So as of the end of July, I've been living in Glasgow for a year. A whole year.
My first thoughts when moving here where all filled with dread. Being an outdoorsie person, it really wasn't looking good. I hated living in cities, and going from the small town life in Moray, to the hustle and bustle of Glasgow sounded horrendous.
To my surprise, I've been more outdoorsie this year than I have any other time of my life. Here's why:
1. Glasgow has over 90 parks and gardens.
Who'd have thunk, that such an industrial city like Glasgow, has over 90 parks and gardens?! Its crazy. I'm lucky enough to be able to work in the largest; Pollok Country Park. I also live not far away from Bellahouston park (known for being a great venue for concerts) and am not far away from lots of other amazing natural spaces.
2. Glasgow is right next to popular outdoor locations.
Just outside of Glasgow there is Loch Lomond, Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Stirling and Perthshire. All of these places are no more than an hour and a half's drive. When I moved to Glasgow I didn't think there would be much to explore around about me, but I have actually ended up finding so much more than I could have ever hoped for.
3. Glasgow has loads of outdoor sports.
Since moving down, I tried to get back into archery, (and failing because I kept being busy on shooting days,) and I have just started learning to row with Glasgow Rowing Club. I have also kept an eye out for other sports I may want to get into in the future, and there is a lot to choose from.
4. Scotland has amazing Facebook groups
Without joining a few Scottish outdoor facebook groups, I wouldn't have got out, or met any new people. It's with making these connections that I have came across so many nice places, and had the confidence to plan and do long distance walks. I wouldn't have even heard of half the places I've explored lately if it wasn't for these facebook groups. I've also learned a lot from people I've met, especially how to stay safe in the hills and while walking!
I hope I've inspired you to come and visit this wonderful city. I really don't regret moving down here! It was the best decision I ever made, despite picking up a tinge of the accent Here's to another year full of outdoor adventures.
Until Next Time
Jade - Your Introvert Adventurer x