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Photo Friday: Glasgow Street Art & Mural Trail

It’s been a while since I did a Photo Friday post, and it’s been hard to build up the motivation to look through travel photos when we don’t know when we’ll ever be able to travel again, let alone with everything that has been going on in our lives personally.

On that note, I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my last post or reached out. It’s probably the most personal I’ve got on here, and it was written at the end of one of the toughest weeks of our lives. Tonight, we will be drinking rum & coke, and Brewdog Punk IPA in memory of our dear friend Chris.

In this post, I decided to stay a bit closer to home with our neighbouring city of Glasgow. Before we moved to Edinburgh, and with the exception of my mandatory shufflings through Aberdeen on my way in and out of Orkney, Glasgow was always my most visited city in Scotland, whether it was to visit friends who disappeared to the city for university, or to see countless gigs. (Whenever bands do a “UK” tour, their only Scotland date, if they have any at all, is almost always in Glasgow – in fact, one of the first gigs Ash & I ever went to together was Green Day at the SECC.)

Glasgow, Scotland - People Make Glasgow

The thing is though, I’ve never really visited Glasgow as a tourist. I’ve barely written about Glasgow on the blog, which is one of my biggest oversights. Before lockdown, I started planning out a Glasgow post, but of course despite it being less than an hour away, we haven’t been able to visit to be “tourists” since, which means there are still too many of the “must-see” sights that I haven’t seen yet to be able to write about it.

I have, however, taken every opportunity in the past year or so to find more and more street art in the city. It might surprise you to learn that Glasgow is one of the best cities in the world for it – in fact, there’s an entire dedicated mural trail! And more and more is popping up all the time (I’ve made a new list of ones to look out for next time I’m there).

The first one that I made the effort to see was the famous St Mungo mural, and it’s even better in real life than it is in photos. It’s just stunning!

St Mungo street art, Glasgow, Scotland

But if you think that’s good – you’re in for quite the ride in this post! Here are many, many more of my favourites.

St Enoch & child street art, Glasgow, Scotland

Pirate girl mural, Glasgow, Scotland
This one isn’t even on the mural trail! It’s near-ish to St Luke’s, or Glasgow Green

Speaking of St Luke’s…

Saint Luke's pub, Glasgow, Scotland

Excuse the lighting – there’s an annoyingly bright light above it! St Luke’s is AWESOME though – it’s a pub inside a church, with a live music venue too. I was indeed there for a gig.

Badger & highland cow street art, Glasgow, Scotland

Squirrel & fox mural street art, Glasgow, Scotland

Magnifying glass street art, Glasgow, Scotland

Black cab balloon street art, Glasgow, Scotland

Tunnocks tea cakes street art with Irn Bru and

Duke of Wellington & pigeon street art with

Foraging nature mural, Glasgow, Scotland
Proof that it doesn’t always rain in Scotland!

And last but not least… probably my favourite one that I’ve discovered so far!

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What’s your favourite?

Mine is definitely the bubbles, along with the magnifying glass one (“Honey I Shrunk The Kids”) and of course St Mungo. I also love the pirate girl – I stumbled across that completely by accident, as I’m sure I will many more!

I have at least five more “big murals” on my list to search for, let alone all the little ones I’ve stumbled across down alleyways. In fact, there’s a really cool one of a guy playing guitar (#24 on the mural trail) which I’ve seen and DEFINITELY remember taking a photo of, but I can’t find it anywhere – so I guess I’ll have to “stumble across” that one again! (Especially as another cool one has popped up round the corner from it – #31 on the trail) I also remember taking a photo of #16 (“Dr Connolly I Presume?”) so I’ll need to try to find that too, or take another one on my next visit.

And let’s not forget the ORIGINAL Glasgow “street art”:

Duke Of Wellington statue with two traffic cones, Queen Street, Glasgow, Scotland

I do not remember a time that the Duke Of Wellington didn’t have a traffic cone on his head. And sometimes the horse does, too! Weirdly, this is probably the most famous landmark in Glasgow, which just about sums up the humour of the place.

