It's maybe not an obvious destination but the stunning range of colours in Kelvingrove Park, Maxwell Park, Queen's Park and Pollok Country Park is well worth an autumnal visit. Spend some time at the Glasgow University cloisters, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum or, if you head south, at the Burrell Collection. When it gets darker and chillier make sure you find yourself a wee table at cosy Kember & Jones on Byres Road - their coffee and cakes are to die for!
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You can walk up the see the Falls of Clyde where there is a manned area with telescopes by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. We saw the mother feeding her newly hatched chicks.
Hogganfield Loch is a local nature reserve. It's a shallow loch with a wooded island and there's an adjacent marshland reserve. There's free parking and a tarmac path around the loch allowing easy access. It's particularly interesting for bird-watchers as it has a large population of varied wildfowl often with rarities and all easily visible. It's popular with migrants and wintering birds including whooper swans.
The park lies 5km northeast of Glasgow city centre and is is bounded to the north and west by Cumbernauld Road (A80) and by Avenue End Road (B765) to the east. No railway station very close but lots of buses pass by.
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