Top Day Trips from Glasgow

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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

Experience rugged and mythical Scotland on this 12-hour trip from Glasgow. In a small group, explore the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park and the famous Loch Ness — fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! Visit historic battle sites like Glencoe, Fort Augustus and Stirling Castle, where legendary hero William Wallace commanded an infamous fight against the British. Along the way, enjoy free time for optional cruises or tours.
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

Discover Scotland’s dramatic landscape and even more dramatic history on this full-day tour from Glasgow. In a small group, wind through the Scottish Highlands to Stirling Castle, former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Hear about legendary battles that took place there, then continue on to Doune Castle and Trossachs National Park. Enjoy lunch in charming Aberfoyle, stroll around Loch Lomond and take an optional whisky tour of Glengoyne Distillery.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Glasgow

Discover the best of rural Scotland on this adventurous 5-day tour from Glasgow. Travel into the Trossachs National Park with a guide to Kilmartin Glen, and enjoy uninterrupted views over the iconic Loch Lomond. Explore the pretty coastal town of Oban, admire the soaring peaks of Glen Coe and hop aboard the Jacobite Steam Train for a rail journey to remember! Take the ferry to the Isle of Skye to explore Sligachan and the Trotternish Peninsula. Visit the coastal town of Portree and Corrieshalloch Gorge on route back to Glasgow.
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West Highland Lochs, Glencoe and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

What could be more quintessentially Scottish than lochs and castles? Travel through the photo-worthy West Highlands, visit the haunting glen of Glencoe and stop at Loch Lomond on this day trip from Glasgow by minivan. Numbers are limited to 16 passengers to ensure a more personalized experience with an informative guide, who offers insightful commentary at Kilchurn Castle, Inveraray town, Castle Stalker and more.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle Shore Excursion from Greenock Ocean Terminal

Get the most out of stopping at Greenock Ocean Terminal by going on an action-packed day tour to Loch Lomond and Stirling. You won’t have to worry about your trip being crowded as it'll be a small-group tour. Save time researching and planning an itinerary by having a full schedule planned out for you. You’ll see Stirling Castle, Trossachs National Park, and the beautiful Loch Lomond. You’ll have plenty of free time to shop, eat, and go exploring at each site you visit too.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Ayrshire Coast Day Trip from Glasgow: Robert Burns Country and Culzean Country Park

Leave behind the bustle of Glasgow for a full-day trip to Scotland’s wind-swept Ayrshire Coast. Fans of Robert Burns will revel in the scenic tour through his homeland, soaking up images of the Scottish castles, quaint fishing villages and enchanting wooded areas that inspired the artist’s poems and songs. Stop to wander the trails of Culzean Country Park and spend the afternoon exploring Burns’ hometown of Alloway.
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Glasgow

Explore the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this 3-day tour from Glasgow. Travel through the magnificent Highlands region to the Culloden Battlefield with a guide, and gain insight into the Jacobite Rising. Head along the banks of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle, and take in top attractions such as Eilean Donan Island, Loch Long and the Isle of Skye. Admire fine views over the Cuillin Mountains and visit the harbor town of Portree. Perhaps enjoy a whiskey-tasting tour at a Fort William distillery, then explore Glen Coe.
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Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

Enjoy the wonders of northwest Scotland on a full-day trip through the West Highlands and Oban from Glasgow. With a friendly guide, see some of the world’s most stunning scenery from the rolling hills of coastal Oban to the moors and forests of Trossachs National Park. See landmarks like Kilchurn Castle, visit the villages of Luss and Inveraray, and hear tales of famous Scots such as Robert the Bruce.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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