Gallus Glasgow G: Garnethill

GWL Garnethill Walk October 13. Photo credit Mardelle Ceaser
GWL Garnethill Walk October 2014. Photo credit Mardelle Ceaser

I have come to know Garnethill well in recent years – it’s the topic of one of Glasgow Women’s Library’s Women’s Heritage Walks on which I act as a tour guide. There we are above, looking gallus. It’s a mainly residential area near the city centre which got the first part of its name from Thomas Garnett (1766-1802) who built a house here. The views below explain the second part of the name quite well! There’s a hill in every direction.

Despite its relatively small size, Garnethill packs in a lot of history. The tour explores women’s lives via churches, hospitals, schools, a park, a synagogue, a museum (The Tenement House) and Mackintosh’s iconic Art School, shown bottom right after the fire damage of May 2014. The other pictures show gable-end public art from the late 70s, the Pocket Park, the birthplace of novelist Catherine Carswell and one of Shona Kinloch’s Chookie Burdies (look for the wee bird on the lamp-post).

There is a Storify for this walk with more pictures, and see also my friend Mardelle Ceaser’s blog about her experience as a tour participant. Several of the pictures in this post are hers (used with permission and credited in the captions.) However, this is just a flavour of the two hours of history on offer. If you’re in the Glasgow area, I recommend coming on any of GWL’s walks (not that I’m biased, of course!)

In H tomorrow, you might be able to get a pint to go with that curry you had in C.


  1. Beautiful buildings and how fun to be a tour guide. You can share your love and knowledge of an area and get exercise. I tend to turn into a tour guide whenever someone asks me what year my little branch library was built (1931) or something of that nature. It actually happens quite frequently which is nice. It’s refreshing that emphasis is put on woman’s history, I haven’t seen that in the United States very often.


    • It is fun and I have learned a lot. Women’s history is often hidden from sight but is there if you dig a bit. We have 5 different 2 hour walks and had no difficulty finding stuff to talk about.