Top 5 Walks in Glasgow

With Glaswegian Music to Walk To!

From U to T (approx. 40 mins)

Letters To The Metro (Zombi Remix) – Mogwai

Balance speed and scenic vistas on your walk from uni to town by taking Park Road (off Great Western) through Woodlands. Here you’ll see such sights as The Arlington (very cheap Glen’s and Tia Maria style White Russians) and a statue of a cartoon cowboy on a horse.Follow the road up over the M8 bridge for a slice of autobahnesque chic and continue up the hill past the art school, a park with a tiny pyramid in it and, with some luck, Buchanan Street. 

Can’t be beaten. 8/10 

Fairytale Paradise or the Kelvin River Walk (approx. 15 mins)

Lonely Love – BMX Bandits

A little-known wooded walk that is best accessed by a treacherously vertical slope on the right past the stone bridge from Byres Road to QM Drive. Once there you’ll forget everywhere you thought you were and be swept away by this lovely quiet waterside wonder. The main path along the river to the left leads to Gibson Street. Nobody knows about the one on the right.

Lots of enchantment. 10/10

The Necropolis (approx. 20 mins with minimal wandering)

Sukie in the Graveyard – Belle and Sebastian

Travel to the far east past Stratchclyde Uni following Cathedral St until you come across St Mungo’s Cathedral (who’d’ve thought). Behind this magnificent structure, with its bright, modernist, reproduction stained-glass windows, sits the Necropolis. Sprawling, spooky and choc-a-bloc with Victorian grandeur.

Quintessential graveyard. 9/10

Down and Out in Partick and Hyndland (30+ mins of wandering)

Carry On, Carry On – Edwyn Collins

A little known fact: if you find yourself wandering along Dumbarton Road and fancy a bit of mountaineering, Hyndland is only a laborious upward trek away. Don’t let that put you off though, upmarket Hyndland in all its hide-away glory is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll with the kids.

Pretend you’re on the school run. 7/10 

Kelvingrove Park [Circus] (approx. 20 mins) 

Son Of A Gun – The Vaselines

Okay so Kelvingrove was an obvious choice, but there’s a twist. Follow the path up the hill and Wallop! There’s a view and a half. Up above the park sits luxurious Park Circus with beautiful churches, houses, and yes, even beautiful roundabouts.

Fancy that. 8/10

[Josh Dodds]

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