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Directions for the Glasgow walk

Updated Monday, 9th November 2009

Directions and an interactive map for the Glasgow audio walk.

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These directions will guide you along the route of the Glasgow audio walk. Why not print out this page and take it with you?

The walk will take around an hour and a half if you’re listening to the audio, longer if you wish to explore the sites in further detail.

The route is very flat, and with only pavements to negotiate, it’s suitable for wheelchair users. Only at the last spot – in the Ramshorn Kirkyard – will you be away from pavements or roads, but there are good paths here too.


The walk begins in the old heart of Glasgow, at the Tolbooth Steeple at Glasgow Cross. This is the centrepiece of Glasgow Cross, and it’s probably best viewed while standing opposite the High Street.

Point 1: the Tolbooth

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The Tolbooth

Next, follow London Road until you get to Charlotte Street on your right. The Merchant’s House is number 52, at the top of the street.


Point 2: Charlotte Street

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Charlotte Street

Continue down Charlotte Street and turn right onto Greendyke Street, skirting along the edge of Glasgow Green. Turn right up Turnbull Street, and walk until you reach St. Andrews in the Square. Have a wander around the square.

Point 3: St. Andrews in the Square

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St. Andrews in the Square

Walk along St Andrew’s Street, which faces the church. Turn right up the Saltmarket, back towards Glasgow Cross, then left at the Cross. Carry on walking until you reach the Tron Theatre or thereabouts.

Point 4: Trongate

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Continue along the Trongate then turn right up Candleriggs. Turn left into Wilson Street and then feel free to explore the area for a while.

Point 5: Wilson Street

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Wilson Street

Walk to the end of Wilson Street, and turn right up Virginia Street. Ahead of you will be the site of Virginia Mansions – now a bank – either go through the alleyway to the left of that, or follow Virginia Place around the right of the bank onto Ingram Street. Turn left and then when you reach Miller Street turn left once more until you get to number 42 on the left.

Point 6: the Tobacco Lord's House

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The Tobacco Lord's House

Retrace your footsteps back onto Ingram Street and turn left. Walk to the Gallery of Modern Art that sits facing you on Queen Street.

Point 7: the Cunninghame Mansion

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The Cunninghame Mansion

Turn back along Ingram Street and walk along the left side until you reach the Ramshorn Kirk, just past Montrose Street.

Point 8: the Ramshorn Kirkyard

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The Ramshorn Kirk

This is the final resting place for many of Glasgow's Tobacco Lords.

Interactive map

Here's a Google Map with the points marked. Click on the points for more information.

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