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A Saunter Along Sauchiehall Street (3 km)

Route Map:

This 1.7 kilometre walk along Sauchiehall Street starts at Charing Cross and finishes near the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The street was built along a wooded hillside and its name derives from “sauchie haugh” or “willow meadow”. 

Sadly the Glasgow School of Art and the ABC Nightclub which are featured in the walk have recently had extensive fire damage, but nonetheless, the locations and history are interesting. And the walk finishes via a Mackintosh Tea Room and ends up in Buchanan Street at the Concert Hall and the Old Athenaeum!


The walk is 1.7km and involves some quite steep uphill and downhill sections and steps. You need to be confident in walking on and off pavements and negotiating steps etc. It is possible to miss out the uphill and downhill sections by missing out points B and C and continuing straight along Sauchiehall Street. There are opportunities for refreshments and toilet facilities at one of the many cafes and restaurants in Sauchiehall Street or the Mitchell Library near Charing Cross or at the Centre for Contemporary Arts on Sauchiehall Street. If you feel you can’t join the walk then please enjoy the many photographs and links on the website.

Getting Here

Parking The RingGo App is worth downloading to your phone in advance as much of the parking in Glasgow works with this App and it avoids the need to have the correct change with you.

Public transport: The beginning of the walk can be accessed from Charing Cross Station. For access by bus, you can find up to date information on buses and trains from Traveline Scotland’s website, First Bus Glasgow or National Rail Enquiries.

Route map in city centre and Timetable