The Hills Have Eyes (Glasgow’s Sighthill Park and it’s Stone Circle)

Glasgow Smiles Better (and continues to this day)

A city like Glasgow is a playground for people like those who join Student Tours Scotland tours. It's full of secrets, surprises and a rich history that I will probably never fully get to explore and understand no matter how much we read. It never fails to amaze me.

With the sad and shocking news that Sighthill Park is to lose it's stone circle in the Glasgow City Council redevelopment of Sighthill Area, Student Tours Scotland has done a lot of thinking about what the monument means to me.

We would firstly like to say that we are very positive about the redevelopment of the area of Sighthill. We even approve of Sighthill Park being halved in size. We do not however approve of the Stone Circle being blasted to nothing. After all the work and effort from Duncan Lunan and his friends in the 1970's we cannot see why it cannot be incorporated into the development. We have long said that Sighthill Park and Stone Circle should get more attention from Glasgow City Council. Even Sighthill Cemetery has some amazing monuments hidden in it's depths. Sadly it's been neglected. Removal of the Stone Circle is removal of history (albeit a modern version of an old history). The people of Sighthill and Glasgow deserve better. To remove history here is insulting.

We first stumbled upon the Sighthill Park Stone Circle when we was looking into how many parks and gardens Glasgow has. As it is often known as the Dear Green Place, it should come as no surprise to everyone that Glasgow frequently adds new oasis of calm to it's park list (Sighthill Park was the largest park since Victorian Times when opened in 1982). Recently the fairly new Early Braes Park in Shettleston was even given a spot in a green space publication. Glasgow should be proud of it's parks - not ashamed. Even the ones that are often let to lie without much attention (Milton Park in the Milton area in North Glasgow comes to mind) are still to be treasured. Heading up to the stone circle with my French friend Benoit was an exciting adventure. It was a part of Glasgow I had never been to. It was only in 2011 that I first went there. To "discover" it and "lose" it in such a short space of time would be sad. 

Arriving at the stones, Benoit and Student Tours Scotland's awesome guide Gary had discovered our their own secret part of Glasgow. We had the place to ourselves. Climbing on the stones and taking pictures as we went, we stood in the shadow of the nearby monoliths of the tower blocks in Sighthill. We also sat God-like over the rest of Glasgow City Centre and beyond which unravelled below us into the distance. We had found a place of sanctity, a place of peace. All that was of course ruined half an hour later by some local louts hanging around the edges of the park - but that, after all, is simply another "charm" about Glasgow to be honest.

Not satisfied with one visit we frequented the Stone Circle at Sighthill Park as Student Tours Scotland not once, but twice in 2012. Our first venture there on a rather sunny day allowed students a chance to share this hidden gem in Glasgow. Everyone was surprised by the beauty of the place - despite the neglect and rubbish all around. It is a beautiful place (and Student Tours Scotland knows more than a few in Glasgow) and one that really should be treated better and with more care and respect. A particular highlight on my third visit with some Californian students was the local drunk guy hanging out there. He welcomed us despite his state of mind and seemed happy that people were able to enjoy his little piece of Glasgow.

We must preserve these awesome places in Glasgow. Student Tours Scotland tries to do this on each and every tour. After the sad news that one of the fossilized tree stumps in Househill Park on the Levern Water had vanished we need to ensure the same does not happen to Sighthill Park and it's awesome Stone Circle. Glasgow Deserves Better.