Park Life – Glasgow’s Finest Picnic Spots
Waiting for a sunny day in Glasgow is certainly no walk in the park. But when the sunshine does graciously put its hat on, Glasgow is fortunately NOT a few parks short of a picnic. Forget al desko lunches – when the weather forecast signals “taps aff” it’s time to pack up your sad office sarnies (if fact, throw them in the bin right now), hunt down a picnic spot, and bag yourself some al fresco dining.
And as the top picnic spots of 2017 were revealed this week, featuring two Scottish parks in the top 20 (Boden Boo Woodland and Erskine & Galloway Forest Park), it got us scratching our heads as to why the list was void of a good few Glasgow greats. So let’s all join hands together and pray to the sun gods to bring that golden disco ball on down to Glasgow town.
Here are our top picks of Glasgow greenery for you to park those picnics:
Alexandra Park, East End
It’s green, it’s glorious, it has scary swans (we’re not the only one afraid of swans, right?). Its sprawling lawns and floral fancies make for a bonnie backdrop while you enjoy a scran – don’t forget the red and white blanket for 100% picnic level completion. And naw, swans, ye cannae have a swatch of our sandwiches.
Glasgow Green, East End
People watching enthusiast? No, just plain nosey? Either way, there’s always plenty to goggle at when you watch life go by at Glasgow Green. Its sheer size means you’ll never be battling it out for a comfy spot, and you could even patch the picnic and swap it for your own disposable barbecue, should Glasgow’s heat ever get to new levels of scorchio.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens, West End
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Kids and big kids alike will take joy weaving in and out of the bloomin’ marvellous gardens, or perhaps you’re a keen photographer who’s ready to get snappy in the Kibble Palace? If you’d rather not move at all, vie for a competitive spot on the grass to unpack your picnic basket. As for us? You’ll probably find us first in line at the ice cream van, pushing small children out of the way.
Kelvingrove Park, West End
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West End wanderers can find solace amongst nature, instead of vintage shops and coffee spots, from within Kelvingrove Park. Expanse after expanse of grassy lawn will have your lunchtime munching spot sorted in no time. Plus, the park comes complete with its very own bandstand; so you might just be lucky enough to be serenaded as an added bonus.
Rouken Glen, Southside
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Nestled in Giffnock, Rouken Glen is a haven for family picnics and quiet spots alike in which to enjoy your grub. But if the weather doesn’t permit and you don’t get the chance to picnic at the park for another year – we highly recommend heading along to Electric Glen, when the park is turned into an illuminated wonderland through stunning light shows and sparkling waters. But be quick, once tickets are released all dates book out rapidly every year.
Pollok Country Park, Southside
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With accolades to its name including ‘Best Park in Britain 2006’ and the whopping ‘Best Park in Europe 2008’, it’s probably more than an understatement to describe Pollok Country Park as “pretty braw”. Take cover from the blinding Glasgow sun (lol jokes) under shady trees, and after you’ve made quick work on your food, you still have a full day ahead of you on your agenda, as you certainly can’t leave without browsing the Burrell Collection and peeking inside Pollock House.
Linn Park, Southside
How do the words “ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND” sound? If all parents are currently nodding their heads vehemently and in agreement that this sounds like the saviour they’ve been searching for, then Linn Park is your go-to; a lesser-known gem boasting a generous play park that’ll keep the wee yins suitably occupied for a few hours, so you can get peace to eat your pieces.
Victoria Park, West End
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In search of some zen amidst West End life? Victoria Park appears out of nowhere, as if by Glasgae magic, out of an underpass in the depths of the west side. Enjoy the ultimate #LunchGoals in a quiet, evergreen setting before shovelling up some culture in the form of Fossil Grove, where you’ll find the fossilised stumps of eleven Lepidodendron trees. Embrace this ancient forest with open arms, and literally be the tree hugger you’ve always wanted to be.