At Hold Fast Entertainment, we take pride in Scotland as it is full of beautiful places, some which can be seen on a day trip from Glasgow.
Glasgow is a beautiful, vibrant city with dynamic offerings. Our great city is thriving with live music, nightlife, museums and shops. Located in West Central Scotland, Glasgow is surrounded by stunning national parks and rugged coastlines and is advantageously close to many beautiful Scottish locations.
If you are visiting Glasgow for a long weekend and wish to explore further afield or simply just want something a little different to do with your weekend off work, we have curated a varied list of Scottish highlights within a few hours drive from Glasgow.
Our Top 10 Day Trips from Glasgow are in order of travel time to make planning your trip that little bit easier. The list includes quaint coastal towns on the East coast; a picturesque Perthshire village; Scottish isles on the West coast; and a rugged peninsula in the Western Scottish borders.
A quaint Scottish city packed with historical attractions, Stirling is bursting with things to do and places to eat. Visiting as one of your day trips from Glasgow is super easy, with the train being your quickest form of transport. However, if you want to explore the surrounding area a bit more, then you might prefer to have a car for the day.
The National Wallace Monument
If you are a fan of the world-famous Braveheart film, the monument is the perfect place to visit. The tower rises above the Abbey Craig, commemorating Sir William Wallace and is open to visit almost every day from 10am – 4pm.
26 mins (Train)
2. Loch Lomond
The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is a Scottish gem, popular for walking, sailing, cycling and camping. There are many options for travel between Balloch and Luss. If you want a change from driving, you an take a ferry or cycle along the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path.
Known as the Gateway to Loch Lomond, Balloch offers a diverse range of activities. Explore the gothic Balloch Castle Country Park, walk along the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. If you are looking for something to excite children then the Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium or the TreeZone Arial Adventure Course would be a good idea to visit.
Depending on how you travelled there will determine how you want to spend your time in Luss. Options include a stroll along the beach; catching a cruise from the pier; or venturing up the Luss Hills for stunning views of Loch Lomond.
25.4 + 6.9 miles
39 + 13 mins
49 + 29 mins (Train)
3. Helensburgh & Rhu
31.8 + 1.4 miles
49 + 6 mins
41 mins (Train) + 11 mins (Bus)
4. Largs & Isle of Cumbrae
Despite the typical Scottish November weather of rain and wind, Largs is a charming seaside town. Located on the West Coast, Largs offers a variety of things to do. Walk along the waterfront and take in the views of the Isles of Cumbrae and Arran. Have lunch in one of the cafes or grab a drink in a local coffee shop. If you are looking for something a little different you can make your way to the Vikingar! Experience where you can learn about Viking history through an interactive tour.
Kelburn Castle and Estate
Next, make your way to Kelburn Castle and Estate to see the home of Lord Glasgow. After spending time admiring the beautiful castle and quirky graffiti, take your pick of walks through the grounds. If you have time, take The Long Glen Walk. The trail will lead you to the top of the glen, past a pretty waterfall and rocky pools.
Isle of Cumbrae
A mere 10 minute ferry ride from Largs, lies the small Isle of Cumbrae. With over 1,000 bicycles to hire, it is widely known as the Bicycle Island. Be sure to cycle the 10.25 miles around the island to experience the incredible views that the isle offers of the West coast of Scotland and the Isles of Bute and Arran.
32.1 + 5 miles
51 mins + 10 mins (Ferry)
55 mins (Train) + 10 mins (Ferry)
Also known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, sits on the River Teith at the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. There are numerous walks including those to the Bracklinn Falls, The Meadows and Callandar Crags.
If you are looking for a physically challenging activity to do do as one of your day trips from Glasgow, then consider climbing the 760m ascent up Ben Ledi, the highest mountain in the nearby national park. It should take around take around 6 hours but be careful to check the weather conditions and necessary precautions before climbing!
1 hr 29 mins (Train)
The beautiful village of Dunkeld lies on the banks of the River Tay, making it an idyllic place to discover. Drive through the lovely grounds of the Dunkeld House Hotel and park your car by the main hotel. Walk down to the river banks and follow the path heading East back into Dunkeld via the beautiful Dunkeld Cathedral. Wander through the main streets, popping into the lovely shops dotted around the High Street. Stop for some lunch at Howies Bistro or dinner at Darjeeling and work your way to the hotel along the river bank.
If you still have some time and wish to see a little more of the area, drive over to The Hermitage on the other side of the A9. Follow the trail along the River Braan to the incredible Black Linn Falls. Gaze up at the huge Douglas Fir trees and take in the fresh air.
1 hr 24 mins
1 hr 44 mins (Train)
7. St. Andrews & Anstruther
A coastal town in Fife, St. Andrews is famous for the prestigious University of St. Andrews and historic buildings. Wander around the charming town and pop into the numerous shops , cafes and restaurants. Walk past the St. Andrews Cathedral to the pier to get a stunning view of the town from the sea or take a stroll along the beach. If you fancy something a bit more active, try your hand at golf on the Old Course at St. Andrews, which is considered the oldest course in the world.
A drive to Anstruther (pronounced ‘Ainster’) is worth it to relax on Shore Street, and look out to the harbour whilst eating award-winning, locally sourced fish and chips. Pop into Anstruther Fish Bar to taste from a variety of incredibly fresh fish, homemade fishcakes and homemade Brattesani Ice Cream.
73 + 9.4 miles
1 hr 39 mins + 16 mins
2 hrs 12 mins (Train to St. Andrews) + 27 mins (Bus to Anstruther)
8. Isle of Bute
The Isle of Bute lies off the West Coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde.
57 mins + 47 mins (Ferry)
59 mins (Train to Skelmorlie) + 47 mins (Ferry)
9. The Rhins of Galloway
In the Southwestern Scottish borders lies the The Rhins of Galloway. The peninsula juts out close to Ireland and boasts many visit-worthy towns.
2 hrs 12 mins
2 hrs 19 mins (Train to Stranraer) + 38 mins (Bus to The Rhins)
10. Isle of Arran
Being the largest isle in the Firth of Clyde, Arran has ample choice of things to do for visitors on day trips from Glasgow!
Looking for the best views on the whole isle? Take a hike and climb to the top of Goat Fell! Peaking 874 metres, this mountain is the highest on the island.
Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park
Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park is Scotland and the UK’s sole island country park.Wander along the halls of the baronial castle, and explore the beautiful grounds and woodlands to look out over Brodick Bay on the East coast of the island.
54 mins to Ardrossan + 1 hr 13 mins (Ferry to Brodick)
38 mins (Train to Ardrossan) + 1 hr 13 mins (Ferry to Brodick)
Depending on where you choose to visit, it could be a long day. However, you may make it back with a little energy to spare. If so, be sure to check out the bustling Glasgow nightlife.
Our two legendary nightclubs in Glasgow, The Garage and Cathouse Rock Club are fully welcoming to tourists. Also functioning as live music venues, each club host hundreds of bands and artists every year. The full gig lists can be found on the Facebook pages of The Garage and Cathouse Rock Club.
Keep posted for our future weekly blogs that focus on Glasgow nightlife, live music and tourism!