Are you looking for somewhere new to do your daily exercise? Here are eight of the prettiest places in Glasgow to go for a relaxing morning jog!
A cemetery may not seem like a likely place for a jog, but Glasgow’s Necropolis is one of the most beautiful areas of the city. Sitting atop a hill behind St. Mungo’s Cathedral, Necropolis offers a breathtaking view of Glasgow. Filled with Victorian monuments and stone sculptures, it is a historic and humbling place to visit. The wind chill from the hilltop will keep you cool as you run too.
2. Pollok Country Park
Pollok Country Park is the only Country Park in Glasgow and the largest park overall. With its winding river and extensive woodlands, it is no surprise that Pollok Country Park was voted best park in Europe in 2008. In the centre of the park sits Pollok House, a grand National Trust property which is the ancestral home of the Stirling Maxwell family. On the other side of the park sits the modern Burrell Collection building. Just watch out for the herd of Highland cows whilst you’re jogging!
3. Finnieston Riverside
This industrial area running along the Clyde is much more beautiful than it sounds. When the sun shines, it sparkles on the glass of the skyscrapers and glistens on the waves, bringing the Finnieston area to life. You will pass landmarks such as the Riverside Museum, the Science Centre, the Hydro, SEC and Clyde Auditorium, and the famous Finnieston crane.
4. The Botanical Gardens
The Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a sprawling landscape of wildflowers, porcelain sculptures, and striking glasshouses. This is one of the most colourful places in Glasgow. The Gardens are 50 acres in size, giving you plenty of space to explore on your jog. If you need a break to get your breath back, you can take a walk around the Kibble Palace or stop off at the tearoom for a drink.
5. Bellahouston Park
This 180-acre park is the site for many open-air concerts. When there is not a festival happening, however, it is a gorgeous public park that is perfect for a jog. It includes a walled garden designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh which you can visit. With its sprawling grassland and many winding paths, you can take a different jogging route every day.
6. The Mural Trail
The Mural Trail is a series of wall murals scattered around Glasgow city centre. The murals were painted by local artists to improve the look of some of the more run-down buildings around the city. The paintings include images of Glasgow’s historic saints, various animals, and Billy Connolly. There is a clear path you can follow to see each mural, giving you an exciting and colourful journey for your jog.
7. Kelvingrove Park
This park is well known for housing the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, but the park itself is worth a visit. There are plenty of things to see in this gorgeous park including, of course, the Museum, as well as the Stewart Memorial Fountain, the River Kelvin, and the Lord Frederick Sleigh Roberts Monument. The park also has an impressive bandstand with a steep amphitheatre which can be used as steps for a cardio workout.
8. Glasgow Green
This historic land is known nowadays as the location for Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival, but there is so much more to the Green than that. Enter through the McLennan Arch and look out for the William Collins Fountain and the Nelson Monument. There are also two beautiful bridges to take a trip across, St. Andrew’s Suspension Bridge and the Tidal Weir. Don’t forget the People’s Palace sits on the Green and is one of Glasgow’s most famous buildings.