Leisure and Recreation


Walking is an extremely popular pastime in Scotland. Individuals, groups, and families regularly take to the paths and hills for a couple of hours or indeed a few days at a time. Glasgow has many trails and cycle paths through areas of historic interest and scenic beauty. Leaflets are available from the Tourist Information centre. Some of the more famous routes are:

  • Clyde Walkway – From the SECC in the centre of Glasgow via Glasgow Green to Cambuslang following the course of the River Clyde
  • Kelvin Walkway – Through Kelvingrove Park following the River Kelvin north-west, through Kelvinside to Dawsholm Park
  • West Highland Way – This 96 mile long distance footpath starts at Milngavie, north of Glasgow and makes its way via Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe to Fort William

Parks and Gardens

Glasgow has more than 100 parks and gardens with beautiful scenery such as Botanic Gardens; Glasgow Green; Hogganfield Loch; Kelvingrove Park; Burrell Collection and Pollok Country Park. For more information, contact the Glasgow City Council Parks department or the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board on 0141 566 0800.

Sports Hall and Swimming Pools

There are many leisure centres spread throughout Glasgow. For a comprehensive list of centres and activities, visit the Tourist Information centre.


Glasgow festivals include Celtic Connections Festival (January–February); Glasgow Film Festival (February); Glasgow Music Festival (March); International Comedy Festival (March); TRIPTYCH (April); Glasgow Art Fair (April); Maydaze (May) International Jazz Festival (June-July); West End Festival (June); Glasgow River Festival (July); Indian Summer (September) and many more!

Edinburgh also holds the Edinburgh International Festival. This is a large festival, featuring established and new artists from music, dance, and theatre. The Edinburgh Festival is the largest of its kind in the world and takes place in August.


Football has a very strong following in Scotland where Glasgow has a number of teams, including Glasgow Celtic, Glasgow Rangers, Partick Thistle, and Queens Park. The fans are extremely loyal and vocal in their support. When going to a match for the first time, it is a good idea to go along with a Scottish friend. They will be able to explain the different ‘customs’ and unwritten rules of behaviour and make the experience more enjoyable for you.

If you are interested in playing both 11-a-side and 5-a-side, contact the football club at the University via the Students’ Association Office.


The main ski centres in Scotland are the Cairngorms, Glenshee, Fort William, the Nevis Range, and Glencoe. For more information contact the Ski Club at the University.


Ice rinks are for people of all ages and all abilities. Skates are available for hire at the rinks. Glasgow also has an outdoor skating rink in George Square over the Christmas period.


Scotland is famous for its golf courses. There are many to choose from. Courses can be divided into two types: private clubs, which can be expensive to non-members, and municipal courses that are owned and run by the local councils.

The municipal courses are not always as high a standard as the private courses, due to the large number of people who use them, but are less expensive. For more information, a leaflet on golf courses in the area is available from the Tourist Information Office.

Xscape leisure complex

Opened in 2006, Xscape has an indoor real snow ski centre with skiing and snow boarding. With a range of shops and places to eat and drink, the centre also has rock climbing, an Odeon cinema with 12 screens, 10-pin Bowling (Bowplex) and Paradise Island mini-golf.  The sky walk is an aerial adventure course where you are suspended from the ceiling at 15m above the ground. Visit Xscape Website.