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12 Spots to Check Out in Glasgow for that Picture-Perfect Picnic

12 Spots to Check Out in Glasgow for that Picture-Perfect Picnic

I once planned this romantic picnic date—you know, the whole shebang! But fate had other plans, and a squirrel ended up gatecrashing, turning the whole thing into a laugh-until-you-snort food heist saga that my date and I still chuckle about.

Now, unless you’re inviting the local wildlife to lunch, you’ll want to pick your picnic spot wisely. That’s why I’m here to talk about Glasgow, the dear green place that is, honestly, a picnicker’s dream.

With so many spots to choose from, I’ve decided to share my favourite ones (albeit hesitantly, if I may add). So check out these places where the grass is green, the skies are (sometimes) blue, and the company—well, that’s up to you!

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

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Address: 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 276 1614

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 4:15 PM

The Botanic Gardens is like the city’s green lungs, filled with exotic blooms, towering trees, and the kind of tranquillity you thought was reserved just for spa days.

While you’re trying to decide whether to set up camp near the Kibble Palace—no, it’s not a snack, though that would’ve been awesome—or under one of the majestic trees, you’ll realise that every spot is a good one.

You can also meander through the glasshouses or find one of the hidden corners to tuck into your snacks.

Pro tip: The gardens host events and exhibitions regularly, so check the schedule before you go. 

Glasgow Green

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Address: Greendyke St, Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB, United Kingdom

Contact details:  +44 141 276 0680

Operating hours: 

  • Open 24 hours

If Glasgow Green was on Tinder, it would be the city’s most right-swiped spot. This historic park is massive, so even on sunny days, you can still find a spot where you’re not elbow-to-elbow with strangers—unless that’s your thing (no judgement here!).

Here you can grab a spot near the People’s Palace, or, if you’re feeling sporty, why not have a go at tossing the frisbee around? 

Pro tip: If you’re heading to Glasgow Green, don’t miss the chance to wander over to the Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world.

Queen’s Park

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Address: Langside Rd, Glasgow G42 9QL, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 276 1476

Operating hours: 

  • Open 24 hours

Queen’s Park is kind of the reigning monarch of Glasgow’s picnic spots. It’s got hills with views that’ll have you setting up faster than you can say ‘cheddar sandwich’.

Seriously, the sights from the flagpole are Instagram gold, and you don’t even have to use a filter. The park is named after Mary, Queen of Scots, and if it’s good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for your afternoon nibbles.

Pro tip: If you’re a history buff, take a wander over to the Mary, Queen of Scots battle site. It’s not every day you can say you ate a pie on a piece of history.

Kelvingrove Park

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Address: Park Terrace, Glasgow G3 6BY, United Kingdom

Contact details:  +44 141 334 6363

Operating hours: 

  • Open 24 hours

Nestled next to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove Park is where culture meets chlorophyll. You can spend a morning admiring art and the afternoon arguing over whether your picnic spot looks more like a Monet or a Van Gogh scene.

One of the best things about Kelvingrove is the variety. One minute you’re watching skateboards fly at the skatepark, and the next you’re being serenaded by whatever band has taken over the bandstand.

Pro tip: For an enhanced cultural experience, plan your visit to coincide with one of the park’s live events or performances, especially during the summer months. 

Victoria Park

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Address: Glasgow G14 0UN, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 959 9087

Operating hours: 

  • Open 24 hours

Victoria Park is a little oasis in the west of Glasgow, with enough nooks and crannies to explore. Plus, it offers plenty of benches and grassy spots around.

Moreover, if you’re feeling like stretching your legs after munching down that sandwich, the surrounding park isn’t shy about offering paths that could lead to Narnia, for all you know (kidding!).

Pro tip: Don’t forget to check out Fossil Grove, located within the park. It’s like time travelling to 330 million years ago, minus the inconvenience of figuring out the fashion trends of the era.

Pollok Country Park

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Address: 2060 Pollokshaws Rd, Bellahouston, Glasgow G43 1AT, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 287 5064

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 6 PM

Pollok Country Park is Glasgow’s largest park, offering a sprawling haven of woodlands, gardens, and the majestic Pollok House, which honestly looks like it could headline its own period drama. 

If you’re itching to unfold your blanket in a setting that screams ‘storybook’, this is your spot. While munching on your picnic, you’ll likely be sharing the view with the park’s resident Highland Cows. 

