An Architectural Tour of Glasgow's West End

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Blythswood Square - Garnethill - Charing Cross - Blythswood Square

This generally easy walk includes a couple of short, steep climbs in visiting some of the interesting, controversial or acclaimed architecture to the west of the city centre. It abuts and complements Walk 3523, 'An Architectural Tour of Central Glasgow' and also Walk 3556, which tours Kelvingrove Park and Glasgow University. Any two are easily accomplished in a day.

The buildings on this short walk are generally not to be compared with the magnificent architecture to be found in Walk 3523, though they too often have to share the indignity of uneasy or downright incongruous proximity to some upstart modern eyesores with little or no architectural merit to my jaundiced eye. Nevertheless, there are some fine edifices to be admired and walkers are advised to take binoculars, so as better to appreciate the carvings and other fine details on some buildings' upper storeys. My photographs naturally attempt wherever possible to exclude their ugly, stark or brash new neighbours!

The walk was undertaken on Christmas Day 2010, with almost complete and very welcome absence of traffic.

Information for Dog Owners: the walk is hardly doggy paradise as they must remain on the lead, but they'll appreciate a couple of bosky watering-places en route.

Scotland - Central Scotland - Glasgow - Town or city


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