Spring is here! Make the most of the extra daylight and brighter weather (here's hoping!) with our pick of five best city walks at this time of year. From spotting seasonal flowers in bloom to enjoying stunning views across the city, it's sure to put a spring in your step.
Glasgow city centre has great spots to see these glorious trees at both Glasgow Green and Blythswood Square. As one of the city's most prestigious squares, Blythswood Square has well-kept central gardens surrounded by elegant buildings, including the five-star Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel. When strolling around spot the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed entrance to The Glasgow Lady Artists' Society. Built in 1908, the entrance to this neo-classical terrace proved controversial in design at the time. Fans of Mackintosh's Art Nouveau style will enjoy a trip around the corner to Sauchiehall Street to view the exterior of the restored tearooms, Mackintosh at the Willow - visit their website to find out about their current online offering.
2. A walk with city wide views (Cathkin Braes Country Park)
In the south of the city, Cathkin Braes Country Park is well-known for its cycle routes and is also a great place for walking. Claiming the highest point in Glasgow, it is no surprise that it has the best panoramic city views. On a clear day, the Gleniffer Braes, Kilpatrick and Campsie ranges and many familiar mountain peaks can be seen. There are informal paths through ancient woodland, marsh and grassland, particularly beautiful in spring when its covered with bluebells and pink purslane. For more information on Cathkin Braes Country Park visit Glasgow City Council's parks pages.
3. A family-friendly stroll in the east (Alexandra Park)
Alexandra Park is a favourite spot for walkers amongst the local community in the east of the city. Enter through the ornate gates and walk by the floral displays that are currently showing signs of spring with their new blooms. The manageable size of the park, children's playgrounds and picnic areas make it a popular choice for families out for an afternoon. For more information on Alexandra Park visit Glasgow City Council's parks pages.
4. A wander in one of Glasgow's prettiest parks (Victoria Park)
Victoria Park in the city's west is known as one of Glasgow's prettiest parks with beautiful flower beds to walk around during spring. Wander around the formal displays spotting all your favourite flowers, with colours sure to put a spring in your step. While springtime is a marker of renewed life, look forward to being able to return to Victoria Park to visit the city's most ancient of sites - the preserved forest, Fossil Grove (attraction currently closed due to Covid-19). Until you can visit Fossil Grove in person, check out the Scottish Geology Festival virtual tour and talk on Fossil Grove, available to watch on YouTube, covering the history and future of this fascinating site. For more information on Victoria Park visit Glasgow City Council's parks pages.
5. Nature spotting along the water's edge (Forth and Clyde Canal)
Just five minutes north from the city centre is the Forth and Clyde Canal with a range of walks to be enjoyed along tranquil green spaces. Take a stroll along the towpath and enjoy a different view of the city. If you're a fan of wildlife, then this is the place to go! There are kingfishers, beavers, common toads, otters and swans living along the canalside. For ideas on which wildlife to look out for and for information on canal trails visit the Scottish Canals website.