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Old Glasgow Markets

Meeting Point: Barras Market (at Archways)
Nearest Address to Meeting Point: 242 Gallowgate
Trail Postcode: G15AX

This tour aims to uncover Glasgow’s fascinating and complex food market history, narrating stories of food and how its relationship with the people has changed throughout the centuries. Urban development and industrialisation have modified the cityscape and the advent of supermarkets led to significant changes in the use of local markets – except The Barras – where local Scottish produce and more exotic ingredients used to coexist on the stalls.

The trail will start here, at the Barras, and will bring the visitors to the nearby former markets to show how strong the connection between the history of these buildings and the people of Glasgow was. The tour will highlight the role these markets played in social cohesion as a meeting point for generations of Glaswegians.

Glasgow, which has received the Bronze award from Sustainable Food Places and has the goal of becoming a Carbon Neutral City in 2030, has become a magnet for very interesting sustainable projects. The tour will finish at the premises of an organisation with social values, which connects local produce, food, and people. This event will underline the growing trend of small, local businesses which produce, and /or serve sustainable and healthy foods.

Other Information


Parking: Yes


Physical Access to Building: Limited Access (some areas may be slightly tricky – please explain below)
Further details: There might be steps, uneven surfaces, and steep roads.
Facilities: Toilet, wireless whisper system


Organisation Information:

Stilla is a Scotland-based tour operator which designs authentic, sustainable, and unique tours to ensure our guests get an exclusive and unforgettable experience.
Stilla Finest Scotland is the only tour operator in Scotland providing tours in partnership with both Slow Food Uk and Sea Watch Foundation Uk.

Saturday and Sunday @ 2pm

Trail duration: 1 hour 30 minutes