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

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.

Pollok Park:

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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:

St Mungos Cathedral
St Mungos 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.

Bellahouston Park:

Bellahouston Park

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:

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.

Linn Park:

Linn Park

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

Linn Park

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13 thoughts on “Exploring Glasgow: My Hometown”

  1. I love the look of these parks – little pockets of nature and tranquility in the bustling city. I’ve noticed too that playgrounds in the UK (and France) are becoming increasingly sterile and safe whilst those in the Germanic countries are becoming crazier and much more fun for little adventurers. I wonder why this is? Very interesting to read about your home town through your eyes – thanks! #farawayfiles

    1. It is a strange thing that the playparks look all very ‘safe’ now. I guess it’s a good thing, but nothing bad ever happened to me when we played on climbing frames 15ft high. Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. Hope you are feeling better Chiera. I really enjoyed discovering Glasgow through your eyes. I’ve only been there once to visit friends and we made it to the museum and that’s about it. The museum is great but I’d like to discover more . Thanks for joining us again on #FarawayFiles

  3. I’ve never been to Glasgow but would love to go one day!! Looks like there’s some really beautiful and fun things to do there 🙂 Linn Park looks especially pretty!

  4. I love that photo of you, Chiera. Very Little House on the Prairie. These are all great additions to my Glasgow wishlist. When I visited, we did lots in the city but I’d love to get out to these wonderful-looking parks, particularly now I’ve got kids who need to let off steam and have a run around. Thanks for sharing this on #FarawayFiles

    1. Glasgow is great for Parks! I’ve yet to visit one I don’t like. Even in the city centre there are a few (Glasgow Green and Kelvin Grove Park) so you wouldn’t need to wander too far away from town. 🙂

  5. I have been in Glasgow once. Unfortunately, I haven´t seen that much. The only place I visited was St. Mungo’s Cathedral. Thanks for sharing your tips. When I am coming back to Glasgow one day, I know what else to visit then. 🙂

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