From the National Gallery to the Kelvingrove, there’s plenty of great art to admire in Edinburgh and Glasgow. But the cities themselves are works of art too. Our Visual Art editor Rachael Cloughton discovers

some of the city’s best walking trails for art lovers

GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART WALKING TOURS Swiss curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist termed Glasgow’s transformation from post-industrial malaise to a leading contemporary arts and culture hub as ‘The Glasgow Miracle’. These walking tours, led by student guides, reveal the story behind the ‘miracle’, exploring the pivotal sites and projects that turned Glasgow into the cultural hub it is today. You’ll visit the Third Eye Centre’s community arts projects in Garnethill from the 1970s to the grassroots galleries in Merchant City from the 90s. The walks take in a huge stretch of the city and frequently veer off the beaten track to uncover artworks installed down hidden lanes. This is a great way to discover Glasgow; and they even provide the umbrellas. £16.00 for students with valid ID GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY: HERITAGE AUDIO TOURS Glasgow Women’s Library is a vibrant information hub on Landressy Street dedicated to increasing the knowledge and understanding of women’s history, lives and achievements. Over the last few years, the organisation has developed heritage audio tours so that people can explore outside of the library and across the city by walking in the steps of women who have shaped Glasgow’s history. There are two audio tours so far, covering the West and East Ends of Glasgow. The West End tour traces the lives of pipe-smoking forewomen and revolting schoolmistresses. In the East End you’ll i nd out about the women who worked in the Templeton Factory, suffragettes who were held in Duke Street Prison and the woman who set up the Barras. Download for £3 from Audio tours have been developed in English, French, Polish and German.

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