Best Day Trips From Glasgow
We offer private tours from your hotel or wherever you are in Glasgow at a time that suits you. We offer exclusive personal guiding tours and driving services from Glasgow. Our day trips can either be one of our pre-planned tours or a customised tour of Scotland just for you, make your trip from Glasgow unforgettable with Exploring Scotland. All of our day tours, day trips and excursions are private for you and your party, let's explore Your Scotland.
Top-Rated Day Trips Around Scotland From Glasgow
These locations are for visitors to Scotland that in our opinion are first class day trip locations from Glasgow. Plan your adventures with this list of the best day!
Start and End Your Trip in Glasgow
Glasgow is at the heart of Scottish culture, traditional and modern. Glasgow offers the best entertainment in Scotland with its music and nightlife making Glasgow and ideal location for accommodation. This is attracting more visitors to Glasgow but there is plenty to see outside of Glasgow. If travel and culture are what you want from Scotland then Glasgow is the perfect hub for exploring Glasgow and the beauty surrounding areas for day trips. Email us to find out more about our tours from Glasgow.
Day Tours to The Highlands of Scotland
Our one day small group tours from Glasgow allow you to travel Scotland through Loch Lomond (what is a loch?) and the Trossachs National Park to the Highlands, Loch Ness, Glencoe and Oban taking in colossal lochs, historic castles and sweeping glens. Head to Glenfinnan and Mallaig where you can take a one-way trip on the Jacobite Steam Train, one of the world’s most scenic train journeys, which carries you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, also known as the ‘Harry Potter bridge’. Extend any of these tours to two days to include a trip to the Isle of Skye.
Half Day Tours From Glasgow
Half day or full day, we will make sure to pack in as many Instagram-able beauty spots around Scotland. Our half day tours will stop at least 7 of Scotland's natural beauty spots where you will get a sense of Scotland's wilderness. Or go for a full day trip from Glasgow and experience so much more!
In just a short drive outside Scotland's largest city you can see:
Glasgow is perfectly situated for those who want to visit Scotland's most popular tourist attractions. There are a number of destinations within a day trip of Glasgow and Glasgow itself is growing in popularity for tourists which a good sign for those visiting our favourite city. The Scottish Highlands are less than an hour away from the city centre. This beautiful natural scenery starts at Loch Lomond, where many traditional Scottish songs are the focal point and a day trip here will show you why songs are written about Scotland.
Not sure where to tour?
if you are after a day trip from Glasgow but don't know what you want to see then contact us and we will design you a bespoke tour from Glasgow. Just contact us and let us know when you want a tour and we will help you find Your Scotland.
Glasgow Whisky Tour
Create your own opinion of Scotch whisky with our whisky day trips from Glasgow. Travel to some of Scotland's finest distilleries and get a tour at their visitor centre where you will try Highland, Lowland and Islay Scotch whisky.
Day Tours from Glasgow
Visit distilleries from all ages across the central belt of Scotland as well as seeing Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. On this tour, you'll get to visit three distilleries and get a tour of each of them before ending the tour in an infamous Glasgow whisky bar.
Travel along the lesser-known Scottish art trail in one of Scotland's national parks. Observe Scotland's natural beauty as well as the Scottish people's art on the BLiSS trail. Learn of the mythical and unusual inspiration behind these pieces of art.
Hiking Day Trips From Glasgow
Have the best day out with our hiking day tours. We're not like the common coach trip, we keep it personal and make sure it's just you and your party on your trip. On a day tour from Glasgow, we can take you on a trip to the hills surrounding Loch Lomond where we will take a stroll along the banks. Our hiking trips are for all fitness levels and have breathtaking views of lochs, islands and castles. Our hiking day trips from Glasgow are one of the best ways to see Scotland.
Loch Ness from Glasgow
Scotland has over 30,000 lochs and even one lake, but what is more interesting is what mythical creatures exist in our waters. One of our best day trips is to Loch Ness, where the infamous Nessie lives. This full day tour where you will be taking in some of the most breath-taking and dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands, including Glencoe, to the southernly point of Loch Ness. At Fort Augustus you'll hear the historic tales of Urquart Castle and the ancient story of the Loch Ness Monster.
Winter Day Trips From Glasgow
We don't just offer tours through the summer, we offer winter day trips from Glasgow. Much of Scotland is just as beautiful in winter as it is in summer. The snow-capped Scottish Highlands add an extra bit of excitement to the surrounding wilderness on your day tour.
Instagram Day Tours from Glasgow
If you are into photography and want to keep your Insta game strong with selfies and artistic angles? Our day tours and our half day tours take you to the best places to capture the Scottish Highlands for your social media pages. Get a personal experience of Scotland's natural beauty that you can upload and share with all your friends and family to see.
Glencoe Lochan - Glen Coe
Buachaille Etive Mor - Rannoch Moor
Ayrshire, Arran and Islands
Ayrshire is Burns Country where Scotlands world renowned poet Robert Burns lived. This county is rich in history with an abundance of castles and stories by Burns to accompany historical sites. Ayrshire is a gateway to islands such as Arran and Cumbrae and on a clear day you can even see Ireland on the horizon. The Isle of Arran is one of Scotlands largest islands offering music, events and its own highlands with mountains.
Day Tours from Glasgow
Take a day to travel around the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. See the beautiful mountains surrounding the loch and visit the quaint villages that are dotted around the edge of the loch. Perfect for those who want to see the natural beauty of Scotland with no effort.
Highland Instagram Tour
Start in Glasgow and in a day upgrade your Instagram account. This tour covers all the best photography points all the way to Glen Coe. We will show you Scotland's Highlands and its natural beauty as well as well known movie locations.
