Glasgow, United Kingdom

Game on: Glasgow Green, the City’s Sporting Heart

Game on: Glasgow Green, the City’s Sporting Heart

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10 tour stops


Introduction to Glasgow Green

A short intro to the tour explaining format and times.

3 min

Glasgow Tidal Weir

Sept 2020: Weir currently undergoing repair works but you can peer through the fence.

5 min

West Boathouse

Home to two of the oldest rowing clubs on the river, it is undergoing renovations.

5 min

St Andrew's Suspension Bridge & East Boathouse

Cast iron, built 1854-55 to replace ferry crossing (Green to Gorbals). Cat A Listed

2 min

Flesher's Haugh & City of Glasgow Regatta Club

Site of the oldest clubhouse on the river, and a popular bathing and swimming spot.

4 min

On the straight and narrrow....

An ambitious plan to straighten The Clyde

3 min

Mr Fleming's Fabulous Gymnasium

Site of 1850s outdoor gym, gifted to the city by Mr Fleming.

2 min

Greenhead Baths

Site of 1878 public baths and washhouse, bombed during WW2.

3 min

The Lost Lido of Glasgow Green

Under your feet is an Olympic sized outdoor swimming pool!

2 min

2014 Commonwealth Games: The Finishing Line

The 'Big G' sculpture from 2014 Commonwealth Games

1 min


Long before there was a Hampden Park, Kelvin Hall or an Emirates Arena, Glasgow Green was where the city went to play and compete. Gifted to the people of Glasgow in 1450, the Green has long been a focus for public gatherings, fairs, political protests and gigs. However, its long-standing role in nurturing the city’s diverse range of sports is often overlooked.

Taking in lost lidos, jumbo-sized gyms, the first golf and football clubs, the origins of ‘gutties’ and an ambitious scheme by local rowers to straighten the river, Ingrid Shearer of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust is our guide on a tour through the city’s true home of sport.

This trail was made as part of the West Boathouse project. The West Boathouse is the long, red-roofed building on the north riverbank, east of the tidal weir. It was built in 1905 for the two rowing clubs who still call it home and has recently been restored by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust

Itinerary 3.8 km / 1:30

Offline map included

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