From Rambles Round Glasgow, by Hugh Macdonald, 1880:
The village of Partick is romantically situated on the banks of the Kelvin.
Partick altogether has a pleasant half-rural aspect, while the reputed salubrity of its air and its vicinity to the city has rendered it a favourite place of resort on holidays, and on long summer evenings, with certain classes of our citizens … the inhabitants generally have an appearance of robust health, which contrasts favourably with that of our urban population.Leaving Partick by what is called the Byres Road, we now proceed in a northerly direction, for a distance of about a mile, during which nothing calling for special remark comes within our observation, until we arrive at the Great Western Road. The village of Maryhill is in the immediate vicinity of the [canal], from which it is seen in its most favourable aspect. Being nearly, if not altogether, of modern erection, the village has a clean and tidy appearance, and is arranged with considerable regularity.
The village itself presents few attractions to the rambler, but the country in its neighbourhood, especially along the valley of the Kelvin, is characterised by a more than ordinary degree of beauty.