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Autumn walks

Top 5 autumn walks in Glasgow

Top 5 autumn walks in Glasgow

It's that time of year when the Dear Green Place changes into a glow of autumn colours. From canal side strolls to exploring country parks, check out our pick of five of the best city walks at this glorious time of year.

1. A city walk with a view

The Glasgow Necropolis is perfect for an autumn walk with lots of history all around. Head to the top of the beautiful Victorian garden cemetery for panoramic views that show just why Glasgow is known as the Dear Green Place, while taking in views of the medieval masterpiece that is Glasgow Cathedral. Visit The Friends of the Necropolis website for more information on tours and walks.

2. Family-friendly excursions in country park

For family-friendly walks, look no further than Glasgow’s biggest green space, Pollok Country Park. There is so much to see and do for little explorers! Take a stroll on one of the woodland or fairy trails, look at the stunning beds of autumn-flowering dahlias, take in the picture-perfect country manor - Pollok House, or head along Pollok Avenue to see the stars of the park - the Highland cattle.

3. A historic walk along the River Clyde

The River Clyde is one of the best spots to see how Glasgow has changed through the ages. Famed for its shipbuilding past, the River Clyde is now home to many of the city’s most modern buildings. Visit Glasgow’s Clyde Bridges Heritage Trail website for an excellent walking route zig-zagging across the river. The walk takes in 21 bridges, some of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings such as The SSE Hydro and finishes at the city’s oldest park, Glasgow Green, all in less than four miles.

4. A leafy walk joining two of the city's finest parks

Two of the city’s most beautiful parks, stunning architecture and one of the UK’s coolest neighbourhoods are all in one easy riverside walk!

Starting in Kelvingrove Park, you can view two of the city's most iconic buildings, the University of Glasgow and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Follow the leafy Kelvin Walkway along the River Kelvin, which takes you past Kelvinbridge. Once at the Botanic Gardens, you can enjoy the tree trail looking its best in autumnal colours.

5. Wildlife spotting on a city canalside stroll

Just five minutes from the city centre is the Forth and Clyde Canal. A hidden gem to the north of Glasgow, the canal offers the chance for short or long walks along calm green corridors. Enjoy a stroll as barges and bicycles pass by and take the time to spot the wildlife, as the canal is home to kingfishers, beavers and otters. For ideas on which wildlife to look out for and information on canal trails visit the Scottish Canals website.

Enjoy taking pictures of stunning autumnal scenes? Check out our article on the Top Instagrammable Spots in Glasgow for inspiration on more picture-perfect locations in the city.

Article last updated: September 2021

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