Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, so there’s certainly plenty to do here. Unfortunately, the weather can be quite erratic! This list should hopefully help you enjoy the rare blue skies that Glasgow offers.
Bellahouston Park is situated beside House for an Art Lover, which is a Charles Rennie Mackintosh site and one of the things that draws many people to this area south of the River Clyde. However, the park itself also has a lot to offer. It has been used for many big events in the city, one of which is the Glasgow Summer Sessions. This is an annual music festival that has had some well-known performers over the past 5 years, including Kings of Leon, Eminem, The Killers and Paolo Nutini. Summer Sessions takes place at the end of August, so keep an eye out for tickets!
For me, eating is a key part of exploring a new city and Glasgow isn’t short of fantastic restaurants and bars. Byres Road is a great place to head for some al fresco dining. Hanoi Bike Shop is a lovely Vietnamese restaurant where you can sit outside in Ruthven Lane (just off Byres Road) and feel as though you are in Hanoi itself. Crolla’s Gelateria serves award winning ice cream and can be found just around the corner from Hanoi Bike Shop. It’s the perfect after dinner treat on a warm day.
Ashton Lane is a big attraction to people visiting Byres Road. The small, cobbled street is well-known for its bars and restaurants; you’re certainly spoiled for choice here. Brel offers a wonderful beer garden, where you can enjoy haggis mac ‘n’ cheese – a Scottish delicacy with a twist!
A 20-minute drive from Glasgow’s City Centre, you’ll find Rosshall Park, which is a public area. Rosshall includes a lovely garden that most people visit for the incredible rock garden. However, if you’re looking for something more, there’s also a disc golf course.
Disc golf originates from the USA, but it’s a popular sport in Queenstown, NZ and one that we’re lucky enough to have access to here in Glasgow. This sport follows the same principals as regular golf, but the main aim is to throw the disc into a basket. If you’re looking for something fun and different, grab yourself a mid-range disc and head to Rosshall Park for an afternoon of fun.
Glasgow is certainly not short of green space, but this is the oldest park in the city. You may not be guaranteed a chance to soak up the sun, but you’ll certainly be given the chance to soak up some history. Examples of the history you will find here includes Nelson’s Monument, The Doulton Fountain and the People’s Palace. Glasgow Green is also used for various events throughout the year including music festivals and sporting events, which gives both tourists and locals a reason to make their way to the east end on a sunny day.
One of Glasgow’s most iconic building’s is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, on the west side of the city and it’s one of the most visited museums in the UK (after London). Although many people will have heard of this great attraction, they may not know that it’s situated beside 85 acres of green space. I recommend making at stop at Tantrum Doughnuts and picking up a hibiscus and pistachio treat before taking a stroll around the beautiful grounds.
You can enjoy your tasty doughnut by the fountain and then work it off by making your way through the park to the top off the hill. From there, you will be met with a fantastic view over the city, including the beautiful university building.
We’ve established that not all summer days in Glasgow will be warm, but as long as it’s bright you can still enjoy the view from the top of The Lighthouse. This centre for design and architecture is a Charles Rennie Mackintosh building, which means that it’s a popular spot for art and design enthusiasts.
The Lighthouse has a permanent Mackintosh Centre as well as various exhibitions to wander round. However, art isn’t the only reason to visit this building. Once on the top level, you will have an amazing view over Glasgow, which becomes an even better image on a sunny day.