Glasgow's most underrated park that's packed with hidden gems including a ski slope

The beautiful grounds of House of Art Lover in Bellahouston Park
-Credit: (Image: Sean Murphy)

As a city named for its green spaces, it's fair to say that Glasgow has no shortage of them. Sadly though, many are overlooked, forgotten about or just plain taken for granted.

Probably better known for its summer gig schedule and sports and recreational spots, Bellahouston Park is one that fits in the latter granted.

The expansive park, which extends over nearly 200 acres, is huge and packed with fun things to do.

Found in the south side, running from Mosspark to Ibrox, it's a huge green space ideal for dog walkers and families.

And as it should be with community spaces, Bellahouston is extremely multi-faceted.

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Having visited for the sports centre, the football pitches and to see bands like The Cure and Green Day in the past, we were well aware of its more obvious uses.

However, recently we discovered some of its other gems that are ideal for families to enjoy during the summer.

Heading out for a spot of lunch, we headed to the The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, which was a lovely little place where seats at the Bargacee Café were a must. With serene views out to the gardens, it's run by their hospice staff and dedicated volunteers.

The food was delightful, as were the coffees and, being dog and child-friendly, it was ideal for heading to after a pleasant wander.

Not only that but the money made goes to help the Hospice and its patients.

And it's not just the Hospice offering somewhere great to eat, the nearby House for an Art Lover is the beautiful white-walled building that sees families enjoying picnics in its grounds.

A must-visit for Charles Rennie Mackintosh fans the world over, you can enjoy a tour or much like the people we saw on the sunny day we visited, enjoy the grassy areas around or eating in the terrace of the coffee shop, while the shop is perfect for buying a memento of the day.

As well as these more serene spaces, there are numerous play parks, gardens and even a maze.

Tubing looks like a lot of fun
Tubing looks like a lot of fun -Credit:Martin Capaldi

And that's just the start of the fun, the dry slopes offer skiing and snowboarding lessons for those adventurous types keen to try something new but it's the open tubing sessions younger kids (and big kids) love.

A high speed activity that anyone above the age of 4 can take part in, it's similar to tobogganing and involves sliding down the slope in a specially designed ring – you can get 60 minutes and as many shots as you can squeeze in under the watchful eye of an instructor for just £10.

So next time, you're in the south side, why not give this lovely park another try. There's plenty there waiting to be discovered.

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