Category Archives: Parks

Escape the city for something green and magical

With over 90 parks and gardens in Glasgow, it’s understandable that you might not get around to seeing them all.  But the South Side’s Pollock Park is not to be missed.   There is so much to this fantastic sprawling space – and the Burrell Collection is only part of its charm.

Woodland wonder

Pond in Pollock Park, GlasgowFirst up are the woodland trails – each one with its own attractions.   I’m keen to find the big dray horses and visitor centre but I’m overruled by my husband and the boys – and so our quest for the Fort begins.

Admittedly it’s not as freakishly balmy as a few weeks ago but it’s still good to be out walking in the woods, taking in the scenery and soaking up the sights and sounds.  Even learned a little about ‘predator pikes’ but didn’t see any lurking in the pond.

Breathe in the history

We reach the Iron Age Fort and it’s amazing – and apparently one of the best preserved.  You can see the ringed ditch with earthen banking on both sides – and even though you might need a bit of imagination to fill in the rest, the history is heavy in the air.  Admittedly the boys aren’t as impressed by its historical significance and would rather duel with their wooden sticks than admire a 2000 year old artefact.

Feeling adventurous we stray off the trail for the rest of our walk following the path of beautiful forget-me-nots and daffodils that lead us to a peculiar looking loveseat carved from a tree-trunk – a rather magical discovery.

Easter egg challenge anyone?

It’s  easy to spend the entire day here – and it’s well worth checking it out over the Easter weekend for the egg treasure hunt on Sunday – or explore the visitor centre.  And if you’re feeling extra bold, enjoy a dray ride with the Clydesdale Horses.

– B

2012 – No better time to explore Glasgow

What does Tokyo, Havana and Glasgow all have in common?  Well, according to The New York Times we’re one of the 45 must see places of 2012.

And we couldn’t agree more.

But of course you don’t need one of the most-read Pulitzer Prize winning newspapers to tell you this.   Quite simply Glasgow is fantastic.   Still – it’s nice to be sited as a respectable 12th on the esteemed list.

And while we aim to highlight all those wonderful must-see and do places in glorious Glasgow – understandably we also know that after the Christmas extravagance, January can be penny-pinching time.

Glasgow the fresh and free

Child with swans at Queen's Park, GlasgowBut doing something wonderful in Glasgow doesn’t have to cost a thing – in fact, Queen’s Park in the South Side provides a great day of sight seeing, beautiful scenery and discovery.

Steeped in history it offers fantastic views, extensive rose gardens and if you wonder up to the Glasshouse, you can check out exotic wildlife (fish, birds and reptiles), foliage and various flowering plants.

And what better way to use up stale bread than on feathery friends.  I was treated to a swan show complete with a backdrop ballet performed by mallards, tufted ducks and a variety of other creatures of the winged variety.

Detox your wallet, replenish your soul

So don’t suffocate inside lamenting a diminishing bank account – get out, breathe in the new year in fresh crisp air.   Detox your wallet and replenish your soul at Queen’s Park or one of Glasgow’s many other outdoor wonders.

2012 is the year to explore Glasgow!  And with over 90 parks and gardens throughout the city – there’s ample choice, something for everyone and really  no good excuse not to.

– T