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Winter walks

Top winter walks

Top winter walks

Is there anything better than a walk on a sunny and crisp winter's day? Take in some nature or explore the city’s cultural side with 5 of the best walks this season.

1. A winter wonderland in the west end

The black railed gates and stone pillars that mark the entrance to a park. The winter scene in the park has snow on the ground with no leaves on the trees.
A cyclist braves it down a snowy pathway between two rows of leafless tress in a park.

Take a winter's stroll around one of the city's most popular parks, Kelvingrove Park. Enjoy lovely scenes under the shadow of the grand University of Glasgow and Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Or head to the top of the hill towards Park Circus and be rewarded with a lush city view.

2. A gem of an attraction set within a large city park

Bellahouston Park is brilliant for a walk around on a cold winter's day. Not only does it have lots of walking paths and views, but it also has the lovely Art Lover's Cafe for enjoying a warming drink. The cafe is found within the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed House for an Art Lover. Also be sure to check out for their seasonal events which include festive piano recitals, fayres and more.

3. The best sparkling lights of the season

A building covered completely in sparkling lights takes up the entire one side of the pedestrianised Buchanan Street. A circular fairground ride glows blue at the end of the street at a Christmas Market.
A neo-classical building with a tower sits in the centre of a city square. A canopy of fairy lights run from the building out across the rest of the square.

The winter months see the city centre transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland. To take in some of the best displays, start in the heart of the city in George Square, before heading towards Buchanan Street and then down to St Enoch Square. Check out our winter wonders page for where to catch the best lighting displays, plus ideas for pitstops for hot chocolates or cocktails.

4. An artistic walk by city centre murals

Experience a burst of colour with every step of your winter walk on the City Centre Mural Trail. Glasgow artists have brought buildings to life with vibrant pieces of public street art. It’s a fun way to explore the city and there are plenty of cafes to pop into along the way. Make sure you look out for national treasure Billy Connolly and St Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint, on your travels! Find out more about the City Centre Mural Trail.

5. A family-friendly stroll with activities for all

Take a trip to Glasgow’s east end to experience Tollcross Park, a hidden gem in the city renowned for its rose garden. It also has a stately home that looks magical in the colder months. Little ones can enjoy meeting Shetland ponies and Highland cattle at the children’s farm, and everyone will love the Glen Nature Walk where there’s a chance to spot some wildlife. Visit the Tollcross Park website for more information.

Article last updated: November 2023

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