Over the years, Glasgow has made many claims to fame, like having the only dedicated women’s library in Scotland – score. Or, the oldest swimming club in the world. But, on the flip side, Scotland’s most populous city also got the rep for a staggeringly low life expectancy and a love of deep-fried mars bars and pizza crunch – eek.
However, thanks to a wellness makeover, it’s on the up.
According to a survey done by Mindful Chef, the healthy eating recipe box biz, Glasgow is now a top vegan hotspot. Proof? Just recently, hundreds of fitness fans flocked to the main center for Scotland’s boutique health and wellbeing extravaganza, Sweat It Festival.
So, Monzo cards at the ready, it’s time to build your own wellness weekender Glasgow-style.
What to Do in Glasgow – A Healthy Guide
WH enlisted the expert help of Glasgow-based personal trainers Stefanie Moir (@naturallystefanie), Mandy (@thebodysculptoruk) and Lola Campbell (@lcampbell) for their top picks of fit things to do in the city—from running routes, to coffee spots, to cake cafes.
Go, go, go.
Jumpstart your wellness weekender by embracing your inner kid at Flip Out, one of Glasgow’s top trampoline parks. The center is huge and has many different areas— it even has a fitness class that takes place on the trampolines and has a mini Ninja Warrior style course. Very fun.
Run the city
Pollock Park is a scenic route for a 5km run, so is a very popular spot for runners in general. It is a little out of the city center but is easy to reach by public transport or to drive if you have your own transport.
If you fancy running straight out of your hotel door head to the river. Or, Cyclebox hosts their own run club which starts at their Kelvinhaugh Street Studio every Saturday at 1 pm. Just turn up.
Picnic in the park
Weather permitting, one of the nicest walks in Glasgow is around Kelvingrove park. Located in Glasgow’s West End, it’s the perfect park for a picnic.
Sightsee and stroll.
145 Kelvinhaugh St, Glasgow G3 8PX
Join for a sweaty, super fun hybrid of boxing and spinning—and get ready for a photo under the infamous ‘Train like a fighter’ neon light.
Want to make Glaswegian gains? Head to Crossfit Glasgow to lift with the locals. When done, refuel at the protein bar vending machine. Plus, your first session is totally free of charge.
For your standard run of the mill, workout sign up for a free 5-day gym pass at Xercise4Less. They have plenty of machines and a women’s only area.
Stretch of the plane or train journey and enjoy and Scottish savasana. Open seven days a week and with a diverse yoga offering, there’s a class for all zen tribes. Our choice? Warm yin.
JUICE BARS & COFFEE SHOPS
Down TO Earth
351 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow G11 6AL
For delicious cold-pressed juices, Down TO Earth is one of the best spots. It’s budget-friendly, plus they serve cold-pressed juices, so you can enjoy a hit of vitamins and minerals without all the additives.
IG pack, head to Locker 1012 for pastel pink interior and a picture-perfect flower wall. The rainbow cake is also great (if a little higher in sugar).
103 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1DX
Pop into Picnic cafe to sample their all vegan, plant-based fare. It’s slap bang in the middle of Glasgow so easily accessible. Go for the snowball – it’s all vegan and is delicious with a coffee or mint tea.
241 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1DA
For £2 a coffee, head to Sprigg—they also do the best salads in the city and breakfast bowls to die for.
Riverhill Coffee Shop
24 Gordon St, Glasgow G1 3PU
With ‘grammable interiors and a fresh, daily menu this Glasgow go-to serves great flat whites and sourdough toasties, with a wide array of cakes, too.
LUNCH AND DINNER SPOTS
Soul Food Kitchen
973 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G3 7TQ
Do the sound of locally sourced artisan bread, homemade hummus, and protein-pack plant-based burgers make your stomach grumble? Then head to Soul Food Kitchen. Order the vitality burger—a lentil-based patty served with seasoned sweet potato, a great healthy alternative to the typical burger and chips you might find around the city center.
For dessert, they have raw bars. The snickers style slice is to die for and tastes exactly like a snickers bar but without any refined sugars and nasties.
130 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 2RQ
To eat by your macros – this is your place. Plus, they cater to all types of diets: gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and paleo. Their muscle freak shake is a fitspo’s favorite. Made from a blend of vegan plant-based protein powder, organic peanut butter, banana, and almond milk – it’s yum. The whole experience is a fitness nerd’s dream.
If Itsu joined forces with POD you’d get something similar to Maratha’s – healthy grub that’s purse-friendly. Go for the sweet potato, feta & egg pot in the AM or chipotle chicken and low gi brown rice at lunch.