Hey world: keep your Neil Buchanans and your Banksys, because Glasgow’s where it’s well and truly at when it comes to street murals that will blow your freaking socks off (and jackets, hats, scarves, long johns and gloves too).

Street murals have long been helping to rejuvenate dingy lanes, revitalise dilapidated buildings and transform the landscape of our city as we know it, and the sheer breadth of talented artists are showing no signs of lifting their foot off the gas just yet.

The best part? Every one is within easy walking distance of the next, so even the most reluctant trekker has little excuse not to give it a bash. We’re even helping you on your way with our step-by-step guide below, outlining your journey from start to finish.

So limber up, dust off those walking boots, and equip yourself with this handy map from the good folks at City Centre Mural Trail before you begin your colourful quest.

This is mammoth. This is epic. This is, a Glasgow art attack.

The Marionettes by Rogue-One, John Street

Graffiti artist legend, Rogue-One, has his footprints (or handiwork) stamped around almost every Glasgow corner. Taking inspiration from a Beastie Boys cover and a Run DMC picture, the hip hop marionettes were born.


Image: Rogue-One

The University of Strathclyde’s ‘Wonderwall’ by Rogue One and Ejek, George Street

Celebrating the University of Strathclyde’s people and achievements, this masterpiece is almost 200 metres long, spanning much of George Street’s university buildings. The Dansken equatorial telescope featured below was once used to teach nautical astronomy. This maritime machinery can still be found on the university’s roof. No, we don’t recommend climbing it to see for yourself.

Image: Rogue-One

Saint Mungo by Smug, High Street

Australian street artist Smug has been making his mark around Glasgow for years with his mindblowingly realistic murals. He took only around a week to create this depiction of Glasgow’s patron saint, Saint Mungo, in modern-day clothes. The image is based on the story that when Mungo was young, some boys from his village were throwing stones at robins on the ground. One bird was hit and the boys ran away, but Mungo ran instead to the bird. Picking it up he smoothed its feathers and prayed over it. After a little while it was revived and flew away. The villagers called it a miracle, and so it was, that a boy should want to help a fallen bird.

Wellpark Brewery by Smug, Duke Street

If walking past this Dennistoun mural doesn’t make you choke for a pint – are you even Scottish? Smug tackled every inch of the Wellpark Brewery (home of Tennent’s beer) wall to illustrate the brand’s memory lane; from its old school marketing, right the way through to modern-day Glaswegian banter.

Four Seasons by Smug, Ingram Street

Undoubtedly our favourite Glasgow mural to date, we urge you to return to this gem time and time again, as with each visit you’re sure to spot yet another critter you didn’t quite catch the first time around – a magical element which almost leads you to the conclusion that the picture is changing with each and every visit.

Image: Scottish Field

Image: Walk Highlands

Badminton by Guido Van Helten, Wilson Street

Brought to life in time for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games (remember that? Literally the last time we had more than two days of good weather in a row?), Van Helten depicts action shots of Scotland badminton player Kieran Merrilees.

Image: Walking Highlands

Space Man by Recoat and Ali Wylie, Trongate

Transforming your everyday lane into out of this world art, Recoat and Ali really will really make you feel like going on a moon walk.

Image: Recoat

The Big Yin by Rogue-One, Osbourne Street

A fitting honour in celebration of Billy Connolly’s 75th birthday, BBC Scotland commissioned three portraits of the nation’s favourite comedian. Be humbled by the Big Yin’s overwhelmed reaction to seeing the murals in person during the special BBC Scotland programme, Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime.

Image: Madeline Pratley

The Barras Pirate, Rogue-One, Ross Street

Fearsome, and complete with pirate monkey companion. This new mural was spray-painted for the BaAd back garden opening party and Art Pistol street art event in 2017. Get along to see this one while the paint is still oh-so fresh.

Big Yin by Rachel Maclean, Gallowgate

Rachel Maclean’s digital print is the second in the series celebrating Billy Connolly’s 75th birthday. It shows the legend in a specially-created outfit complete with motifs from his career, including: ‘mini bike parked in bum’ shoulder pads, as well as a sporran with a nose sprouting hair and make-up, reflecting his famous ‘pale blue Scotsman’ gag.

Study of a Woman in Black by James Klinge, Saltmarket

With a focus on compelling portraiture such as below, Klinge’s work effortlessly draws you in as you pass by Glasgow’s Saltmarket area. Give his ‘Study of a Woman in Black’ a close-up to appreciate the intricate work.

Image: James Klinge

The Clutha by Rogue-One and Ejek, Bridgegate 

This artful duo teamed up once again to create a truly touching homage to one of Glasgow’s best-loved pubs, painting a variety of personalities who have visited the iconic location, famous for its atmosphere and live music. Billy Connolly makes another appearance, naturally.