(Side note: someone put a traffic cone on the Sir Walter Scott monument in Edinburgh a few months ago. It was gone by the next day. Booo!)

As much as I love Edinburgh, Glasgow certainly has the edge on street art, as there’s hardly any in the capital. Hope these pictures have brought a bit of colour and cheer at a dark time, and that you are all doing well.

Where’s some of your favourite street art?

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Glasgow Street Art & The Mural Trail

35 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Glasgow Street Art & Mural Trail

  1. It’s been almost five years since I went to Glasgow, and I swear I remember seeing the St. Mungo mural while walking around town! I didn’t pay much mind to it, because I didn’t know about the city’s ubiquitous street art, but now I realize its fame! Beautiful place, with a wistful, artsy feel to it. πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s by the cathedral so you probably did! πŸ™‚ I think it’s only since then that the art scene has picked up there, so it’s possible there wouldn’t have been much of it back then. I certainly never knew about it until the past couple of years!

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  2. I love exploring street art when we travel, although we have some cute pieces here in Birmingham too. Rotterdam is a great European city for street art. Must make a visit back up to Glasgow some time as I’ve only ever been for work and seen the inside of hotel rooms!

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    1. Thank you! It really does – one of the best places I’ve seen for that is Penang. They even have art literally telling historical stories! Really, really cool. I loved the art in San Francisco as well, some really interesting humanitarian ones there. πŸ™‚ But for creativity, Glasgow is one of my favourites!

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  3. I wish I did a day trip to Glasgow when I went to Scotland. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time. I definitely want to go back, visit this awesome city and see all these murals. Definitely keeping this handy. πŸ™‚

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  4. I keep meaning to visit Glasgow again. It’s been years since I was there and before cities really started becoming all about the street art. I love the badger and highland cow one, but they’re all amazing

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  5. It’s years since I’ve been to Glasgow and I loved it back then even though there wasn’t all the street art (or I didn’t come across it if there was). I really think I’m due a return visit. Wonder when that’s likely to be??

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    1. I’m honestly not sure when all the street art started popping up! I’m pretty sure a lot of it is recent. Fingers crossed things will start improving soon (although with erm, the plan south, I’m not sure what the UK’s going to look like by the end of the month…).

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  6. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, and hope you’re holding up okay in the circumstances; I’ve been trying to spend my downtime offline to reduce screen time, and have just been catching up on posts. Glasgow has some cracking street art! I had a day there (not nearly long enough!) before hiking the West Highland Way a couple of years back, and there are so many stunning pieces. You’d love the murals in Lyon – if you fancy a virtual preview of sorts, I did a round-up of my favourites a couple of years back (https://lagrenouilleanglaise.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/best-of-the-fresques/)

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    1. That’s sooo cool – I love the one with the books, and the one with the entire neighbourhood on it is insanely awesome! To be honest with you, there’s not a HUGE amount to do in Glasgow so you don’t need long there. πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to going back and having a wee tourist day out though! Thank you so much btw. ❀ Things are getting a little easier. Just the worst time for anything like that to happen (not that there's a good time). Hope you are doing okay at the moment, don't blame you for reducing screen time x

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      1. I’m in awe of people who paint murals like those in Lyon and Glasgow! We squeezed as much out of a day as we could, but I’d definitely stop over again if I could. I loved the Kelvingrove Museum, and there were some great foodie spots ☺️ So true; it’s the not being able to be with others that makes it a particularly cruel time to lose a loved one. I’m doing alright, finding it easier to stay positive on sunny days than cloudy ones (as I’m sure is the case for lots of people!)

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  7. Wow Clazz these are really excellent. I was never too enticed to visit Glasgow. Till now. It’s a bit like Waterford in Ireland. My fave is perhaps the classroom, such clever perspective.

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