Glasgow, the dear green place. The nickname is thought to be derived from the Gaelic name for the city, Glaschu. And while the city might not be famous for its reliable summer weather, when the sun does make a fleeting appearance there is no shortage of green spaces to head out and enjoy the weather with your friends. So, here are five of the best picnic spots in Glasgow for you to enjoy on a day out. 

The Botanic Gardens 

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Firstly, Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens are situated at the intersection of two bustling West End streets, Byers Road and Great Western Road- only a short walk from Hillhead Subway Station. The Botanic Gardens are an excellent spot to take a break and enjoy a bite to eat with friends and family. Within the vast green park, which leaves plenty of space for picnics, there also sits two glasshouses which are home to a variety of plant collections. These, coupled with the various trails that run through the grounds, mean you could spend a whole day exploring this Glasgow beauty spot. The gardens also house a tearoom which means despite the Glasgow weather, lunch in the gardens can be enjoyed all year round. 

Glasgow Green

The best picnic spots in Glasgow revealed 
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Back in the city centre, Glasgow Green is one of the best picnic spots in Glasgow. Despite the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens currently being closed, there is plenty else to see in the City’s oldest park. This includes the Obelisk and the Emblem commemorating the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Since it’s only a short walk from the River Clyde and the Trongate, Glasgow Green provides a tranquil break from the noise of the city. Likewise, the park is also often host to a variety of events such as the World Pipe Band Championship.

Pollok Country Park 

Pollok Country Park  glasgow
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Next up on our list is Pollok Country Park which is located on the South Side of the city. Pollok Country Park is not only the largest of the city’s parks but is the only country park in the city. With woodland walks, an orienteering course and plenty of wildlife, including Scotland’ speciality, highland cows. Also within the park is the newly refurbished Burrell Collection, which reopened earlier this year after having closed to the public back in 2016. Pollok House also sits within the grounds and showcases a collection of Spanish art and offers an Edwardian Kitchen Cafe if you forget your picnic at home.

Kelvingrove Park

The best picnic spots in Glasgow revealed 
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Another spot in the heart of the West End, Kelvingrove Park, is a great place for a picnic. It sits just down from the University of Glasgow and houses the renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. With the River Kelvin running through the park, tennis courts, bowling greens and the Kelvingrove bandstand, there is plenty to see and do at this scenic spot. Also, with a variety of bakeries and eateries nearby, you can skip the prep and buy your lunch on the way there.    

Queen’s Park 

Queen's Park
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Likewise,the city’s South Side also boasts Queen’s Park. Within this park there is a large variety of facilities, meaning there’s plenty to do before or after your picnic. Tennis courts, a skateboard park and an aviary mean this is a well-used spot all year round. Additionally, situated within gates is the Queen’s Park Arena. Hosting music events, and an open-air cinema that ran through the summer, this park is the perfect place to enjoy summer nights in the city (and possibly find a new favourite artist while you’re at it.)

So, despite summer drawing to a close there is still plenty of opportunity to go and enjoy the best picnic spots in Glasgow. Whether it’s in the parks or gardens there is also the opportunity to try out some new sports, see some live music or view some spectacular art while taking a break from the studying in the dear green place. For more things to do in the city, check out our guide to the best beer gardens in Glasgow. 

Last Updated on June 19, 2024