Okay, so you’re like me and stuck in Glasgow during a pandemic and lockdown, but pre-lockdown you loved going on road-trips around Scotland and taking photos. What do you do?
Not gonna lie, it’s a difficult one sometimes – I have spent probably hours of my time googling to try and find places to visit in Glasgow that are 1) places I have never been before and 2) places that I can actually visit, i.e. that are actually accessible and not completely closed during lockdown. And, to be honest, I did struggle to find places I hadn’t visited before. But luckily there are quite a few places you can walk, and a few places you can take nice photos, so let’s go into that.
GLASGOW MURAL TRAIL – you can pop over here for my post on some of Glasgow murals in the city centre; take a wee walk around these (you can split it over more than one visit if you want) and get some good pictures as well as some exercise! My favourite is The World’s Most Economical Taxi, found in Mitchell Street just off Argyle Street. There are also loads of murals dotted around the west end, including down at SWG3 in Finnieston, definitely worth wandering around the area and exploring!
LINN PARK – I visited here for the first time a few weeks before Christmas and couldn’t believe I’d never visited before – a beautiful southside park complete with lovely views and some good walking options. (It was extremely muddy when I visited though, so you may wish to choose your footwear accordingly)
GLASGOW NECROPOLIS AND GLASGOW CATHEDRAL – you can get a great walk around the Necropolis and it makes a great vantage point for views of the Cathedral as well as views of Glasgow.
CATHKIN BRAES – another place with some awesome views of Glasgow, as well as the mountains behind.
FOSSIL GROVE AT VICTORIA PARK – you might not be able to see the fossils at the moment but this wee area of Victoria Park in the west end is like a little tropical oasis.
GLASGOW HARBOUR – a great vantage point in the west end for a sunset – as I live in Partick we often pop over here to see it.
A WALK ALONG THE CLYDESIDE in the city centre – you can get some great pictures of, and from, the various bridges. On a sunny day, the River Clyde is an absolute beaut.
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW CLOISTERS – this is definitely worth a visit, if you haven’t already been. And even if you already have. The Cloisters have featured in many films and TV programmes, and in the winter are all lit up and so pretty!
THE FORTH AND CLYDE CANAL – you can pop along to so many parts of the canal and make a walk as long or as short as you like; Speirs Wharf is probably one of my particular favourite parts, although I still have loads of this to explore.
ASHTON LANE – nothing in it may currently be open, but it still looks very pretty – I do miss having a wee drink in Jinty McGuintys, or raclette in Brel, though.
Hopefully this helps with some inspiration if you are in the same boat as me – but if you have anywhere else to suggest please let me know in the comments!