As the season of crunchy leaves, crisp days and cosy pubs approaches there truly is no better time to explore the beauty that lies right on your doorstep. Whether you're keen to keep it cosmopolitan with a street art trail or get better acquainted with nature in a sprawling green space, our gorgeous city has got you covered. Better yet? We’ve made it easier than ever to strap on your walking boots and pound those pavements with a guide to the best winter walks in and around Glasgow, and the tasty spots to grab lunch after.
Forth and Clyde Canal Towpath and Rockvilla Pizza
The Forth and Clyde Canal winds all the way through the city and across Scotland, ending up in Edinburgh Quay. Stretching 56km, it’s not the sort of walk you’ll fancy tackling in one go, but the towpath offers the perfect route, no matter how many steps you’ve got in mind. Start at Stockingfield Junction and take the south branch that heads towards Glasgow city centre, passing the Patrick Thistle stadium and swanky warehouse flats. After an hour or so of stomping, veer eastwards to end up at Rockvilla Pizza, where your efforts will be rewarded with steaming slices and New York cheesecake. Result.
Kelvingrove Park and BrewDog
Kelvingrove Park is a packed out spot during summer, when students and city workers alike congregate to enjoy their lunch and soak up a few rays. In the chillier months though, this oasis transforms into a wonderland of golden hues - the perfect setting for a winter walk in Glasgow. We recommend entering through Clairmont Gardens, before wandering through the park's main thoroughfare, seeking out Victorian fountains and bronze sculptures as you go. On your way out, stop by the River Kelvin, where you may even spot the odd salmon swimming below. Finish up your day with a feast at nearby BrewDog which offers over 30 beers on tap alongside a menu of loaded fries and juicy burgers.
Merchant City Mural Trail and Absurd Bird
Boasting some of the UK’s finest street art, our city reveals explosions of colour at every turn. The perfect excuse for a winter walk in Glasgow, there are plenty of trails on offer that will allow you to see the best of these giant murals. Highlights include Smug’s Fellow Glasgow Residents and New Wynd’s Spaceman which can both be found in Merchant City. Be sure to also head towards Mitchell Street where you’ll find a levitating taxi, held up by hundreds of colourful balloons, created by the artist Rogue One. Once you’re all cultured out, refuel and restock at Absurd Bird, where bottomless chicken wings and boozy shakes rule the roost.
Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens and Innis & Gunn
With several straightforward trails on offer, Glasgow's Botanic Gardens is packed full of exotic plants, elegant statues and local wildlife. And if you’ve got little ones in tow? There's also a minibeast walk that’ll be sure to keep temper tantrums at bay. When you’re all finished up with your rambles, mosey on over to Ashton Lane, the gorgeous cobbled street that has a reputation for its twinkling lights and buzzing bars. Call in at Innis & Gunn for a plate of beer-battered fish and chips, washed down with one of their signature ales.
Pollok Country Park and The McMillan
Previously named the best park in Europe, Pollok Country Park certainly isn’t your standard football pitch and rusty set of swings affair. Spread over 361 acres, the grand space was originally part of the Old Pollok Estate, but was made into a public area in 1966. It is the largest bit of green in Glasgow, and comes complete with its very own museum, allotments and a friendly herd of Highland cattle. Pay the gentle giants a visit, before doing a full loop of the park and finishing up at The McMillan for a hearty roast. And if those fluffy beasts have got you feeling all misty-eyed? There are a few veggie alternatives too.
Keen for more winter inspo? Check out our guide to Glasgow's cosiest pubs here.