Image: Rogue-One

Glasgow’s Tiger by James Klinge, Clyde Street

The only chance you’ll ever get to come eye-to-eye with a big cat in Glasgow. This work is becoming more and more iconic, and it’s a no-brainer to see why. Yup, that’s even adrenaline junkie/biker, Danny MacAskill, adding on an extra layer of wild to the imposing mural in this snapshot.

Image: Love from Glasgow

Dr Connolly, I Presume? by Rogue-One, Dixon Street

The last of Billy’s murals trio – a fantastic reproduction of the Jack Vettriano painting, featuring a windblown Billy near
John O’Groats.

Image: BBC

The World’s Most Economical Taxi by Rogue-One, Mitchell Street

Perhaps the most bewitching aspect of this floating taxi isn’t actually its flying attributes, but the fact that Rogue-One painted a wall to look like a brick wall, just because he wanted a brick wall. Hey, it certainly fooled us.

Honey, I Think I Shrunk the Kids by Smug, Mitchell Street

Literally a hop, skip and a jump (no, really) down the street from Rogue-One’s Pixar-esque taxi, you’ll feel like picking on someone your own size when you gaze skywards to take in the sheer height of Smug’s magnificent alleyway art. We know – the photo opportunity to ‘hilariously’ appear as if you’re being picked up by the magnifying glass girl is almost too strong to resist.

Image: Walking Highlands

Wind Power by Rogue-One, Mitchell Street

The last of Mitchell Street’s mural hat trick shows Rogue-One absolutely knocking it out of the street once again. Originally conceived as a live installation as part of the Doors Open Day 2014 event, it celebrates the diversity of sustainable energy production within Glasgow as well as Scotland-wide.

Image: Evening Times

Glasgow Panda by James Klinge, Gordon Lane 

Added to Glasgow’s wildlife scene all the way back in 2013, James Klinge’s panda has certainly held up its territory well over the years. Nestled in between a plentiful supply of bamboo, we’ve heard Mr Panda is quite at home in Glasgow, and is even partial to a bit of a swally with the locals on a Saturday night.

Image: James Klinge

Argyle Street Cafe by Smug, Argyle Street

Continue your city centre stroll by getting to know some more of Glasgow’s more exotic inhabitants. Revel at Smug’s portrayal of, quite frankly, the only cafe we’d ever visit from now until the end of time, if it actually existed.

Image: Walking Highlands

The Gallery by Smug, Argyle Street

So Smug, that he can’t even stay out of this list for more than one entry. The renowned artist transforms yet another derelict wall, this time honouring some of the world’s most famous paintings including: Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’, Edward Munch’s ‘The Scream, Salvador Dali’s ‘Melting Clocks’ and Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’, or ‘The Mona Lassie’ (snigger).

Image: City Centre Mural Trail

The Swimmer by Smug, Kingston Bridge

One of Smug’s very first murals, this is another of Glasgow’s gems which celebrates the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Hit the traffic lights at The Kingston Bridge and you’ll be greeted by these dedicated swimmers. The usual Glasgow rain really adds something to the overall effect too.

Skeletal Street by Smug, Eastvale Street

Only a stone’s trow away from the club and arts events institution that is SWG3, mosey on down to see this skeletal somebody on your next venture to the joint, or perhaps visit it post-partying during your walk of shame, where the skeleton’s appearance may be a fitting representation of your current state, afterwards leading you to contemplate an existential crisis. What?

Squirrelling Around, by Smug and Spore, Kelvinbridge Subway

If you go down to the bridge today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Pooling together powers with fellow artist, Spore, the duo’s combined forced resulted in this tucked away delight.

Image: Street Art Hub

Charing Croc by James Klinge, Charing Cross

Klinge ads to Glasgow’s veritable menagerie with this snappy piece. The image cleverly uses a gap in the bricks for the eye slit and areas of old brickwork amongst the scales. Its full scale can only be taken in from a certain angle, with the wrap around effect of the wall acting as one of the main reasons for choosing this particular jungle king.

Image: James Klinge

Puppets by Rogue One, Cowcaddens

Gloomy underpass no more – say hello to Rogue-One’s makeover. Delightfully reminiscent of those childhood hours spent by torchlight trying to create shadow puppetry on your bedroom wall (but you somehow never got onto anything more elaborate than a sad-looking bunny), make this one of your last stops on your walk. We know you’ll end up trying some of this puppetry at home later.

Image: Rogue-One

The Musician by Rogue-One, Sauchiehall Lane

It wouldn’t be a Glasgow mural trail if we didn’t sign off with one last sensation from Rogue-One. Drawing upon the influences of the local live music scene, Mr Rogue pays tribute to our thriving city gigs with a guitar-clad lad ready get the Weegie hands up in the air like they just don’t care.

Image: City Centre Mural Trail

Spotted more Glasgow murals? Get in touch with us in the comments below or on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to let us know which newest additions are contributing to Scotland’s art trail. What’s more, if you’re an artist, get involved in this Glasgow City Council initiative through application to the city centre Mural Fund.