7 Mindful Photography Locations in Glasgow

7 Mindful Photography Locations in Glasgow

Your guide to the best places to get lost in mindful photography on your next trip to Glasgow.

Scotland’s second largest city if ideal for photography, whether you’e a serious hobbyist or someone who simply loves to capture life on the road with your phone.

There are grand museums, architectural gems, trendy neighborhoods, magnificent street art, landscape parks & more green space per capita than any other city in Europe!

It’s full of details, making it ideal for the practice of mindful photography.

Glasgow Botanic Garden Mindful Glasshouse

As a health educator & avid traveler, I’m a huge advocate for wellness travel.

As a way to well-being, travel is awesome!

There are endless opportunities to enhance the mind & body when we travel. To relax, rejuvenate, laugh, learn…whatever you need. Often when you need it most.

It allows us to really slow down, leave our daily lives behind, and be fully present in the moment.

To be mindful.

Mindful Photography In Glasgow

Photography is a great way to practice mindfulness.

Mindful photography is really about pausing to capture the moment while being receptive to what’s around us.

Glasgow City Chambers

Practicing mindful photography helps draw your attention to the things that appeal to you.

Colors, light, shadows, or lines.

It commands your focus and helps you to connect. To the people and places you encounter, as well as yourself.

While many people may be tempted to pass Glasgow up for it’s more famous neighbor Edinburgh, I think it’s a highly underrated place to travel and has its own unique atmosphere.

Of all of the cities I’ve been to in Europe, Glasgow was one of the biggest surprises.

It truly has so much to offer.

My step-mother was born & raised there, and I now understand why it was always in her heart.

In this post, I wanted to share some of my favorite spots to photograph in Glasgow.

Spaces that are particularly mindful, for a whole host of reasons. Whether it’s their light, patterns, sounds, stillness, or beauty.

Many of these places offer respite from the hustle and bustle of Glasgow and are in close proximity to nature. Which is an ideal way to digitally detox from daily life.

When planning wellness travels, I’m always looking for tech-free adventures that include green and blue spaces! They are ideal for mindful & relaxing activities!

7 Places to Practice Mindful Photography in Glasgow

Here are seven ideal locations to practice mindful photography in Glasgow.

Many are quiet havens, in the middle of a busy city.

Places to let your senses lead the way, explore history, & capture the beauty all around you.

The Glasgow Necropolis

The Glasgow Necropolis

The Glasgow Necropolis is a Victorian garden cemetery located in the heart of the city. There are over 3,500 monuments ranging from headstones to statues and mausoleums. It’s Glasgow’s second-largest green space & covering 37 acres there is plenty of space to roam.

It’s mindful because…

  • there are few people
  • the history combined with the landscape is atmospheric
  • the details: there are textures, lines & patterns everywhere you look

Learn more about free walking tours from The Friends of The Glasgow Necropolis.

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park and Museum

Kelvingrove Park is a classic Victorian park located in the West End of Glasgow. It sits on the banks of the River Kelvin and seamlessly blends with the magnificent architecture that surrounds it at every turn.

It’s mindful because…

  • it’s a haven for wildlife
  • the curving river passing through the landscape
  • the relationship between nature and the man-made structures in and around the park

To learn more about the bridges & other structures in the park take The Friends of Kelvingrove Park Heritage Walk.

The Park District

Woodlands Terrace

Perched above Kelvingrove Park, is an area known as The Park District. Built in the 1850s, this planned development is terraced houses at their finest. The centerpiece is Park Circus, where two gently curving crescents flank an oval garden park.

It’s mindful because…

  • the symmetry and lines of classical architecture are inspiring
  • it’s an ideal place to wander without an agenda & just get lost
  • the view from Woodlands Terrace looking over the city is peaceful

The Kelvin Walkway

Kelvin Walkway

The Kelvin Walkway is a 10-mile walking path that starts at The Glasgow Riverside Museum & runs north to the suburbs. It passes a handful of beautiful old bridges & is lovely place to escape the city. The stretch by the Botanic Gardens is a real treat.

It’s mindful because…

  • of the sights & sounds of nature
  • it’s relaxing, yet engaging
  • it’s a walking meditation

Print or download an offline map from Walk Highlands.

The University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

This historic university, one of the oldest in the English speaking world, is dotted with spectacular & historic buildings of architectural significance. Making it an ideal place to immerse yourself in the details.

It’s mindful because…

  • the architectural patterns & detail will draw you in
  • you will be awe-inspired by fluted columns & vaulted ceiling of The Cloisters
  • it feels like stepping into another world

Take the University’s self-guided tour to see the main points of interest.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Photography Location Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of the city’s West End next to the River Kelvin. Victorian glasshouses, exotic plants, a Riverside Walkway and acres of landscaped grounds make this a lovely place to immerse yourself in the joy of nature.

It’s mindful because…

  • it’s a feast for the senses
  • the Victorian glasshouses are atmospheric
  • the Riverside walk is a quiet respite from the city

Pollok Country Park


Pollok House is a stately 18th-century house located in the scenic Pollok Country Park. Run by The Scotland National Trust, it’s the perfect mix of history, heritage & nature. It’s an idyllic day out & a real slice of heaven located just a few miles from the city center.

It’s mindful because…

  • the Georgian grandeur is captivating
  • the walled gardens are a feast for the senses
  • the Highlands Cows & Clydesdale Horses are engaging subjects
  • the peace & quiet of the park is magical
  • this is my favorite place in Glasgow- for nature, heritage & photography!

Spend a mindful afternoon wandering The Pollock Country Park Heritage Trail.

I hope you enjoy your travels to Glasgow, not matter where you get lost in photography!

If mindful is your style of travel, you’ll want to check out Mindful Edinburgh:8 Places To Find Travel Bliss.

until the next time…
…live well – travel well – be well

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