Pro tip: Don’t forget to explore beyond the picnic blanket; there are miles of trails perfect for walking off those extra slices of quiche. 

Also, the Burrell Collection, housed within the park, is an art lover’s treasure trove. So swing by post-picnic for a dollop of culture.

Alexandra Park

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Address: Unnamed Road, Glasgow G31, United Kingdom

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Operating hours: 

  • Open 24 hours

Alexandra Park is the place where you can lay out your chequered cloth on a quiet hill, with views over the city. The park’s centrepiece, a stunning fountain, and the ornate Saracen Gates add a touch of Victorian flair to your casual dining.

Here, you can take a leisurely stroll around the pond after eating, or if you’re feeling competitive, the tennis courts and bowling greens might just spark an impromptu mini-Olympics.

It’s also a bit of a hotspot for birdwatchers, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself sharing your crumbs with some feathery guests.

Pro tip: Alexandra Palace opens its arms to everyone, and that includes our four-legged friends. It’s dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your pooch along for the picnic.

Glasgow University


Address: Glasgow G12 8QQ, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 330 2000

Operating hours: 

  • Open 24 hours

You might not think of a university as a top picnic spot, but Glasgow University begs to differ. It’s actually a stunner of a spot, which looks a bit like Hogwarts decided to uproot itself and settle in Scotland. 

The main building is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and it’s surrounded by these lush, sprawling grounds that are perfect for lounging around with a sandwich and a cool drink.

Pro tip: The university offers a blanket for rent, which is a godsend, especially if Glasgow’s weather decides to do its thing. Also, remember that it’s still an active educational institution, so appreciate the beauty respectfully.

Bingham’s Pond

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Operating hours: 

  • Open 24 hours

Bingham’s Pond is a bit like having a countryside vibe but in the middle of the West End. Perfect for those lazy picnic afternoons when all you want is some peace, a good sandwich, and maybe a cheeky nap under a tree.

And since it’s kind of like a duck fan club meeting spot, you can actually go feed them, or you might as well let them join your picnic, you know, if you want some excitement.

Pro tip: If you’re planning a visit, bring some extra layers. The pond area can be a tad cooler, especially if you’re lounging around post-paddle.

Linn Park

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Address: Glasgow G44 5TA, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 287 2000

Operating hours: 

  • Open 24 hours

Linn Park has sprawling green fields, woodland walks, and a river that’s doing its best to win “Most Picturesque” in Glasgow’s yearbook. 

It’s a sizable escape that offers you a choose-your-own-adventure vibe: from leisurely strolls along the White Cart Water to historical explorations around Cathcart Castle’s ruins.

It’s family-friendly to the max, with plenty of space for kids to run wild, dogs to explore new smells, and adults to find a peaceful spot that feels a million miles away from office life.

Pro tip: For nature aficionados, the park’s biodiversity is a real treat, with birds that apparently haven’t realized city life isn’t supposed to be this green. Grab a birdwatching guide and see if you can spot some of Linn Park’s feathered regulars.

Bellahouston Park

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Address: 16 Dumbreck Rd, Bellahouston, Glasgow G41 5BW, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 287 9700

Operating hours: 

  • Open 24 hours

Bellahouston Park is a space where workouts, leisurely walks, and art classes coexist harmoniously, kind of like a Renaissance fair minus mediaeval attire.

The park’s sports facilities and gardens mean you can burn off the picnic calories in style or simply enjoy the blooms and sculptures that dot the landscape.

Pro tip: Remember to keep an eye on the park’s event calendar. Bellahouston often hosts concerts and festivals, which means you could potentially pair your picnic with live music or an art show.

Rouken Glen Park


Address: Glasgow G46 7LA, United Kingdom

Contact details: 

Operating hours: 

  • Open 24 hours

Rouken Glen Park is essentially a natural amusement park, minus the admission fee. Complete with a kids playground, a boating pond where you can live out your Venetian gondola dreams, picnic tables and enough greenery that you might consider a tent.

It’s where you can chase squirrels (metaphorically, please), explore caves, or just find peace in the great outdoors.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to check out the Glen’s Pavilion for events and activities, especially if you’re packing a picnic for the family. And for those with a green thumb, the park’s walled garden is a must-see.

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