Translated from the Gaelic as ‘dear green place’, Glasgow is home to over 90 parks and gardens and has more green spaces per capita than any other European city.
Visit Kelvingrove Park on the banks of the River Kelvin and take in its Victorian grandeur. Why not follow the Kelvingrove Park Heritage Trail which starts at the art gallery and museum?
Also in the west, you can see the Botanic Gardens, where you’ll find attractive walks and the impressive glasshouses. Their temperate climates are idea for the hundreds of tropical plants from all over the world which can be found here.
On Glasgow Green, you can visit the People’s Palace and at the Winter Gardens and see the striking fountain and another beautiful Victorian glasshouse.
Lying south of the Clyde is the splendid Pollok Country Park, Glasgow’s biggest parkland and at nearby at Bellahouston Park, visit House for An Art Lover, a building entirely styled in Mackintosh design, both inside and out.
Away from the city, head to the sprawling Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park where you can enjoy sandy beaches, walks to the top of an extinct volcano and habitats for protected species such as hen harriers. At Milngavie’s Mugdock Country Park follow the short waymarked paths, explore two ruined castles and enjoy activities from horse riding and orienteering to archery and golf. For bird enthusiasts, why not visit the RSPB Nature Reserve at Lochwinnoch, one of the few wetlands left in west Scotland?