On those rare, rare occasions when it’s too hot to know what to do with yourself in Glasgow, the mind wanders to the city’s many green spaces. Glasgow is the greenest city I’ve ever seen and so the choice of where to be doing my sun worshipping is not a particularly easy one. If in the South Side though, Pollok Country Park never disappoints. Whether just to wander the vast grounds or to visit the impressive 18th Century House, it’s a tranquil spot just a few miles from the heart of the city.
The approach road to the House will take you past fields where you can get up close with a few Highland Cows if you are lucky. The 146 Hectares permit endless exploring but for most it’s a case of finding a good spot and getting the picnic gear out. The Country Park is also home to the famous Burrell Collection, a blog for another day.
Pollok House is very proud of its collection of Spanish paintings by artists including El Greco, Murillo and Goya. The magnificent entrance hall, well maintained period furnishings and highly atmospheric rooms make it one of the most impressive buildings in the South Side. Drop down to the servants’ quarters on the ground floor and you’ll find an Edwardian Kitchen that’s do some great lunch options.