Lena Points #8: Sighthill Park, Stone Circle in Glasgow
Sighthill Park - Dizzy Heights in Glasgow City
Lena from France is a champion, a hero. She fought off the chilling cold frost of a sunny Glasgow winter day to point for us. It was not just any point however. Sighthill Stone circle, as those of you who follow our exploits, is very close to Student Tours Scotland's heart. There are many parks in Glasgow which all have their own little features. Sighthill Park, which opened in 1982, features an awesome little Stone Circle which was built in the 1970's.
At night it is an eerie place and by day it has a haunting beauty. The views, albeit with a motorway in tow, are great. You can see quite far across Glasgow. It's one of Student Tours Scotland's favourite places to hang out. You can read more on the Stone Circle HERE.
Glasgow City Council is planning on demolishing the Stones for a new development. Student Tours Scotland hopes that the council will change it's mind and include the circle in the new development. It would be a shame for Glasgow to forget it's awesome past. The people of Glasgow deserve better. Glasgow deserves better. Head upa nd check out the circle for yourselves.
Video of Stone Circle from Sighthill Park in Glasgow
Found a video I put up last year from my first ventures into Sighthill Park Stone Circle. Forgot about this one. Gives you an idea of what the place feels like. Glasgow needs to preserve awesome relics like this - even if they are a modern build. They represent something so much more important. These are the things that make Student Tours Scotland tours so much more fantastic. Let's hope Glasgow City Council see it that way when they decide on it's fate.
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.
Sighthill Park Stone Circle - A Glasgow Hidden Gem in Need
There is much to see and do in Glasgow. Student Tours Scotland loves this city. One of the most magical and secret places is in the area of Sighthill just north of the City Centre and Cowcaddens areas. It is tucked away on the top of the massive expanse of Sighthill Park which was opened in 1982 as the largest Glasgow park since Victorian times. This fantastic attraction is a Stone Circle, built very specifically by Duncan Lunan and others along Pagan rules for astronomical alignment. It also sits atop the site of an old ventilation shaft for the Buchanan Street Train Station tunnel (another aspect of our history that is long gone).
For Student Tours Scotland it is a great hidden gem in a city which has much to offer the explorer. Sighthill and the North of Glasgow is an area in dire need of redevelopment. We were excited to read in The Evening Times that £250 million pounds is to be spent on making Sighthill a fantastic place to live. However it is with sad news that we hear the Sighthill Stone Circle is due to be demolished.
We see no reason why this unique piece of Glasgow's past cannot be incorporated into the new designs or (as a last resort) moved elsewhere for safe keeping. Over the years Glasgow Corporation; Glasgow District Council and Glasgow City Council (not to mention the UK and Scottish governments) have repeatedly made bad decisions and demolished huge sections of the city which should have been retained.
Student Tours Scotland supports this fantastic place being preserved and requests you do too. Tell Glasgow City Council what you think by contacting them HERE or by signing the petition to save the circle HERE.
We cannot afford to lose more of our city - Glasgow Deserves Better.
Glasgow: The Annoying Side of Life #01 (Katrina and Benjamin)
Not Everything is Perfect in Glasgow
Welcome to a brand new regular blog. We interview students past and present and find out what really bugged them about Scotland. Our first installation comes from Katrina and Benjamin who came from Finland. Here is just a few of the things that really bugged them about Scotland.
- The habit of not taking ones shoes off before entering inside the house. (This one adds annoyment level when there's fitted carpets on floor.)
- Girls wearing taller heels than their skirt even if it was raining sideways. (Benjamin incidentally thinks they were sometimes a joy to watch but agrees with Katrina that they seemed pretty slutty
- The price of elecricity with single windows. We had a elecritical roof heating system with electicity heated water boiler in our flat. Throughout first month in the flat we kept all the systems on because the windows and the front door couldn't keep the heat in. We changed our ways from keeping the heating on to wearing more clothes after receiving a £250.00 electricity bill
- Good coffee was a bit difficult to find. It should always be fresh filtered
- "Yer in Scontland so learn to understand our accent or bugger off" (Benjamin says, "I'm sorry I only learnt your language but won't excel it")
So there's a few. Feels awful to complain because we really had a good time while being there and these are really minor things.
Katrina and Benjamin are doing really well for themselves now in Finland. We hope they won't forget Scotland though! Come back and visit.