Daniel Bach - What I love about Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow

July 10, 2012

While we're in the same place for the next few months we've invited guests to contribute to There & Here by telling us what they love about their favourite place in the world. Our guest this week is Daniel from Toronto, Canada.

University of Glasgow sunset
Looking at the sun set behind the University of Glasgow’s tower from atop Kelvingrove Park.

What I love about Kelvingrove Park is how easy it is to step from the buzz of the city and into the tranquility of nature.

When I was younger, before I ever visited Glasgow, I used to love this traditional Scottish tune called “The Rose of Kelvingrove.” I was always curious about Kelvingrove, and when I’ve been living in Glasgow or just visiting, the green expanse of the park around the River Kelvin has been like a dear friend to me: the trees protect me from the rain and listen to my musings, the river paths challenging me to run for miles, the lights of the 15th Century university guiding me straight home, the museum corridors providing for endless mind wandering, the flowers reminding of beauty and sweetness. 

Glasgow is a vibrant and well-cultured city, perhaps the most underrated in Europe. Kelvingrove is ones of the city’s many gems, and certainly its most gorgeous setting.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum at night
Lights on the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Kelvingrove Museum heads
The quirky interior of the museum.

Great Western Road, Glasgow
A splash of colour just outside the park below trendy Great Western Road.

River Kelvin bridge, Glasgow
A bridge over the River Kelvin.

West End Glasgow
Shuttered shops near Kelvingrove Park. The neighbourhood, and Glasgow’s West End, has seen a lot of gentrification in recent years.

Kelvingrove ampitheatre
Dilapidated amphitheatre.

University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow as seen from Dumbarton Road.

University of Glasgow at night
The university at night.

Kelvingrove Park flowers
Park greenery in Spring.

Daniel Bach is a Toronto-based writer, constant traveller and Hejorama.com contributor.

website: www.danielcbach.com
Twitter: @danielblether


  1. THe man is truly BRILLIANT and has really cool uncles! Great site!

  2. This photo essay makes me want to visit Glasgow - adding it to my travel list