Days Out in Glasgow

Published on: 23/02/22

Sometimes unfairly overlooked, Scotland’s largest city Glasgow has lots to offer: world-renowned architecture, museums, arts and culture, fantastic shopping from flagship stores and designers to tucked-away treasures, and welcoming hotels, bars and restaurants, from traditional Scottish to coolly modern.

Add to that its legendary music scene with many celebrated independent venues and an exciting calendar of world-class festivals and events, you’ll soon see why it’s been named a UNESCO City of Music. A creative and cultural hub, home to all but one of Scotland's national performing arts organisations, it was named best UK city break 2021 by Condé Nast. Is it time you discovered its secrets?

Once Upon a Whisky

A real tour with a difference, guaranteed to warm you from within! Connecting people, cultures, and whiskies from a different perspective, Once Upon a Whisky tours promise to ignite a desire and passion for all things whisky. You’ll learn in detail how to taste whisky like a pro while discovering some curious facts about the drink. This walking tour takes in 4 of the best whisky venues off the usual tourist beaten track in Glasgow’s historic West End. There, you’ll be guided through tasting 4 premium single malt Scotch whiskies with friendly, professional whisky tasters and historians.

Each of the whiskies during the tour has been strategically selected to offer you a whisky trip across Scotland’s whisky regions without living the city. Putting a refreshing new spin on the traditional concept of whisky tours in Scotland, the focus is on enjoying whisky while learning curious facts and quirky stories about the Scottish national drink, rather than getting bogged down in production minutiae (because, after an evening like this, which are you more likely to remember?!). Scheduled tours run from late afternoon into mid-evening, leaving you to continue your own ‘research’, or private tasting tours can also be booked. Cheers!

City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Glasgow

Visiting a new city can be confusing, even frustrating: how to see the best attractions while not wasting time slogging about, getting lost, or feeling you might be missing out? City Sightseeing Glasgow is the perfect solution, allowing you to view the best of Scotland’s biggest city’s landmarks on a single hop-on hop-off bus tour, riding the entirety of the one-hour loop, or leaping off where you want to take a closer look. The route is carefully planned to pass by 21 of the city's top locations, so you won't miss a thing, and the professional and friendly team are on hand with hints and tips to help you have a great time and enjoy your trip.

Choose a seat on the open top for panoramic views, or in the covered cabin to stay warm, while enjoying the recorded commentary covering highlights including the stunning architecture of George Square and Glasgow Cathedral. With a one or two-day ticket, you have the freedom to hop on and off at any of the many stops at your heart’s content, including the Barras or Merchant City. Indulge your inner culture vulture at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum or the University of Glasgow, or tuck into a traditional afternoon tea in The Willow Tea Rooms, pause to relax on Glasgow Green, before hopping back on board again!

Go Ape Aberfoyle

Just an hour from Glasgow, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is located in Trossachs National Park. It’s a mecca for thrill seekers, adventure lovers and those who just want to have fun near Loch Lomond. With a stunning backdrop of mountain and moorland, forest and woodland, rivers and lochs, Go Ape Aberfoyle boasts a dual course rich in natural highs- as close to zip wire heaven as you can get! Home to two of the longest zips in the UK you’ll be flying over trees and waterfalls with jaw-dropping seasonal views of the hills, valleys and Highlands.

The Treetop Challenge packs a punch with a colossal 323-metre zip thrill before you’ve even tackled the high-rise challenges. Complete the course and your reward is a whopping 45-metre-high, 426-metre-long flight back down to earth. If you like the sound of the zip wires and would rather skip the obstacles in between, their Zip Line Experience may be the activity for you. Cleverly designed to accommodate two exhilarating cross-valley zipwire rides, this intense ‘quick zip fix’ will leave you gasping at the views. If you have the energy, there’s plenty to explore in the rest of the park, including Britain’s largest off-road cycle network, free orienteering trail, red squirrel hides, and forest café; even a campsite if you can’t pack it all into a day!

SUP Arran Paddleboarding

Glasgow makes a great jumping-off point to explore some of the stunning Scottish landscapes, and go wild with outdoor activities. With a wealth of beautiful coastline and islands a hop away, this doesn’t have to mean sticking to the mainland. At SUP Arran Paddleboarding, based on the beautiful Isle of Arran, you have the opportunity to learn new skills, see the coast from a completely new perspective, and get up close to some incredible wildlife.

An ASI accredited school with high safety standards, SUP Arran Paddleboarding run lessons, courses and coastal tours available for both beginner and more experienced levels at various beach locations around the island. Choose from stand up paddle boarding (SUP) lessons, tours, social paddleboarding, and supervised paddleboard hire. With sunset spectacular tours taking in some of the island’s best beaches and scenery, the sun need never set on the fun.

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