Festivities, chain restaurants, bustling coffee houses and sweaty shops aside, every city has their little quiet patches. Here are our favourite five in Glasgow, for all of the tranquility hunters among us.
- Doon by the Clyde
Passenger once wrote a song called Feather on the Clyde and we believe the delicate motif of said feather, airily floating by in question, is a wonderful and accurate representation of our city’s river. The banks of the river Clyde are pedestrianised for walkers and cyclists (beware of the separate lanes for each). You can join a lane from as close to the city centre as behind St. Enoch Subway Station, and you can walk as far as Bridgeton via the picturesque Glasgow Green park or to the West End via the Hydro – depending on whether you take left or right at this point. It’s peaceful but popular spot for strollers and joggers, particularly during sunset where the water glistens like liquid gold as it rises.
2. On the Concert Hall Steps
Situated at the very highest point of Buchanan Street – Glasgow’s award-winning and aptly named Style Mile – is the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The Concert Hall towers above Buchanan Street and is made accessible by a set of particularly grand, iconic steps that city dwellers now utilise for moments of downtime between shops. It’s the perfect place to catch your breath and scoff an ice-cream while not leaving the atmosphere entirely.
3. Under Kelvinbridge
Deep within the depths of Kelvingrove Park is large archway known as Kelvinbridge. (For ease of access, Kelvinbridge itself is a stop on Glasgow’s barely two-dimensional Subway.) Depending on what time you visit, the bridge is eerily silent and on the route to Kelvingrove Park itself which is full of nooks and crannies to cosy up in, if the habitant wildlife allow.
4. Up By The Necropolis
A world away (pardon the pun) from the clammy, greasy, sensory conflating properties of the city centre, but not so far out that it’s too far to walk to, is Glasgow’s famous Necropolis.
Over 50,000 people have been buried in the mound that towers far above Glasgow’s East End and is separated by a large arched bridge known as The Bridge of Sighs. It’s a welcomed slice of peace and quiet virtually on the outskirts of the city and a historical trek predating 1833.
5. Round Glasgow Green
For a park that successfully accommodated T in the Park’s replacement festival TRNSMT this year, the Race for Life and the Colour Run within weeks of each other, Glasgow Green is surprisingly not short of a quiet corner or two despite being arguably the city’s most versatile location. As with all of Glasgow’s parks, the Green is a favourite among fitness fanatics and is also home to various rowing clubs due to the easy access to the Clyde itself. The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens is located on the Green as well for those who fancy a quite nibble and a heat on colder days.