I often get comments and emails from readers who are coming to Scotland and staying in Glasgow but want to get out of the city for at least a day to see some more of what the country has to offer. Although Glasgow is great and will always be one of my favourite cities in the world, I couldn’t agree more than it’s best to get out of the city for a day (or two!) during a trip and see more of Scotland. After all, Scottish landscapes are some of the most beautiful in the world!
I’ve given it a bit of thought and put together some great ideas for day trips from Glasgow…
1. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs was Scotland’s first ever National Park and is home to some of the most gorgeous scenery in Scotland. It also happens to be just 40 minutes from the city and is easy reached by car or bus.
Head to Loch Lomond Shores where you’ll find a few shops, a visitor centre, the Sea Life centre and a few great cafes with views out over the loch. In summer you can rent pedalos and small boats here, as well as go stand up paddle boarding (which I really want to do!).
If you’ve rented a car this gives you more freedom and you can do and see more on a trip to Loch Lomond. The Loch itself isn’t that huge and you can easily drive all the way around it in a few hours. Stop at scenic spots to take pictures, find a cute cafe for lunch and enjoy being surrounded by nature.
Scotland’s capital city is around 1 hour from Glasgow and is well-connected by road, bus or train. No visit to Scotland would be complete without exploring Edinburgh, so definitely don’t miss it on a trip here.
The city has so much to offer visitors, so if you’re only going to be here for one day it’s best to plan in advance what you’d like to do and see. Wander up to Edinburgh Castle, visit Camera Obscura, stroll down The Royal Mile and explore all that the Old Town of Edinburgh has to offer. Or stick to the modern New Town with boutique stores, glamorous bars and restaurants and oodles of character and charm. Or try to fit in both!
Stirling is another of Scotland’s cities that’s located close to Glasgow – around 40 minutes away by car – and there are various options of how to get there via public transport.
Stirling is home to the magnificent Stirling Castle, Bannockburn Visitor Centre, the Wallace Monument, the historic old town and plenty more things for visitors to check out during a trip to the city. For the best views around walk up to the top of the hill where the Wallace Monument sits proudly overlooking the land. It’s a short, gentle walk up and you will not be disappointed with the views from the top.
4. The Kelpies
Drive just 40 minutes from Glasgow’s city centre and you’ll find yourself at The Kelpies. The Kelpies are the largest equine statues in the world, are made from metal and look pretty spectacular up close. Well worth a visit for some fun pictures!
The Kelpies are also located close to The Falkirk Wheel, meaning you can take in two Scottish tourist attractions in one fell swoop. Perfect!