Glasgow, UK

A guide to the best places to run in Glasgow and Vicinity

The largest city in Scotland, and the third largest city in the United Kingdom, Glasgow is a pretty alluring destination from its perch on the banks of the River Clyde. It’s a flat seaport town, known for its shopping, fashion, historic center, and good-natured locals who speak with an attractive lilt. Our guide to running in Glasgow features great routes along the River Clyde, historic areas, and wonderful parks. Many thanks to Run the Sights, a group that conducts scenic running tours around the city, for their help with these routes!.

The city is extremely friendly towards runners, with great riverside paths, parks, and architecture that will make it hard to keep your eyes on the trail. Some highlights include the West End, where the scenic “Broomielaw,” path along the Clyde meets up with the River Kelvin, and Glasgow Green, a popular park for exercise of any sort. Trails and solitude can be found at Queen’s Park and Pollok Park, Mugdock Country Park, and Ruchill Park, while a tour of the East End or the Bridges Route will be of interest to architecture buffs. For a fantastic coastal run, take the train to West Kilbride to run on the Ayrshire Coastal Path.

Public transportation in Glasgow is a cinch. Gridlike and compact, Glasgow boasts an easy to navigate circular subway route which covers the city center and out to the west end. Check out the Traveline Scotland app and the Glassgow Walking app for additional information on the best of Glasgow by foot. And, be prepared for Scottish weather, which can be cool and damp any time of year.

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Glasgow, Scotland

The West End of Glasgow is most noteworthy where the Clyde intersects with the Kelvin, making for a stretch of beautiful waterfront park — especially the Riverside Museum on the Broomielaw, where you can check out the historic tall ships.

Glasgow has an oceanic climate that is milder than its latitude would suggest. It is good for running neatly year-round, though layers and wet weather gear are essential.

Winters are cool, overcast, and damp with little sunshine. Average high temperatures in January are 5C, and lows near the freezing mark. Spring and fall can be mild and quite pleasant. Summers are mild but never really warm, with average high temps in July of about 20C (68F), and coolish nights.

One should note that day length has big contrasts between winter and summer. We love those long summer evenings! is a good resource for accommodation information.


Runners Need, a terrific indy running store, has two outlets in Glasgow. Also part of Cotswold Outdoor.

Independent retailers Achilles Heel and Run 4 It have a good variety of running shoes (and tips on how to join their running groups) while Sports Direct, Nike, and Cotsworld Outdoor also have chains throughout the city.


Run the Sights, conducts wonderful guided running tours of Glasgow.

West End Road Runners, or the Bellahouston Road Runners are good running groups to connect with.

For the most comprehensive list of running routes in Glasgow, check out