"The Glasgow Guide" book

The Glasgow Guide
© David Williams

— the walks` routes

The 13 walks which are described in the guidebook are listed below, together with a short description of the route and some information on the important attractions which can be seen on each walk.
(Many of these places are described in The Scotland Guide.)

Walk 1: High Street, Strathclyde University and the Merchant City

A walk up High Street, the city`s most historic thoroughfare to the Cathedral, Glasgow`s oldest building. The route then goes through the modern campus of Strathclyde University and into the Merchant City, a maze of streets dominated by great Victorian warehouses built at the height of Glasgow`s trading prosperity.
Read an extract from this walk.

main attractions:
St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Provand`s Lordship (Glasgow`s oldest house), Glasgow Cathedral, Strathclyde University, Collins Gallery

Walk 2: Glasgow Green and the River Clyde

A walk through the city`s oldest park and along both banks of the River Clyde as it makes its way through the centre of the city.

main attractions:
People`s Palace (museum of Glasgow history), Glasgow Print Studio, Sharmanka (kinetic art gallery)

Walk 3: The City Centre

Starting at George Square in the heart of the city, this walk explores the administrative, commercial and shopping heart of Glasgow.

main attractions:
City Chambers, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Herald Building (Mackintosh`s "The Lighthouse"), The Piping Centre

Walk 4: Blythswood Hill,Garnethill and Charing Cross

This walk covers the western part of the city`s main shopping area and the Garnethill district, within which is Charles Rennie Mackintosh`s acclaimed Glasgow School of Art. main attractions:
McLellan Galleries, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow School of Art, Tenement House, Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum, Police Museum

Walk 5: North Clydeside and Anderston

A walk which follows the River Clyde downstream from the city centre to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. The route passes various reminders of what made the Clyde one of the world`s most important industrial rivers. The return route to the city goes through the western section of Glasgow`s commercial area which has many fine Victorian buildings. main attractions:
"Glenlee" sailing ship

Walk 6: Glasgow University and Kelvingrove Park

A walk around Glasgow University, which has the best single collection of public buildings in the city as well as some interesting museums. After this, the route goes through Kelvingrove Park, which has numerous statues and monuments, and this leads to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Museum of Transport. main attractions:
Glasgow University, Zoology Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery, Mackintosh House, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Museum of Transport

Walk 7: The West End and the Botanic Gardens

A walk which skirts the university area, goes through a part of the residential West End and then the famous Botanic Gardens. main attractions:
Botanic Gardens

Walk 8: The Kelvin Walkway

This urban walkway follows the River Kelvin from Clydeside up to Maryhill. En route, it goes through Kelvingrove Park, skirts the Botanic Gardens and passes under the Forth and Clyde Canal. It offers an interesting mix of parkland and former industrial sites and is also an important `wildlife corridor`with many different kinds of birds and plants. main attractions:
Museum of Transport, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Botanic gardens

Walk 9: The Forth and Clyde Canal

A walk which follows the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal for much of its route through Glasgow. The canal is scheduled as an Ancient Monument and there are lots of interesting industrial relicts to see as well as panoramic views of many parts of the city. The walk is also good for birdwatching. main attractions:
Kelvin Aqueduct, Maryhill Locks, Mackintosh`s Queen`s Cross Church, Spier`s Wharf (canal buildings)

Walk 10: Pollokshields, Bellahouston Park and Govan

A walk through a variety of districts not normally on the tourist routes: residential Pollokshields, the open spaces of Bellahouston Park and the industrial district of Govan, famed for its shipyards and its early Christian monuments. main attractions:
Mackintosh`s Scotland Street School (museum of education), (Mackintosh-inspired) House for an Art Lover, Glasgow Rangers Football Club, Glasgow Science Centre, Govan Old Parish Church

Walk 11: Pollok Country Park and The Burrell Collection

A walk through the large country park which houses the world-famous Burrell Collection. main attractions:
The Burrell Collection (art gallery), Pollok House

Walk 12: Queen`s Park

This short walk goes through the residential district of Queen`s Park and the park which shares its name. main attractions:
Queen`s Park

Walk 13: Cathcart and Linn Park

This is another walk off the normal tourist trail through the suburb of Cathcart and Linn Park, which is just on the edge of the city. main attractions:
Holmwood House
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— contents of the book
The list of walks "The Glasgow Guide"
— sample text from Walk 1