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While Edinburgh may have the touristic edge, Glasgow is fast catching up with the Scottish capital. And thanks to its convenient central location, Scotland’s biggest city makes an excellent jumping-off point for day tours. From misty lochs to rugged valleys, here are our top picks for day trips from Glasgow.

Scottish Highlands — about 16 miles (26 km) away
With its gorgeous glens, majestic peaks, brooding lochs, bluebell woods, and wave-battered cliffs, the Highlands are Scotland at its most dramatic. The region, delineated by the Highland Boundary fault, begins just a 30-minute drive or so from Glasgow and extends all the way to Scotland’s northern tip. Most organized day tours follow routes up the Central and West Highland regions, incorporating Oban, the breathtakingly beautiful valley of Glencoe, the National Heritage Site of Rannoch Moor, and the historic city of Stirling.

Loch Lomond — 33 miles (53 km) away
Though it’s just a 30-minute drive north of Glasgow, peaceful Loch Lomond—part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park—feels a world away. Stroll or cycle around its tranquil shores, or venture out on the water by kayak or on a boat cruise. Tours from Glasgow to Loch Lomond include round-trip transportation as well as stops at historic sites such as Kilchurn Castle, Castle Stalker, and Stirling Castle. For whisky enthusiasts, optional Scotch tastings are available. 

Ayrshire — 43 miles (69 km) away
Take a day trip south of Glasgow to discover Ayrshire, a less-visited region rich in literary heritage. See the village of Alloway, the birthplace of the famous Scottish bard Robert Burns. Explore the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and view the Alloway Auld Kirk (the setting for Burns’ poem Tam o’ Shanter). Nearby are the splendid clifftop Culzean Castle and Culzean Country Park, a scenic spot for an afternoon ramble.

Loch Ness — 157 miles (253 km) away
A few hours’ drive north of Glasgow sits one of Scotland’s most famous natural wonders: Loch Ness. The blue-black waters of this vast loch are said to be the lurking ground for a mysterious aquatic creature, affectionately known as Nessie. Take a boat ride out on the water and explore the evocative lakeside ruins of the 16th-century Urquhart Castle.
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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Experience rugged and mythical Scotland on this full-day trip from Glasgow. In a small group, explore the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park and the famous Loch Ness—fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie. Visit historic battle sites like Glencoe, Fort Augustus, and Stirling Castle, where legendary hero William Wallace commanded an infamous fight against the British. Along the way, enjoy free time for optional cruises or tours.
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  • 12 hours
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Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
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Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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What could be more quintessentially Scottish than lochs and castles? Travel through the photo-worthy West Highlands, visit the haunting glen of Glencoe and stop at Loch Lomond on this day trip from Glasgow by Mercedes minivan. Numbers are limited to 16 passengers to ensure a more personalized experience with an informative guide, who offers insightful commentary at Kilchurn Castle, Inveraray town, Castle Stalker and more.
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  • 10 hours
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Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow
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Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

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Explore Loch Ness, Glen Coe and the Highlands on this day trip from Glasgow. Visit Loch Lomond with a guide and enjoy spectacular views over the Scottish Highlands. Travel into Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe — widely considered to be Scotland’s most beautiful glen. Pass beneath Ben Nevis on route through the Great Glen. Take in Fort Augustus and Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness, and enjoy an optional cruise or castle visit. Journey onward to Inverness — the Highlands’ iconic capital — then return via the Grampian Mountains to Glasgow.
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  • 12 hours 15 minutes
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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Discover Scotland’s dramatic landscape and even more dramatic history on this full-day tour from Glasgow. In a small group, wind through the Scottish Highlands to Stirling Castle, former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Hear about legendary battles that took place there, then continue on to Doune Castle and Trossachs National Park. Stroll around Loch Lomond and take an optional whisky tour of Glengoyne Distillery.
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  • 9 hours
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Outlander Adventure Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow

Outlander Adventure Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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Outlander locations are widely spread around Scotland but this guided tour allows you to visit many without the hassle of driving or puzzling over train and bus timetables. See castles and ancient villages made famous by the Outlander series and discover why the real locations are as exciting as the show itself.
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  • 9 hours
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Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Stirling Castle from Glasgow
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Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Stirling Castle from Glasgow

