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  • Chatelherault House is the hunting lodge for the Dukes of Hamilton, by Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
    Chatelherault House, South Lanarkshire
  • Family walk along a river on the Clyde Valley Tourist Route
    Clyde Valley Tourist Route
  • Looking down on the Falls of Clyde, a waterfall with trees either side
    The Falls of Clyde
  • A couple wak through Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park
    Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow's West End

It may be Scotland’s most populous city but you may be surprised to learn that it is one of the leafiest cities in Europe with over 90 public parks and gardens.  Glasgow in its Gaelic form means ‘dear green place’ and as the saying goes, the clue is in the name.

Walking in Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley

As well as sculpted gardens and green open spaces, the city is surrounded by hills and woodlands. Make the most of this easy access to the great outdoors and discover the remains of the great Antonine Wall, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or start your epic journey along the West Highland Way, a national trail that stretches all the way to Forth William in the Highlands.

Below is just a small selection of the many trails you could choose to walk in the region arranged according to difficulty.

Easy walks

  • Chatelherault Country Park Green Bridge Trail
    Distance: 8km; duration: 3 hours
    Meandering through a vast country park, along riverside and woodland trails, this walk takes in castle ruins and an 18th century lodge as well as giving walkers chances to spy elusive otters and badgers.
  • Falls of Clyde
    This riverside walk gives you good insight into what inspired some of the works of poet Wordsworth and artist Turner, both of whom once visited the three waterfalls here. The walk to the highest waterfall, the Bonnington Linn, takes about 45 minutes. To see them at their most spectacular, visit a day after heavy rainfall.
  • Kelvingrove Park Heritage Trail
    Duration: 1.5 hours
    Starting from the red sandstone of the Kelvingrove Museum and finishing at the Kelvingrove Bridge, you’ll see no fewer than 35 sites of interest in Glasgow’s West End which help piece together fragments of the social and historic fabric of this thriving city.
  • Clyde Muirshiel
    Distance: 300m - 15.5km; duration: 0.15 - 6 hours
    There are a number of routes around Scotland’s largest regional park to choose from, some as short as just 300m others as long as 6 hours. The park’s lochs and hills are favoured for watersports, mountaineering and more.
  • Pollok Park
    Distance: 5.25km; duration: 1.5 hours
    Nestled in Glasgow’s south side, the leafy estate adjoining stately Pollok House has been consistently voted one of Britain and Europe’s best parks and is the city’s largest. The mansion house is also home to a treasure trove of priceless artwork gifted to the city of Glasgow, known as the Burrell Collection, which is free to visit.
  • Moderate walks

  • Tinto Hill
    Distance: 8km; duration: 2-3 hours
    As the highest point in central Scotland, Tinto Hill was made for walking. On the clearest of days, expect to see as far as Ailsa Craig, the haunting island off the Ayrshire coast, the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland and as far as the Lake District and Lochnagar in the Cairngorms.
  • Kelvin Walkway
    Distance: 17km; duration: 4.5-5.5 hours
    Linking the end of the West Highland Way in Milngavie to the heart of Glasgow, this walking route, following the paths of the rivers Clyde, Kelvin and Allander, brings the tranquil countryside to the fringes of Glasgow’s bustling city centre.
  • The Whangie, Kilpatrick Hills
    Distance: 4.5km; duration: 1.5-2 hours
    As you can probably imagine from its bizarre name, the Whangie is strange rock form in the Kilpatrick Hills north of Glasgow. A walk to its summit is well rewarded with views of Loch Lomond, the Campsie Fells and further afield to the Highlands.
  • Cutler Fell, near Biggar
    Distance: 18.5km; duration: 5-6.5 hours
    The most popular of Lanarkshire’s rolling hills, the walking climb of Cutler Fell makes an easy hill walk but as part of this route, it takes you deep into the hills and around Coulter Reservoir.
  • Carleatheran and Stronend, near Kippen
    Distance: 23.25km; duration: 5-6.5 hours
    Explore the steep slopes of the volcanic escarpment near Fintry and the Gargunnock Hills before reaching the summits of Carleatheran and Stronend to enjoy views over Glasgow, the Flanders Moss and the Highlands.
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