I was pleasantly surprised with this cafe. It's quite a large space with floor to ceiling windows housing a selection of comfy sofas and more typical cafe tables and chairs depending on if you are lunching or just coffee-ing. Service at the counter is always delivered with a quip and smile and there's usually a vast selection of yummy looking cakes, sandwich/salad/tattie fillings on display. Fillings are along traditional lines including prawn cocktail, coronation chicken, savoury cheese, ham etc. Along with all the usual coffee/tea/soft drink choices, the cafe also does a range of freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. There's always a big fruit bowl on the counter too. Although I doubt that I would make a detour here unless I was at the leisure centre, I would be happy enough if a friend suggested meeting here with the weans. Very clean (given its so family friendly!) and super accessible for those on wheels. Ample car parking available. I have awarded 4 stars based on how scotstoun's cafe compares to other leisure centre cafés I have been to-well deserved.
You can definitely see the benefit of the extra Commonwealth funding being put into Scotstoun Leisure Centre. The pool has always been great (a good size in a light and airy space with a Sauna, Steam Room, Saunarium and Spa Pool) but the gym is now also first class. I've never seen so many exercise machines in one place, nor such a variety. As well as loads of badminton, squash and tennis courts and more than 10 5 a-side football pitches. There's also a good selection of classes which are free with Glasgow Club membership and reasonably priced if you're not signed up.
I've also found all the staff to be really helpful, from those at the front desk to class instructors. The gym induction I had was really thorough and I got lots of good tips to help me with my fitness.
The only thing stopping this from being a 5 star review is the back hall that my roller derby club rents on occasion. It's in desperate need of some TLC and hopefully the facelift will soon extend to this part of the facility.
Definitely my favourite Glasgow Club facility!
Surprisingly for such a large swimming pool, it is possible to catch a quiet time in here: although it is used by schools and has a large programme of lessons, there is always space for a few leisurely lengths.
In line with the general run of Glasgow Council's pools, the centre is immaculately clean, and a gym membership covers all of the Council's sports' facilities. The gym is busy and businesslike: Scoutstoun is the ideal place for a complete work out, even if it is some distance from the town centre and slightly off the beaten track.
The sauna suite suite is especially impressive, with a women only night on Tuesday, but it always worth catching a class or two. The Body Combat is good for a high energy laugh.
I've been a regular at Scotstoun Leisure Centre for several years, on account of it having such a large swimming pool. Even when I stayed in Glasgow city centre I would get the train through to Scotstounhill station (see my separate review for it) to go to the pool at least once a week.
The pool is long, wide and deep, making it ideal for the serious swimmer, especially on weekday afternoons when it is quite quiet. There are three different, narrow lanes (a slow, medium and fast) intended to allow you to swim in peace without any kids or whoever getting in your road as you swim your lengths; their is still plenty space in the rest of the pool for the kids to mess around as well as a shallow pool for younger children. Even if you are quite a fast swimmer though there always seems to be someone even faster who catches up and overtakes you (there is only space for two people to pass and you are supposed to swim in a circular direction). Or, as was often the case with me, a super-serious swimmer who, despite there not being the space, does the 'butterfly', splashing your face and practically hooking you in the jaw in the process.
But you can't have everything.
The gym in Scotstoun is mixed. The main room with all the cardio-vascular equipment has over a dozen treadmills, with other machines like exercise bikes, plus TVs showing either music videos or Sky Sports News. The weight training room is dull and unatmospheric in comparison, with no windows and no music. Although there are plenty of freeweights, the machines are not very user-friendly, but at least the place is not usually too busy.
There is the usual other Glasgow City Council leisure facilities such as badminton and squash courts, a health suite and cafeteria, all built to the usual modern, high standards. Scotstoun is also a sight to behold from the outside, with not only 5-a-side football pitches but a huge 400m running track and brand new stands built alongside in preparation for use at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. There is a big car park, though unbelievably it is always pretty much full, even during the quieter times. It seems that perhaps, as it is a free car park, its' spaces are being snapped up by the parking vultures who aren't even using the leisure centre. If this is the case, the situation must be stopped.
I used to be a regular attendant at Scotstoun Leisure Centre before I started using my brother's cross trainer. As it is a Glasgow City Council leisure centre, it is very reasonably priced. The pool is huge, although it does get busy at evenings and weekends.
I'm also a fan of the spa area which has a jazuzzi, steam room and sauna.
The centre is handily placed for public transport; it is only a ten minute walk from Scotstounhill Train Station and tons of buses pass through Dumbarton Road.
Scotstoun Leisure Centre is currently undergoing an upgrade in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games where is is to be a centrepiece for events.
Excellent swimming pool and good football facilities (four 7-a-side, four 5-a-side and one 11-a-side pitch), Scotstoun Leisure Centre is one of the best sport complexes in the west of the city.
Indeed, rather than being full of rotund individuals courting heart attacks in the gym or football field, Scotstoun has worked hard with youngsters in a range of sports and is used regularly by local schools.
In particular, the inclusion of the National Badminton Academy has produced some of the country's most promising young players in the sport, while the 400m athletics track and stadium is used regularly for high profile sporting events.
Don't go along to the adult & family SWIM time. It's a complete waste of money. Kids jumping about and throwing balls is one thing - at least they keep to one area and the staff warn them to be alert for passing SWIMMERS. Alas they don't speak to the adults with kids who hog the centre of the pool throwing balls about to each other with never a thought of them hitting anyone. They don't move out of the way and are rude when people try to SWIM past.
Save your money and go elsewhere where you may get a chance to SWIM and even do it leisurely.
When I came here on the bus to take my little friend to swimming lessons, like the fool I am, I got myself a bit lost. Why the fool, you ask? Well, because when I was pointed in the right direction, I saw just how massive it is! Like looking for an elephant in a barn.
I only experienced the swimming pool of the place - it consists of all sorts of athelic delights; indoor pitches, gym rooms and the like - but was very impressed with what I found. The lessons were run by a rather matronly lady, and they were structured in a loose but firm way. Learn through play, that sort of thing. But my little friend - who is three for reference - enjoyed it thoroughly, as did the other kids.
As well as the shallow pool the lessons were held in, there's also a splash fountain pool for the babies, and a larger pool for the serious swimmers. It's all very clean feeling, airy and light. A nice pool to spend time in, which is unusual amongst the field of pools.
the water in the main pool is quite cold compared to other pools i have seen staff open the 2 emergency doors during the day which causes cold air to the pool, also the 2 emergency doors are wedged open with traffic cone contravening the building regulations fire safety .if a fire strarts the public will trip over the cones and cause a pile up this would be the managements liability
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