12 Jun Easy Day Trips From Glasgow
Easy Day Trips From Glasgow
We’re spoilt for choice for things to do in Glasgow but it’s true that a break from the city every once in a while does you good. Luckily, there are a whole host of lochs, mountains and beaches just a short drive from the centre so if you’re feeling up for adventure then hop on a bus or hire a car to experience some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes and coastline.
Most city-dwellers have visited at least once and for tourists it’s a must-see. Less than an hour away from Glasgow, Loch Lomond is a tranquil, open water with breathtaking views of the surrounding Trossach mountain range. Activity options are plentiful with watersport equipment hire available as well as pony-trekking and even quad-biking. If you’re up for a simpler sense of satisfaction then strap on your walking boots, pack a sandwich and head up Ben Lomond to bag your first Munro. It’s a steep climb and beginners may want venture only as far as the base but if you’re feeling fit the views from the summit will be worth it.
For those who want a quieter day Loch Lomond boasts a small shopping strip with restaurants, sea-life centre and cafes too.
Isle Of Bute
This is a trip to make you truly feel like you’re out in the wilds. Bute is a small island just off the west coast of Scotland and is easily reached within a day. The ferry ride provides a 30-minute panorama of coastline and outlying islands and mountains which can be viewed from the comfort of the cabin or, if you’re feeling brave and the sun’s out, up on the deck too. Take your car over for easy access to the Isle’s centre, Rothesay. Head to Mount Stuart House – a stronghold for Scottish Kings of old – and eat at one of the traditional fish and chip shops in the town.
Technically we’re taking you to another city with this one but with a population of just 45,000 compared with Glasgow’s 600,000, it feels a million miles away from the bustle of its bigger sibling. Stirling Castle sits proudly atop this small city and is a fantastic day out for all ages – as one of the largest castles in Scotland there’s plenty to see and do. Keep the history theme going with a visit to Battle of Bannockburn which tells the story of Scotland’s battle for independence through interactive display and, at certain times of the year, large-scale reenactment.
Swimming outside… in Scotland?! Yes, we’re not kidding! Jump in the car or on one of the regular trains and within an hour you could be doing laps in the West Coast’s very own outdoor, heated pool. Enjoy fresh, salt-water swimming with views of the Clyde Estuary to boot. The pool is seasonal so do check times before visiting and be sure to check out their special events including midnight swimming under the stars.