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Summer walks

Top summer walks in Glasgow

Top summer walks in Glasgow

The summer has arrived! From quirky lanes to an urban oasis, check out 5 of the best summertime walks in Glasgow.

Strolls in the southside

A person walks their dog down a tree-lined path on a sunny day.

Spend a summer's day out in one of the city's best known parks. Take a stroll around the Scottish Poetry Rose Garden, the ponds and tree-lined avenues of Queen's Park. Or stretch the legs with a walk to the flagpole and take in stunning views of the city. Be sure to pop into one of the many coffee or ice cream shops in the trendy neighbourhoods that surround the park. Visit Glasgow City Council's parks' pages for more details.

Lively west end lanes

People walk down a cobbled lane with quirky buildings either side, with hanging baskets of flowers and fairy lights overhead.

Perfect for a wander on a summer’s day, check out the lanes in the bohemian west end. Start with a browse through the Hidden Lane, where independent creators work and sell from colourful studio spaces (find out more at thehiddenlaneglasgow.com). From here, head along Argyle Street, the heart of trendy Finnieston, towards Byres Road and onto Ashton Lane. As the city's best known lane, the pretty Ashton lane is where you’ll find a great selection of outdoor cafes and bars. The nearby Cresswell and Ruthven Lanes are both worth checking out too.

An urban green space

An adult and child walk down a pathway surrounded by pants that opens up to a green space. A huge brick chimney rises into a blue sky with the turret of a gurdwara temple in the distance.
A wooden stall sits outside in the sunlight with the sign 'Hidden Gardens'. Potted plants of various varieties adorn the stall.

The Hidden Gardens is an urban oasis found at the back of Tramway in the city’s southside. Explore the gardens at the height of their summer beauty. The gardens are maintained by volunteers and are often the location for events for the southside's artistic and diverse community. Visit hiddengardens.org.uk for details on what to expect.

Picture perfect views

A space by the canal in the north of the city has been transformed into the local nature reserve, Hamiltonhill Claypits. There is the path along the canalside, where you can spot wildlife and wave at passing barge boats. A wildflower meadow is buzzing with bees and butterflies during the summer. And the highlight has to be a walk to the viewpoint for one of the best panoramic views of Glasgow. Visit Scottish Canals website for details.

Outdoor art in the city

A colourful pathway with alternating coloured lines, each with text on them naming a band and date. For example, Blondie 19.11.1998.

Did you know that some of the city’s most iconic pieces of public artwork are found in the streets of the city and not in galleries? Head out on the city centre contemporary art trail to see 14 artworks by international and Scottish artists. The art scene in Glasgow is known for its openness to all and accessibility. Visit our art trail page for the full route and list of artworks, which can be enjoyed at your own pace.

Article last updated: June 2022

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