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Walks around Glasgow allow you to know Scotland’s largest city on an intimate level, giving you an appreciation of its history, people and surrounding landscapes. In the city, you can lose yourself in streets peppered with art, culture and heritage sites. From its towering murals and wonderful sculptures to world-class architecture, there’s always something to see.


Around the city, there are over 90 parks and gardens to discover, giving plenty of possibilities for longer, greener hikes around Glasgow. From the extensive views found at historic Cathkin Braes, the city’s highest point, to the 360-acre (146 ha) sprawl of Pollok Country Park, you can easily seek tranquillity within the city limits. 


So, whether seeking culture in the city centre’s streets, following the Clyde to get a sense of its rich history or looking to escape to a pretty greenspace within the city limits, hikes around Glasgowwill not disappoint.


Top 20 best walks and hikes around Glasgow

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    Intermediate
    03:19
    7.93 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:58
    4.69 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:49
    4.27 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:46
    6.58 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:49
    4.25 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:39
    4.02 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:47
    6.61 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:24
    3.38 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:26
    5.80 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:36
    3.86 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:24
    8.07 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:28
    5.89 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:38
    3.95 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:14
    5.31 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    00:52
    2.11 mi
    2.4 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:16
    5.42 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:57
    11.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:36
    8.49 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:48
    6.84 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:26
    3.33 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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Glasgow and the River Clyde


There’s a saying ‘Glasgow made the Clyde and the Clyde made Glasgow.’ The city grew to prominence thanks to trade along the River Clyde and the shipbuilding and engineering industries that sprung up along the river. For much of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, Glasgow was said to be the second city of the British Empire. 


Some of the best hiking routes in Glasgow follow this great river to learn more about its history, while allowing you to marvel at the industrial muscle still present today, as well as the architecture the city is renowned for.


A riverside amble reveals modern marvels like the iconic Armadillo auditorium, Glasgow Tower and the Science Centre, as well as the more traditional, but no less stunning, architecture of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, which date back to 1898. The surrounding streets are full of vibrant cafes, restaurants and other great places to take a pause. The People’s Palace is in the heart of Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest park and home to the Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world, as well as the grand McLennan Arch.


A green city


There are plenty of walks around Glasgow that escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets. The city is peppered with parks, gardens and nature reserves, many of which can be linked together on a longer walk. Pollok Country Park is the city’s largest greenspace and offers peace and quiet in its extensive woodlands and gardens.


Glasgow’s highest point can be found to the south at Cathkin Braes, an area of hills that rise to over 660 feet (200 m) and reward with extensive city views, as well as to the Campsie Fells, the Ochil Hills and distant Ben Lomond.


The opening stages of an iconic long-distance trail


The northern satellite town of Milngavie is where the famous West Highland Way begins, a 96-mile (154 km) long-distance trail to Fort William in the heart of the Highlands. The initial stages visit Mugdock Country Park, a delight to explore in its own right. Its 667 acres (270 ha) of heath, moor and woodland boast accessible trails, lochside paths, Second World War gun sites and castle ruins.


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