each walk is sure to put a spring in your step.

1. Cherry blossoms in bloom (Blythswood Square)

Nothing quite says spring like a cherry blossom tree in full bloom. Glasgow city centre has great spots to see these glorious trees at both Glasgow Green and Blythswood Square. When strolling around Blythswood Square, enjoy peaking in at the well-kept central gardens and surrounding elegant buildings, including the five-star Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel. Also, see if you can spot a hidden gem - a Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed neo-classical entrance to The Glasgow Lady Artists' Society (1908).

2. Spend the day in Glasgow's biggest park (Pollok Country Park)

A ginger Highland Cow with horns stands beside two fluffy ginger calves beside their trough.

Pollok Country Park in the southside is popular with families, walkers and cyclists. There are 2 brilliant attractions in the park, The Burrell Collection and Pollok House, an Edwardian mansion by the river. And spring is the best time to visit the city's largest green space as it's when the much-loved herd of Highland cattle have their fluffy calves in tow. Visit to find out more about this world-renowned attraction and its parkland setting.

3. A family-friendly stroll in the east end (Alexandra Park)

Alexandra Park is a favourite spot for walkers in the local community in the east end. Enter through the ornate gates and walk by the floral displays that are currently showing signs of spring with their new blooms. The manageable size of the park, children's playgrounds and picnic areas make it a popular choice for families out for an afternoon. For more information on Alexandra Park visit Glasgow City Council's parks pages.

4. A wander in one of Glasgow's prettiest parks (Victoria Park)

Victoria Park in the west end is known as one of the city's prettiest parks. Wander around the flower beds, with the colours sure to put a spring in your step. While springtime is a marker of renewed life, did you know that Victoria Park is also home to the city's most ancient site? The preserved forest Fossil Grove is a fascinating site with 11 fossil tree stumps from 330 million years ago. The site is currently closed but you can find out more at

5. Nature spotting along the water's edge (Forth and Clyde Canal)

Just five minutes north of the city centre is the Forth and Clyde Canal where a range of walks can be enjoyed. Take a stroll along the towpath and enjoy a different view of the city. If you're a fan of wildlife, then this is the place to go! There are kingfishers, beavers, common toads, otters and swans living along the canalside. For ideas on which wildlife to look out for and for information on canal trails visit the Scottish Canals website.

Article last updated: April 2022

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