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Our Favourite Outdoor Spots in Glasgow

17 September 2020

Sometimes you just can’t beat stepping outside, getting some fresh air and taking a break from studying! If you are attending university in Glasgow, there are lots of places to explore and ways to enjoy the glorious outdoors. From stunning scenery to plenty of greenery, parks and history, you are spoilt with choice!

In 2019, a study published by the International Journal of Environmental Health Research stated that spending just 20 minutes in a green space is long enough to have a positive impact on one’s wellbeing, even if you don’t exercise!

Whether you are visiting the beautiful Botanic gardens or exploring Fossil Grove Forest, you will have access to the kind of beautiful outdoor wilderness that tourists around the world yearn for when they visit Scotland. Here are some of our favourite outdoor spots.

Pollok Country Park

Pollok Country Park is located in the south west of Glasgow City – just 3 miles from the centre. Once named the best park in Europe, Pollok Country Park hosts a beautiful 146-hectare garden with extensive woodlands, so there is plenty to explore. If you enjoy running, cycling or just want to take a scenic walk, it has lots of trail paths and three mountain bike circuits, a great spot to adventure around Glasgow traffic free!

Botanic Gardens

These stunning gardens are a major attraction in the West End of the city, with a selection of glasshouses including The Kibble Palace, an incredibly famous Curvilinear Glasshouse designed by John Kibble. You can also explore the fine heritage trail, which takes you through the gardens to the Kelvin Walkway and Arboretum.

Glasgow Necropolis

Next to the magnificent Glasgow Cathedral, sits the Necropolis, an intriguing Victorian garden cemetery full of architecture, sculpture and fascinating stories. We understand visiting a cemetery may not be at the top of your list, but this is one the most significant cemeteries in Europe so it’s defiantly worth a visit! To guide you around, you can find trail maps online.
Alternatively, the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis offer an informal walking tour of the 37- acres. It’s a free guide, but as a charity run organisation any donations you can provide in return would be very welcomed.

Fossil Grove Forest

Ever heard of an ancient forest? Fossil Grove is a unique earth heritage site with 11 fossil trees discovered in 1887, the fossilized tree stumps are thought to be more than 300 million years old. You might be scratching your head thinking why you would want to visit a small fossilised forest, but if you’re looking for something different and a sci-fi atmosphere, this is the spot! The forest is located within Glasgow’s Victoria Park west of the city and is open to the public from noon till 5pm, April to September.

Kelvingrove Park

Located on the River Kelvin in the West End of the city of Glasgow, Kelvingrove is a popular park to catch some wildlife and take a heritage trail walk, check it out here. Within the park you can also find a bandstand, skatepark, bowling and croquet area, now you can see why it’s a popular student spot! If you want to head inside and explore the 22 galleries and incredible architecture, the renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is free to access and one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.

We’re not stopping there! Here is some other spots worth adding to your list:

Provand’s Lordship – the oldest house in Glasgow with a secret hidden herb garden.
Queens Park – for peaceful naturalised walks with a duck pond view.
Glasgow Green by the Clyde – the city’s oldest park.

Happy adventuring!

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