Instagrammable Glasgow Locations

We love Glasgow. It has architecture. It has views. It has history. It has quirkiness. It has many Instagrammable Locations.

The best way to experience Glasgow and all it has to offer is simply walking the streets. The centre of Glasgow is easy to get around on foot and most of these attractions are within walking distance of each other. The other easy option is to explore the city on the ‘City Sightseeing Glasgow’ bus tour- you can hop on and off at each stop and this lets you get to the further away sites mentioned below.

If you are looking to document your travels around Glasgow, then read on for top 10 Instagrammable Glasgow Locations

Glasgow Cathedral

This magnificent medieval cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow and the oldest cathedral on Scottish mainland which survived the 1560 Scottish Reformation, which was when Scotland broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and created the Church of Scotland.

Photography Tip: Step inside for a delight to the eyes and camera as this building is beautiful inside and out. Be sure to head down to the crypt for gorgeous ceilings which look great in a photograph and crane your neck to take in the vaulted ceilings and gorgeous stain glass windows

Location: Castle Street, G4 0QZ

Cost: Free / donation

Glasgow Necropolis

Located on a hill behind Glasgow Cathedral you will find the Glasgow Necropolis- yes, a graveyard- but a graveyard like no other, the gravestones of this Victorian era are creative and intricate, and it provides a great vantage point the views of Glasgow and the Cathedral are pretty special

Photography Tip: Learn some information on the people buried here as there are some notable graves

Location: Castle Street, G4 0UZ

Cost: Free / donation

University of Glasgow Cloisters

There are many great photo spots around the university of Glasgow campus as the grounds and buildings are gorgeous, but it is the Cloisters which are perhaps the most iconic with archways, columns and vaulted ceilings making it a pretty place to photograph

Photography Tip: Be sure to capture the vaulted ceilings bypositioning your camera low to the ground 

Location: University Avenue, G12 8QQ

Cost: You can freely walk the grounds

River Clyde Landmarks

The River Clyde is where Glasgow was built and here you will find many of Glasgow’s famous landmarks, with many interesting designs and stunning architecture there are plenty of photo opportunities and notable Instagrammable locations.

There is the hyper- modern, award winning Riverside Museum designed by architect Zaha Hadid which is home to the transport museum with collections of historic vehicles and interactive displays- such as an old Glasgow Street you can meander in.

Photography Tip: Well actually the best views of this striking building are from a bird’s eye perspective, although we are yet to get our drone over here

Location: 100 Pointhouse Road, G3 8RS

Cost: Free / donation

The crane you see is the Finnieston Crane also known as the Stobcross Crane, is a now disused cantilever crane which has been retained as a symbol of the city’s engineering heritage. The crane along with the many others around the Clyde was used for loading cargo, in particular steam locomotives, onto ships to be exported around the world.

Photography Tip: View from across the river to capture the whole crane in one shot

Location: 4 Finnieston Quay, G3 8HL 

Cost: Free to wander around the base

Other notable buildings are the Armadillo, the SSE Hydro and the Glasgow Science Centre which are all near to one another. At the Science Centre you can do the Glasgow Tower where you have unrivalled panoramic views of the city and the Clyde.

Photography Tip: The Armadillo and the Hydro are best seen at night when they are magically lit up in an array of colours.

Location: Exhibition Way, G3 8YW

Cost: The Armadillo, the SSE Hydro best viewed from outside, both hold concerts which of course have a fee. The Glasgow Science Centre is £6.50

Photography Tip: Walk across one of the many footbridges which cross the Clyde, here you will fit most of these iconic structures into one image