Visit castles and quaint villages that feature in the well-known TV series Outlander. On this tour around the central belt of Scotland, you'll also learn of the history of these locations. You will be told tales of Mary Queen of Scots when we visit Linlithgow Palace.
What or where are the Scottish Highlands?
To put it simply the Scottish Highlands are the areas of high land in Scotland. Geographically Scotland can be split into Highlands (and islands) and the Lowlands and this split is typically accepted to run from Helensburgh to Stonehaven. It does not have strict boundaries or lots of welcome roads signs, so if you are surrounded by mountains you're most likely in the Scottish Highlands.
Top-Rated Day Trips From Glasgow
Just half an hour from Glasgow by car or train, the city of Stirling is famous as the location of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 - when Robert the Bruce fought and won against the English invaders. Stirling Bridge is another battle site where the infamous William Wallace beat the English to win Scotland its freedom. Just outside Stirling stands The Wallace Monument, a grand tower with 246 steps and breathtaking views of the area, as well as belongs of William Wallace. The beautiful 12th century Stirling Castle, built on a 76m high rugged volcanic plug. This castle has played an important role throughout Scotland's rich history and holds many stories. This castle is open to visitors all year round.
The medieval castle lies just five miles west of the town of Dunblane, and is one of the best-preserved medieval buildings in Scotland. Doune Castle is the home to famous shows such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail and even offers tours narrated by Terry Jones one of the members of Monty Python. The castle has become more known recently for its use in Game of Thrones as Winterfell and Outlander. Built for the First Duke of Albany had a 100-foot wall at the gate to keep him secure over 7 centuries ago. This castle has hosted many famous Scots such as Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots. Doune castle may be new to you in Outlander and TV shows but this definitely not a new story in Scotland's history.
Visit Glencoe with us for an unforgettable trip around the Southern Highlands. Glen Coe offers iconic films locations, the sites of gruesome battles, wildlife in every corner and owe will tell you tales of warriors from centuries ago to the modern-day hiker and everything in between. In keeping with traditional Scottish hospitality we will make sure that you have the opportunity to try local food ensuring that you remain well fed and watered! Glen Coe is under 2 hours drive away from Glasgow making one of the best places to visit for a day trip. The journey to Glen Coe is any but boring and is full of amazing places to stop and take photos.
Can you travel Scotland without visiting Nessie in her home of Loch Ness? The 23-mile-long deep body of water fills the Great Glen making it the largest body of water by volume in the UK. Loch Ness offers boat tours from the southernly tip at Fort Augustus where you can see the rocky shores of Loch Ness from the water. Alternatively, you can drive around the loch by a road nestled in the striking mountains and tumbling waterfalls. This part of the Scottish Highlands is truly beautiful and full of wildlife and if you're brave enough you can even dip your toes in the chilly loch!
Our favourite seaside towns! This could be due to it being the seafood capital of Scotland as well as the gateway to the islands such as Mull, Iona, Skye and the Western Hebrides. In summer this harbour town offers distant views out to sea with multiple islands skimming the horizon making it the perfect place to sit with what we consider the best fish and chips in Scotland. The town itself is picturesque with its own attractions such as McCaig's Tower, a Victorian monument that is Scotland's own colosseum. Just like most attractions in Scotland the journey is part of the tour, with great green glens and winding rivers to keep your eyes peeled open for the everlasting beauty.
those who love mountains, sea and food: a drive to Oban is the perfect trip for you.
On the banks of Loch Ness this is probably the furthest destination we'd recommend for a day trip from Glasgow. This castle ruin is a spectacular sight and adds many chapters to Scotland's history books. Climb Grant Tower to get sweeping views of Loch Ness and the surrounding mountains. Urquart castle is said to be where St. Columba worked his miracles in the 6th century and stood in defiance during the Wars of Independence. Today the castle has a visitors centre with a library of stories and a cafe where you can sit in awe of your surroundings.
Robbie Burns or Rabbie as he is known in Scotland and is our national poet. The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway is a great location to start when learning about Burns and his escapades. Walking around the town of Alloway you can see Burns has left an everlasting memory in this town with streets named after him and his stories. Alloway being Burns birthplace and where he grew up draws much of the inspiration for his poems. From the Auld Alloway Kirk where Tam O'Shanter peered in to watch the ghosts and ghouls dancing to the cottage where he was born, Ayrshire is surrounded by Robbie Burns and his legacy. Want to learn more about Scotland's poet? Check out the VisitScotland website for what Scotland can offer.
Isle of Arran
The lovely Isle of Arran is only an hour away from Ardrossan harbour by ferry. Arran is like a little Scotland hosting magnificent mountains, vast moorland, beautiful beaches, castles from all ages, wildlife, and of course golf. Goatfell is Arran's highest peak and offers fantastic views of the island and the surrounding area. For those who want more of a spiritual visit to Scotland then Arran is the perfect place to start as it offers travel to the near Holy Isle where Buddhist monks live all year round at the monastery. The Isle of Arran is one of the larger islands of Scotland and offers activities for all types of holidays. Other ferries around the island also make Arran a gateway to other remote areas of the Scottish mainland.
Loch Lomond is Scotland's largest loch by area and a strong favourite day trip locations for Glaswegians. In addition to the outstanding natural beauty and romantic beaches that are written in songs, Loch Lomond is a centre for all things water sports. Other sports such as golfing, cycling and hiking are also very popular around Loch Lomond. The tall standing mountain of Ben Lomond is Scotlands most climbed Munro and is a great day out for those who enjoy hiking. For those who enjoy more of the leisurely life, there is also a spa and many different places to dine around the whole Loch. Loch Lomond really has something for everyone and is a great place to visit on a day trip from Glasgow.
Glasgow is one of the friendliest cities in the world and a great place to visit in Scotland. Glasgow is the best hub for seeing the west coast and small islands such as Cumbrae, Arran and Iona.