Situated just 11km west of Glasgow city centre, flying into Glasgow Airport is the perfect start to your Scottish adventure. Make sure you arrange your car hire in advance so you can fully explore the region.
Glasgow's Top Attractions
The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is home to a huge number of attractions. Visit the magnificent Glasgow Cathedral or explore The Riverside Museum before heading over to the independent Glasgow Film Theatre for a drink in the bar and a cult movie.
Why not visit Pollok Country Park? This beautiful park is a fantastic place to spend some time outdoors and wander by the river which runs through it. It is also home to the Burrell Collection. The collection is named after Sir William Burrell, the man behind many of the donations. There are over 8,000 pieces in the collection ranging from Chinese and Islamic art to artefacts from ancient civilisations. The collection is one of the largest ever to be created by one person and it is a must-see whilst you are in Glasgow.
If you love the natural environment then be sure to visit Glasgow’s Botanical Gardens. There is an extensive Heritage Trail here, which gives a great feel for everything going on. There are also a number of glasshouses including the famous Kibble Palace designed by John Kibble. It is now home to numerous exotic species and a range of large tree ferns.
Grab some food at the Inn at Kippen. Don’t be fooled by the exterior, this traditional Scottish pub offers some of the best food in the area. There is a friendly atmosphere, which is complemented by an innovative menu, making this a must-visit when you’re hungry.
Day Trips From Glasgow
The location of Glasgow means that there are many diverse areas to explore within a short drive. You can head over to Edinburgh to visit the castle and stroll round the historic streets. Alternatively you can drive north and into the highlands.
Within 30 minutes’ drive of the city centre is Stirling Castle a great place to visit and one of the top attractions in Europe. It is fantastic from the outside and stepping inside the Palace gives you a real taste of how it was to live as royalty in the 1500s. The Castle Exhibition tells the story of the castle from its origins in 840 to the present day. There are numerous other activities on offer here including the Great Hall, the Palace Vaults, and numerous walks in the grounds.
The shores of Loch Lomond lie 30 minutes west of Glasgow. The famous loch is a popular destination for tourists and there are many things to see and do around it. Take a boat cruise to tour some of the 30 islands that are located in the loch, or use your time to fish for salmon or trout. Whatever you choose to do with your time here you’ll leave with the picturesque image of the loch and surrounding countryside in your mind.
If you’re willing to drive further afield, visit the Cairngorms National Park. This is the largest national park in the British Isles and also one of the most beautiful. There are some incredible walks that provide views unlike anywhere else in the UK. There are a range of trails that provide routes for all abilities and there is a huge variety of accommodation and restaurants around the area.