During the summer, people can be found gathering at parks around town cooking up a storm in their portable barbecues, having a few drinks with pals or indulging in homemade sandwiches and treats. So, outdoor oven brand Gozney has ranked Glasgow’s parks to enjoy a scenic view during a picnic. As July is National Picnic Month, it is only fitting we look into all the best picnic spots in Glasgow.
While the Botanics is probably not the best place for a proper barbecue, it’s perfect for a small picnic with homemade food and drinks. Glasgow Botanic Gardens preserves plant habitats, with its two tropical Victorian glasshouses, boasting a collection of over 9,000 plants. The most noteworthy glasshouse is the Kibble Palace, which contains several ornate statues, as well as a myriad of plants, including a whole room dedicated just to killer plants.
2. Glasgow Green
One of Scotland’s oldest public parks, Glasgow Green offers a relaxing oasis from the city’s hustle and bustle. Plus, Scotland’s biggest music festival TRNSMT between July 7 and 9 this year also took place at Glasgow Green with big headliners like Sam Fender, The 1975 and George Ezra. When there aren’t any major gigs around, take in the serene green space whilst enjoying a picnic with family and friends. You can then also head over to visit one of the park’s historic landmarks, including McLennan Arch, Doulton Fountain and Nelson Monument.
3. Kelvingrove Park
Located at the heart of West End, Kelvingrove Park is one of the most frequented parks in Glasgow. On top of boasting rich wildlife where you can spot otters, kingfishers and herons roaming around, the park is also perfect for picnic goers who are also interested in exploring as it’s home to bowling greens, play parks, and monuments. Kelvingrove Park is one of our favourites, but it does get busy on a warm summer’s day!
4. Victoria Park
Victoria Park is, in fact, Glasgow’s prettiest park with plenty of picnic spots to choose from. With a myriad of colourful floral displays, it also makes for a romantic date idea on a warm day. Victoria Park offers a scenic space whether it’s a date or not, so bring along that picnic blanket and have a feast.
Pollok Country Park in Glasgow’s Southside is a true green sanctuary complete with Highland cows, the stunning Brunnell Collection museum, the historic Pollok House and plenty of picnic opportunities, including some benches and tables available. Having a big open area also means the park is perfect for those looking to barbecue, as it’s flame-friendly.