At the weekend, I spent the day with my girl Vicky, who lives in Edinburgh. I just adore when out-of-town friends visit (especially ones as lovely as Vicky!), not just because we spend the day chatting and laughing, but because it gives me an opportunity to show them around Glasgow and take time to enjoy the things I’d normally walk past most days!
Our Sunday adventures got me thinking about what you can see and do if you spend a day walking around the city. Not only was it fun to re-discover some of the spots we visited, but afterwards I felt happy and relaxed – it just shows the difference getting outside in the sunshine can make.
It was really nice to be a tourist in my own town for a change, and I wanted to share a few ideas with you if you ever want to spend the day seeing some of Glasgow on foot (I highly recommend it!)…
Grab an epic brunch
No-one likes to start a day of adventuring on an empty stomach, so take a stroll over to one of Glasgow’s many cafes for some brunch. My current favourites include Wilson Street Pantry and Spitfire Espresso – both based in Merchant City and sure to set you up for the day with eggs and good coffee.
Walking tip: plan your route to Merchant City along Ingram Street to spot beautiful buildings and drool-worthy designer stores!
Hit up the museums and galleries
You don’t need a car to take in a little bit of culture you know! In the city centre alone you can find the Gallery of Modern Art and The Lighthouse – head a further afield and there’s the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Riverside Museum – to name a few.
Walking tip: if you’re visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, walk through the lush, leafy Kelvingrove park. There’s stunning views from the top of the hills and lots to see in the park itself – from skateboarders to ducks!
Go on a photo walk
Set yourself a creative challenge (for example, to take 10 interesting or colourful photos!) and go on a photo walk around the city. You might decide to capture street art, or monuments, or something personal to you! Have fun with it and I bet you’ll be amazed at what you discover.
Walking tip: You can might to cover a particular area of town with your challenge, or make it more spontaneus with your camera ready to click. I always like to start in the city centre, right in George Square, and work my way outwards.
Head to an event on foot
Before your day out, do a bit of research and see if there are any events happening that you fancy swinging by, then plan your walk around that. And in Glasgow, it is very likely that there will be a pop-up, a craft fair or a mini-festival going down, just waiting for you to discover it!
Walking tip: On your way, keep your eyes peeled for a cute coffee shop (Glasgow is bursting with amazing places!) to stop into when you’re heading back.
Seeing how vibrant the city looks always makes me feel inspired to walk around more, and it’s an amazing (and free!) mood-booster. You guys know I am ALL about the good vibes around here, so let me know if there are any parts of Glasgow that you’re dying to explore or re-discover on foot! Greener Scotland are also encouraging everyone to share photos of their brightest journeys and walks (to work, school or otherwise!) online using the tag #walktaework – so be sure to check out their page to find out more.
Have you ever shown a friend around town and played tourist in your own city? Where are some of your favourite walks?
These boots were made for walkin’…
With thanks to Greener Scotland