Glasgow’s West End is known for its buzzing nightlife scene, fashionable boutiques and impressive Victorian architecture but beyond the cosmopolitan exterior, you’ll find a slower pace of life at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, whose grounds border the beautiful River Kelvin.
This oasis of calm consists of a spectacular array of plants from around the world, including cacti and succulents from the arid deserts of Africa and America. If tropical planting is more your thing, head for the balmy climes of the palm house. Don’t miss Kibble Palace where the architecture of the tree fern collection is as impressive as the elegant Victorian-era greenhouse it grows in.
For good weather days, there’s the heritage trail which winds its way through a mature arboretum and there’s a minibeast trail for little ones. The Glasgow Botanic Gardens blends the circling pathways and relaxed open lawns of a public park with the exotic planting of a botanical garden – so there’s something to see whether you’re just passing through or making a day of it.