What are the top day trips from Glasgow?
Glasgow is a beautiful city with tons of great things to see and do. However, it can be quite difficult to leave the city when you’re trying to plan a day trip. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the hard work for you and compiled five of our favourite places that are within driving distance from Glasgow. So sit back and relax as we take you on a tour of Scotland’s best attractions!
Loch Lomond, a large freshwater loch in Scotland, is located in the West Central Lowlands. The loch extends for 26 miles (42 kilometres) and has an average width of nearly 1 mile (1.6 kilometres). The largest body of water in Scotland by surface area and volume, Loch Lomond drains into the Firth of Clyde via two major rivers: the Leven and the River Kelvin.
Loch Lomond is also home to several islands: Inchmurrin Island (also called Temple Island), Inchtavannach/Inveruglas Island (a small island near Inchmurrin with ruins from medieval times), Easdale Island (formerly known as Muirshiel), Cauldhame Isle and many more small islands surround Loch Lomond on its western shoreline
Culzean Castle and Country Park is a country house built by the Kennedy family in Ayrshire, Scotland. The castle was designed by architect Robert Adam and it’s located on the west coast of Scotland, near Maybole.
The site has been occupied since Roman times and an 11th-century watchtower (the West Tower) still remains at Culzean Castle today.
Culzean Castle is open to visitors all year round; however, tickets must be purchased in advance before visiting during peak season (March – October).
Dumbarton Castle is located on the banks of the River Clyde, just a short drive from Glasgow. This historic stronghold was built in the 14th century and is one of Scotland’s most important castles. It was home to Mary, Queen of Scots for a time during her imprisonment.
There are many attractions at Dumbarton Castle including a museum, cafe and gift shop. The grounds also feature trails that are perfect for a relaxing stroll or picnic with family and friends.
The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Falkirk, Scotland. It is the world’s only rotating boat lift, and it is the only boat lift in the United Kingdom. There are no other boat lifts on any continent except Europe; this may be because they’re not very efficient.
The magnificent and imposing Stirling Castle is a major tourist attraction in Scotland and has been for centuries. It was built on a rocky outcrop above the River Forth, just south of the town of Stirling. The castle has been used as a filming location for several films and TV shows, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), The Princess Bride (1987), Rob Roy (1995) and Braveheart (1995).
Stirling Castle is surrounded by an attractive town with shops, cafes and restaurants. It’s also very popular as a wedding venue – you may wish to avoid visiting at weekends during peak season if you’re not interested in being part of other people’s celebrations!
Take a day trip from Glasgow to check out these top five places in Scotland.
- Loch Lomond
- Culzean Castle and Country Park
- Dumbarton Castle
- Falkirk Wheel
- Stirling Castle
Scotland is the perfect place for an adventure. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day trip or an action-packed adventure, there are plenty of options to choose from. We hope this list has helped you plan your next vacation!