By Caitlin Macdonald
Although Glasgow is staying in level 3 of restrictions for another week, there is no need to be sad as there is so much to look forward to in the next coming weeks.
These are my top things you should do this summer in Glasgow.
Mugdock Country Park
Mugdock country park, situated just past Milngavie, is a great place to spend a hot summer’s day. It is quite a walk if you are going from Milngavie train station and not by car, but it is worth it. The walk starts off just as it ends, with the scenic walk around Mugdock reservoir. After a short walk from the reservoir, you have reached the country park. It is a full day out so make sure you’ve got some food with you, but not to worry if you don’t as at the entrance of the park there is the Stables Tea Room, Charlie’s Coffee Shop and Caulders Restaurant. The walk is mapped, and sign posted so there is so chance of getting lost. Throughout the country park there is always things to see, such as Mugdock Castle, Craigend Castle and Mugdock Loch. With all the amazing views and activities to do, it is a day out that you will not forget quickly.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Only a short walk from the West End’s Byers Road, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a spectacular day out whether you are an art lover or not. One positive to this day out is that tickets are free, so this trip isn’t going to break the bank. There are over 20 galleries housing a range of exhibits so you will never be bored and will always find something amazing to look at. The day doesn’t have to end after the museum though as it is less than a 10-minute walk to the beautiful Kelvingrove Park where you can sit in the sunshine and relax.
The Botanic Gardens are another great West End attraction. The gardens, that were founded in 1817, are an exceptionally beautiful sight during a summer’s day. During your trip you can go into the glasshouses and see the stunning fish that swim around in the pond and all different types of plants from every corner of the world. You can follow the path that takes you down the Kelvin walkway to see an array of different wildlife that live around the river Kelvin. The location of the Botanic Gardens is a large selling point as there is no need to pack a lunch with so many options available for food on Byers Road and in the West End, a personal favourite of mine is S’Mug Coffee house.
The Transport Museum or Riverside Museum is another attraction that anyone can enjoy no matter if it is your interests or not. The museum that replaced the previous home for the city’s transport collection, Kelvin Hall, displays over 3,000 objects. It has everything from skateboards to steam trains to the Tall Ship berthed outside in the Clyde. Similarly, to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, tickets are free, so this is another day out that won’t break the bank.
This one is more suited to a summer’s night. A sub crawl is the same concept as a pub crawl but instead of walking to each pub you get to go on a packed subway to get to the next pub, what’s not to enjoy? There are 15 stops starting from Buchanan Street and ending at Cowcaddens, so I’d make sure you eat a big meal before unless you want to be sick on a subway. Here are some of the bars you might end up at on your Sub crawl: Hootenanny, The Laurieston, The Kensington, Deoch An Dorus, The Three Judges, The Curlers Rest and it all ends at The Station Bar. If you think you can hold your drink on the shaking subway, then this is the night out for you.
It is not an outdoor activity, so I wouldn’t waste a nice summers day on it, but Jungle Rumble adventure golf is one for those rainy days or a fun night out. As it is just off Buchannan street is it easy to get to and a good stop for a date night in town. There are two amazing courses for you to do and whilst you are trying to beat whoever you are playing with you can be enjoying a beer or cocktail, what’s not to like? Both courses are fairly long so it is definitely worth your money, and even better if you are behind someone slow so you can enjoy another cocktail waiting. The price to play both courses is only £12 for a student or £14 for an adult which is very affordable for a fun night out with drinking and activities.