The Glasgow Lanes are a series of access and service routes that run parallel to the major thoroughfares in the city. Sauchiehall Lane runs parallel to Sauchiehall Street (to the North) and Bath Street (to the South), from West Nile Street (in the West) towards the M8, with a continuous seven-block stretch from West Campbell Street onwards.
The area of Glasgow containing Sauchiehall Lane dates from the mid-19th Century and the surrounding area contains a mixture of commercial and residential properties from that period and later.
The Lanes area has been proposed for redevelopment and, in December 2016, Glasgow City Council produced a draft Lane Strategy for public consultation. This was approved in March 2018. The Strategy includes an emphasis on the retention of the area’s historic features and provision of new spaces for art installations. Action projects for Sauchiehall Lane are focused on heritage (to the East) and entertainment/evening economy (to the West).
The Recording Scotland’s graffiti project has identified ‘throw ups’ at the corner of Blytheswood Street and Sauchiehall Lane that are recognised by the graffiti community as being part of their heritage (for additional information see Canmore).
There are two murals in the Lane that are included in Glasgow’s City Mural Trail: ‘The Musician’, created by Rogue One and Art Pistol in 2016, is between Wellington and Hope Streets, and ‘The Lost Giant’, created by Australian artist Stormie Mills in 2017, is at the corner of Sauchiehall Lane and Elmbank Street, on the wall of The Griffin pub.