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Scottish Gaelic: Ceann a' Chnuic
Scots: Hullheid

Lilybank Gardens, a typical Hillhead terrace
Hillhead is located in Glasgow council area
 Hillhead shown within Glasgow
OS grid reference
Council area Glasgow City Council
Lieutenancy area Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G12
Dialling code 0141
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Glasgow North
Glasgow Kelvin
List of places

Hillhead (Scots: Hullheid, Scottish Gaelic: Ceann a' Chnuic)[1] is a district of Glasgow, Scotland. Situated north of Kelvingrove Park and to the south of the River Kelvin, Hillhead is at the heart of Glasgow's fashionable West End, with Byres Road forming the western border of the area, the other boundaries being Dumbarton Road to the south and the River Kelvin to the east and north.

The land was the property of the Gibsons of Hillhead from 1702 until 1862. Plots for housing development were made available by the Gibson family from the 1820s onwards.

Hillhead was an independent Police Burgh from 1869, but as Glasgow grew during the nineteenth century it was first swallowed up physically by the growing city, and then administratively in 1891.

The University of Glasgow is located in the area, having moved from its original site on the High Street to its current Gilmorehill location in 1870. Consequently a great number of students live in the area. Many academics from the University live in the area along with BBC Scotland employees, actors, broadcasters, writers and many students from various universities and teaching hospitals, creating an economically and culturally diverse community.

Other features of Hillhead include Ashton Lane, Western Baths, Hillhead High School, Glasgow Academy (a private school), and the Kelvinbridge, which straddles the River Kelvin which used to form an eastern boundary between Hillhead and Glasgow, until Hillhead's incorporation into the city.

The area is served by Woodlands.

Byres Road is a commercially important district to the city of Glasgow, featuring many of the city's most fashionable and popular independent boutiqes.


  • Churches 1
  • Archives 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The neoclassical colonnaded Wellington Church is located on University Avenue, directly opposite the University. The church is a Category A listed building.


The archives about Hillhead are maintained by the Archives of the University of Glasgow (GUAS).

See also


  1. ^ List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland

External links

  • Hillhead Community Council
  • Hillhead – Origins and History
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