Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, in the west end of Glasgow, houses one of Europe’s great art collections and is Scotland’s most popular free attraction.

It features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects!

The collections at Kelvingrove include natural history, arms and armour, art from many art movements and periods of history and so much more.

The important collection of French 19th century paintings includes works by Monet, Gauguin and Renoir.

Further highlights are Rembrandt’s ‘Man in Armour’, ‘Christ and the Adulteress’ by Titian and Salvador Dali’s ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’.

Our favourites are Willem van de Velde’s ‘Eendracht’ and Van Gogh’s painting of Alexander Reid.

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We would recommend the Kelvingrove Park Heritage trail. This trail, which should take approximately an hour and thirty minutes, begins at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Long distance paths

If you want to escape the city centre, then take on the 11-mile Kelvin Walkway.

The route follows the river banks south from Milngavie. A route once used by Highland drovers taking their cattle to market.

It follows the three watercourses of the Allander, Kelvin and Clyde, to form a ‘green link’ from Glasgow to the countryside.

The Kelvin Walkway extends the West Highland Way south to the centre of Glasgow. Here it can be linked to the longer Clyde Walkway that continues south from the city.

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