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Top 5 summer walks in Glasgow

The summer has arrived and what better time of year to get out and about walking. From quirky lanes to wildlife spotting to an urban oasis, check out 5 of the best summertime walks in Glasgow.

1. The lively lanes of Glasgow's West End

The lanes in the west of the city are perfect for a wander on a summer’s day. Browse the independent traders that occupy the colourful studio spaces in The Hidden Lane in Finnieston before heading to Ashton Lane, where you’ll find a great selection of outdoor cafes and bars. Be sure to pop to The University Café on Byres Road, which has been serving up ice creams to the locals for over 100 years.

2. Stroll around an urban greenspace  

A woman and a child walk between planters filled with tall plants towards an open greenspace and towering chimney which remains as an ode to time gone by. The sky is blue and the top of the local Sikh Temple can be spotted between treesA sunny day in the city's Hidden Gardens

The Hidden Gardens is an urban oasis found at the back of Tramway in the city’s Southside. Now open, you can walk to the Hidden Gardens easily from the city centre or the south neighbourhoods of Pollokshields or Shawlands. Discover nature and explore the gardens at the height of their summer beauty. 

3. Discover outdoor art in the city centre

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? The city’s contemporary art scene, like the city itself, is down-to-earth, edgy and open to all. Take in the brand new City Centre Contemporary Art Trail and discover 14 artworks by international and Scottish artists. Take it at your own pace and pop into a café or two at the various stops around the Merchant City and Royal Exchange Square. Visit our page on the trail for the full route and list of artworks.

4. A family-friendly loop by the River Clyde

Take a peaceful stroll along the riverside boardwalk at Cunnigar Loop and enjoy the views of the River Clyde. Be sure to take a picnic to enjoy in the large meadow afterwards. And look out for bats, butterflies and bullfinches, which enjoy the thousands of native trees that have been planted. Visit Forestry and Land Scotland's map of the park to plan your visit.

5. Wildlife spotting in a Glasgow nature reserve

Hogganfield Park and Local Nature Reserve is a brilliant place for a wander with all the family. There is a path surrounding the central loch in the park, where many varieties of water birds can be spotted. Look out for species such as Tufted Duck, Goldeneye and Goosander in this natural location. Visit Glasgow City Council's parks pages for more info on Hogganfield Park and the city's numerous parks and gardens.

For more ideas on how to enjoy the city just now, visit our 11 things you can do in Glasgow now page.

Article last updated: July 2021