Glasgow is a Scottish city that we are yet to visit. “With Glasgow’s many green spaces and dog-friendly venues, the city is a great place to visit with your four-legged friend” (People Make Glasgow). In this post we detail all the dog-friendly things that you can do in Glasgow.
Glasgow is a large city on the edge of Rive Clyde that is now the most populous city in Scotland. The vast expansion from its foundation in the 6th century was helped by having a large port. Today it is a safe and exciting city full of culture and history – much of which you can see along one of the heritage trails. You can explore the city on foot or using the various public transport options that are available.
Before we go any further, please note that we this planner involves some busy areas. While you can find routes and spaces in Glasgow that are quieter and less populated, we do not recommend taking any dog to a city that doesn’t like crowds or noise. If you do visit, you should only do the distances and the routes that are best for you and your dog, and take breaks whenever you or your dog need to. Please remember to pack appropriately for you and your pooch including water and snacks. Speak to your dog’s vet if you have any concerns.
Dog-friendly things to do
Check out one of these dog-friendly attractions in Glasgow:
- Go to a pet event (including meet ups, shows, etc.)
- Catch a dog-friendly film at the Grosevnor Cinema (their Facebook page details dog-friendly viewings)
- Take in some of the views at the Glasgow Necropolis
- Take a picture outside Glasgow Cathedral
- See what’s on at Cottiers (double check dog-friendliness of specific events)
- Meet other pooches at Inn Deep
Places to walk your dog
Scotland has some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK, Glasgow is no different with its beautiful parks and gardens. As always, I recommend a walking tour. Walking tours are great ways to walk your dog while finding out about the location, and you might even find something you want to come back to! In Glasgow there are numerous options such as:
- Walking Tours In Glasgow | City Tours
- Glasgow Walking Tour | Glasgow Walking Tour
- Free Glasgow Walking Tour | VisitScotland
- THE 10 BEST Glasgow Walking Tours – Tripadvisor
If have time, you can travel outside Glasgow to see these amazing places:
Dog-friendly Glasgow Weekend
Glasgow isn’t as expensive as Edinburgh and you should be able to find a dog-friendly base that meets your budget. You can find hotels in all the usual places (e.g. booking.com, tripadvisor, expedia, hotels.com) or rent a property using airbnb.
Arrive, unpack and explore the area you’re staying in.
Get up early, grab some breakfast and head out to Glasgow centre to start the free walking tour (starts at 10am), or this one. On this tour you will see the historic and cultural highlights, and have an opportunity to ask questions of the tour guide.
Next, meander over to Pollok Country Park for an afternoon running around (you and/or your pooch) and exploring. Pollok Park was voted the best European Park in 2008 thanks to the variety of things to do and see including Pollok House, walled gardens, wildlife, cattle and a dog-friendly pub!
When you’re ready you can take the train back to central Glasgow. Trains run frequently between Central Station and Pollokshaws West Railway Station, which is a 2 minute walk from the park entrance on Pollokshaws Road.
Find somewhere great to have dinner (see dog-friendly places to eat links above).
Get up, have breakfast and head to the river. Take a tour along the river, there are a number to choose from, such as dog-friendly Clyde Charter tour of Glasgow!
After you’ve seen everything there is to see, grab some lunch at one of the dog-friendly places to eat nearby.