|[View from Queen's Park, with Dumgoyne (centre) and Ben Lomond (left) on the horizon]|
Southside is the name given to the vibrant, sprawling urban district that's, well, south of the River Clyde and Glasgow's city centre. Obviously this isn't exactly wild terrain, but Pollok Country Park used to be the largest urban park in Europe - today home to the famous Burrell Collection and nearby Pollok House. On the other side of Shawlands, the district's hub, the land rises to Queen's Park. Crowds descend on the northern slopes with sledges at the first hint of the white stuff, with decent views across the city from the top - and even to Ben Lomond on a clear day.
|[Pollok House (photo from a few days earlier)]|
Name: The Burrell Collection ★★★★☆
Description: One of the largest private art and history collections in the world, with over 8,000 exhibits housed in a modern building (but leaky - hence refurbishment!).
Location: Middle of Pollok Country Park, G.R.: NS 555622 / others punks arts
Open (2017): Closed for refurbishment until 2020.
Cost: Free (but small charge for parking)
Public transport: Train (Pollokshaws West; Shawlands), all 1 km; bus, 800 metres
Name: Pollok House ★★★☆☆
Description: Edwardian country house with walled garden
Location: West side of Pollok Country Park, G.R.: NS 549618 / toned bricks voted
Open (2017): Daily, April to December (gardens best in summer)
Cost (2017): £6.50 (adults), £5 (children), free for National Trust for Scotland members
Public transport: Train (Pollokshaws West), 1.1 km; bus, 1.1 km
Name: Queen's Park ★★★☆☆
Description: Attractive suburban park with wide city views, and glasshouses incorporating a small reptile house.
Location (glasshouses): East side of Shawlands, G.R.: NS 578618 / film escape flood
Open (2017): Park: Always. Glasshouses: Daily
Public transport: Train (Queen's Park), <200 metres; bus, <200 metres
>> see Holmwood House & Linn Park post for Holmwood House ★★☆☆☆; Linn Park ★★☆☆☆