I’ve not been posting much on here lately as I’ve been arranging travel plans for this summer, so not actually had time to do anything worth writing about. But I have managed to explore Glasgow. So here is an rundown of what I have been up to this past month exploring Glasgow:
Rouken Glen Park
A lot of this month has been about exploring Glasgow parks. I know this doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing in the world but they really are the most amazing places, and hidden away in the middle of Scotland’s biggest city.
I went to Rouken Glen a lot as a kid for the Playground (there is a zip line) but going back now that I’m older I can actually appreciate how incredible it is. The wooded areas are so dense you would think you are miles from anywhere. My favourite place was the Boating Pond (as seen in the picture above). It was one of the first warm days of Spring and we sat by the pond, enjoying ice-cream from the little cafe. Perfect.
My ‘local’ park – not in the sense that it’s the closest to my house, but in that it’s my fave! It’s pretty massive. I’ve been going for years and I still stumble across areas I’ve never seen before. Also, there are Clydesdale Horses and Highland Cows, so what more could you want out of a Scottish Park?
St. Mungo’s Cathedral:
I had been here before on a school trip when I was about 16 years old, but to be honest couldn’t remember much about it. It was incredible inside. So many different rooms, it just kept going on and on. If you are ever exploring Glasgow (or live in Glasgow but have never thought to check it out) I would definitely pop in.
One of the few parks I had never been to. To be fair there is not much there. It’s quite small, seemingly surrounded by main roads as you could hear traffic wherever you were. The one cool park was the ‘Sunken Garden’ – which I think used to be an actual garden, but is now home to an art installation called ‘Glasgow Roots’ situated in the preserved basement of Bellahouston House. Above is the original entrance, but it is now fully out in the open.
The Riverside Museum:
Back when I was younger they had the Museum of Transport which was across the road from Kelvingrove Art Gallery. It was awesome. Basically a museum of old buses, taxis, ships, cars, streets of Glasgow, but you get to go on the buses and walk down recreated streets and subway stations. As a kid, this was pretty incredible. Older, it was also very cool, maybe with a little less awe. They built the Riverside Museum (above) in 2011 I think as part of the Clydeside Regeneration and shut down the old museum. It’s not a lot smaller and a lot of the cars etc are displayed on the walls so you can’t really get at them. Still really interesting though.
My childhood park. There was a killer play area when I was younger that has since been replaced with a very small, safe looking playground. Poor kids these days, they’re missing out! We explored further into the park to find it is much bigger than I originally thought. We finally found the old ruins of Cathcart Castle (where Mary Queen of Scots reportedly spent the night) which was really just a wall. So underwhelming.
But towards the other end was much cooler. It seemed to get more quaint and picturesque the further we went. We happened across a little waterfall (as you do) and climbed up to the top to have lunch. It was getting late before we could keep exploring so that is for another day.
So there it is! My month of exploring Glasgow has been full of parks, museums and churches. I’ve enjoyed getting to know my own city. Glasgow is a pretty interesting place.
I’ll finish off with a picture my friend took of me in Linn Park yesterday which is probably the happiest I have ever looked in my life