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Explore Glasgow – Outdoors

Explore Glasgow

We asked our Facebook fans to create a one day itinerary for visitors to Glasgow who love the outdoors. From the beauty of the Botanics, to a picnic with highland cows, these local tips will ensure that your visit to the dear green place is packed full of flora, fauna and fresh air.

Glasgow 2014 Facebook fan John Bryden recommends starting your outdoors adventure on the doorstep of the awe-inspiring Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

“Follow the River Clyde past the Athletes’ Village, making sure to take in some of the many historic bridges that span the river.”

You’ll pass the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens.

At the Jamaica Street Railway Bridge, Jenny Wilson suggests hopping on a boat for a short trip down the river to Glasgow’s West End. Here you’ll find the University of Glasgow and the magnificent Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.

If you’ve got the time, stop for a quick game of bowls on the pristine greens at the Kelvingrove Lawns Bowls Centre.

Afterwards, follow the River Kelvin as it winds its way through Kelvingrove Park – a calm and leafy oasis in the middle of Glasgow’s bustling West End.

Evelyn Johnston recommends exiting the river path at the Botanic Gardens and taking some time to enjoy the picturesque gardens and view some of the exotic plants on display in the greenhouses.

You’ll find plenty of excellent cafes to eat lunch in nearby. When you’ve refuelled, Ronnie McGowan suggests hopping on the subway to Govan – heart of the old shipbuilding industry. Here you can visit Harmony Row Football Club (where Sir Alex Ferguson started his career) and Govan Old Church – an ancient place of worship that houses an impressive collection of carved medieval stones.

Jenny Wilson recommends ending your day with a trip to Pollock Country Park – winner of the 2008 Europe’s Best Park Award. You can explore the park’s extensive woodlands, say hello to the many highland cows that live in the park and enjoy an evening picnic in the gardens of Pollok House – the ancestral home to the Maxwell Family.

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