I discovered this hidden gem recently when I was out cycling on the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal. It’s a great place to relax in chilled surroundings away from the city centre.
The buildings at Speirs Wharf were once central to Glasgow’s industrial development housing Grain Mills, a Sugar Refinery and warehouses. Part of the ongoing regeneration of the canal, they’ve been developed into flats and office space.
The Ocho cafe and delicatessen at the end of the Wharf serves reasonably-priced snacks and meals and is licensed. There are tables outside on the canal bank, so if it’s sunny sit outside with a glass of wine and admire the fantastic view of the city. Or bring your own picnic and sit on the grass on the opposite site of the canal.
The easiest way to get to Speirs Wharf if you’re walking, is to follow the signs for the Forth and Clyde Canal either at the back of St. George’s Cross underground station or at the back of Cowcaddens underground station. It’s about a ten-minute walk from both stations.
The Waterways website has details of a walking route along the banks of the canal from Speirs Wharf.