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Winter walks

Top 5 winter walks

Top 5 winter walks

The leaves have fallen and there’s a crispness in the air, so grab a coffee, wrap up warm, and get moving. Take in some nature or explore the city’s cultural side with five of the best city winter walks.

1. A walk with artistic flair

Experience a burst of colour with every step of your winter walk on the City Centre Mural Trail. Since 2008, 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 places you can warm yourself up 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.

2. Get closer to nature

Head to the north-east of the city and you’ll find Hogganfield Park and Local Nature Reserve. The park boasts a large shallow loch with a wooded island and has walking routes for all abilities. If you love wildlife, you’re in for a treat as you’ll likely be able to spot birds such as the whooper swan and goldeneye duck. For more information visit the Seven Lochs website.

3. Take in views and culture at Bellahouston Park

Located in the southside, Bellahouston Park has all you need for a walk with a cultural twist. You can explore themed gardens, complete with sculptures and maze, and take in stunning views of the city. It’s also home to House for an Art Lover designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an art gallery and exhibition space with a café, perfect for relaxing.

Visit the House for an Art Lover website for information.

4. Hidden history in the heart of the west end

A stone’s throw from Byres Road is Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens. The park's famous Kibble Palace and palm houses are home to tropical rainforest plants and are perfect for getting warmed up on a cold winter’s day! For something a bit different, venture to the south of the park to find the old abandoned railway station from 1896. Visit the Botanic Gardens website to find out more.

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 2021

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