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Top Day Trips from Glasgow

By Viator, January 2018

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While Edinburgh may have the touristic edge, Glasgow is fast catching up with the Scottish capital. And thanks to its convenient central location, Scotland’s biggest city makes an excellent jumping-off point for day tours. From misty lochs to rugged valleys, here are our top picks for day trips from Glasgow.

Scottish Highlands — about 16 miles (26 km) away
With its gorgeous glens, majestic peaks, brooding lochs, bluebell woods, and wave-battered cliffs, the Highlands are Scotland at its most dramatic. The region, delineated by the Highland Boundary fault, begins just a 30-minute drive or so from Glasgow and extends all the way to Scotland’s northern tip. Most organized day tours follow routes up the Central and West Highland regions, incorporating Oban, the breathtakingly beautiful valley of Glencoe, the National Heritage Site of Rannoch Moor, and the historic city of Stirling.

Loch Lomond — 33 miles (53 km) away
Though it’s just a 30-minute drive north of Glasgow, peaceful Loch Lomond—part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park—feels a world away. Stroll or cycle around its tranquil shores, or venture out on the water by kayak or on a boat cruise. Tours from Glasgow to Loch Lomond include round-trip transportation as well as stops at historic sites such as Kilchurn Castle, Castle Stalker, and Stirling Castle. For whisky enthusiasts, optional Scotch tastings are available. 

Ayrshire — 43 miles (69 km) away
Take a day trip south of Glasgow to discover Ayrshire, a less-visited region rich in literary heritage. See the village of Alloway, the birthplace of the famous Scottish bard Robert Burns. Explore the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and view the Alloway Auld Kirk (the setting for Burns’ poem Tam o’ Shanter). Nearby are the splendid clifftop Culzean Castle and Culzean Country Park, a scenic spot for an afternoon ramble.

Loch Ness — 157 miles (253 km) away
A few hours’ drive north of Glasgow sits one of Scotland’s most famous natural wonders: Loch Ness. The blue-black waters of this vast loch are said to be the lurking ground for a mysterious aquatic creature, affectionately known as Nessie. Take a boat ride out on the water and explore the evocative lakeside ruins of the 16th-century Urquhart Castle.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow, Glasgow, null
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Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 429 Reviews

Take the high road to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness on a small group day trip from Glasgow. You'll travel through beautiful Glencoe, admire the ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.14
3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Glasgow, Glasgow, Day Trips
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Glasgow

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Discover the best of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this 3 day tour from Glasgow. Visit Eilean Donan Castle, explore the Highlands and Culloden ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $319.91
5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Glasgow, Glasgow, Multi-day Tours
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5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Glasgow

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

This tour takes you to Loch Lomond, Kilmartin Glen, the west coast in Oban, riding the Jacobite Steam Train, over to Skye, through the Highlands, Glen Coe, ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $703.81
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow, Glasgow, Multi-day ... 
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 177 Reviews

Travel to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond in style and enjoy a wee dram of whisky on a small-group tour from Glasgow. With a maximum group size of 16 ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.76
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow, Glasgow, Day Trips
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Take a journey from the city to the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. Enjoy a full day exploring the Scottish Highlands, taking in the atmospheric scenery of ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.19
West Highland Lochs, Glencoe and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow, Glasgow, Day Trips
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West Highland Lochs, Glencoe and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 89 Reviews

What could be more quintessentially Scottish than lochs and castles? You'll travel through the picturesque highlands passing through the haunting Glencoe and ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.45
Oban, Glencoe and West Highland Castles Day Trip from Glasgow, Glasgow, Day Trips
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Oban, Glencoe and West Highland Castles Day Trip from Glasgow

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Experience the natural beauty of the West Highlands, with lochs, scenic mountains and ancient castles. Visit Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, see haunting ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.87
Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Tour from Glasgow, Glasgow, Day Trips
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Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Tour from Glasgow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Upon leaving Glasgow you will visit the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond where you can take a lovely 1 hour cruise across its waters, or you can pay a visit ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.19
Doune Castle, Trossachs National Park, and Loch Lomond Day Trip from Glasgow, Glasgow, Day Trips
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Doune Castle, Trossachs National Park, and Loch Lomond Day Trip from Glasgow

This tour allows you the opportunity to see a bit of everything, starting with a Glasgow panoramic tour, moving to a short stop in the Georgian city centre, ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $710.92
Full-day Private Edinburgh Tour from Glasgow, Glasgow, Day Trips
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Full-day Private Edinburgh Tour from Glasgow

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Edinburgh has been the Capital of Scotland since the 15th Century and stands proudly on seven hills, creating the dramatic skyline of this lively cosmopolitan ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $662.57

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