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Explore the beautiful Trossachs National Park on this Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle tour from Glasgow. Head into the Scottish Highlands with a guide and enjoy an optional cruise on peaceful Loch Lomond. Alternatively, explore the village of Luss at your leisure. Then, travel through the Trossachs National Park to Aberfoyle — where Rob Roy MacGregor made his name. Visit Stirling Castle (own expense), widely considered among Scotland’s most important fortresses, and gain insight into Scotland’s rich history. Admire fine views from the castle walls, then return to Glasgow.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Glencoe Adventure from Glasgow
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Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Glencoe Adventure from Glasgow

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Exploring the Highlands is a must-do for any visitor to Scotland but, without your own transportation, getting around can be tricky. This guided tour makes sure that you don't waste precious time and energy on figuring out bus and train timetables. Departing Glasgow, you'll head north for atmospheric Glencoe, the Glenfinnan Viaduct, (famed for the 'Hogwarts Express' steam train), Fort William, Mallaig and the little Loch Lomond village of Luss.
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  • 12 hours 15 minutes
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Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles from Glasgow
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Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles from Glasgow

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Marvel at the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands on this Oban, Glen Coe and West Highland castles day trip from Glasgow. Visit the 18th-century town of Inveraray with a guide and learn of Scotland’s ancient history. Enjoy fine views over Loch Fyne on your journey to Kilchurn Castle and Loch Awe, then visit Oban — gateway to the Western Isles. Admire 15th-century Castle Stalker on route through Glen Coe, and travel across Rannoch Moor to Loch Lomond. Stroll along the shoreline for panoramic lake views, then return to Glasgow.
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  • 9 hours 45 minutes
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City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Go Glasgow sightseeing by open-top double-decker bus on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. Discover the lively, cosmopolitan city at your own pace; listen to recorded commentary and hop off at several strategically placed stops to explore Glasgow. Bus tickets are valid for one or two consecutive calendar days.
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  • 1 hour
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Glasgow Afternoon Tea Experience
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Glasgow Afternoon Tea Experience

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Board a vintage bus for a driving tour of Glasgow complete with afternoon tea. See the city’s top attractions including the West End and Glasgow University while snacking on sandwiches, scones, and cupcakes. Sip tea, coffee, or wine as the bus rolls through the streets of Glasgow. Several departure times allow you to explore the city on your own schedule.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour

Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour

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Maximize time in Glasgow with a city center walking tour. Visit top landmarks such as George Square, Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis, and the People’s Palace. The itinerary also includes off the beaten path attractions like the Barrowlands Walkway. Learn about Glasgow’s history and culture from a local guide and get recommendations for what to see and do in the city after the tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Culzean Castle, Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

Culzean Castle, Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

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Leave behind the bustle of Glasgow for a full-day trip to Scotland’s wind-swept Ayrshire Coast. Fans of Robert Burns can revel in the scenic tour through his homeland, soaking up images of the Scottish castles, quaint fishing villages, and enchanting wooded areas that inspired the artist’s poems and songs. Stop to wander the trails of Culzean Country Park and spend the afternoon exploring Burns’ hometown of Alloway.
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  • 8 hours
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Glasgow Street Art Walking Tour

Glasgow Street Art Walking Tour

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Art enthusiasts hoping for a cultural experience beyond the traditional gallery setting shouldn't miss this Glasgow street art excursion showcasing the city's intriguing urban artists. Follow your guide through alleys and beneath bridges to discover Glasgow's public murals and hidden artistic gems. As you go, you can learn about the city's artists, uncover Glasgow's culture and creative industries, and see the Glasgow School of Art.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes
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Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

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Enjoy the wonders of northwest Scotland on a full-day trip through the West Highlands and Oban from Glasgow. With a friendly guide, see some of the world’s most stunning scenery from the rolling hills of coastal Oban to the moors and forests of Trossachs National Park. See landmarks like Kilchurn Castle, visit the villages of Luss and Inveraray, and hear tales of famous Scots such as Robert the Bruce.
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  • 9 hours
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Glasgow Ghost Hunt: City Center Exploration Game

Glasgow Ghost Hunt: City Center Exploration Game

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For a ghastly sightseeing quest with a gamified twist, don't miss this Glasgow sightseeing adventure where you solve clues while exploring some of the most haunted destinations in the city. Using your smartphone to navigate, you unlock stories and solve different clues as you adventure across the city. You can walk haunted streets, visit the Lighthouse, George Square, Merchant City, and more, and follow your helpful app as you go.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Isle of Skye, The Highlands and Loch Ness - 3 Day Tour from Glasgow

Isle of Skye, The Highlands and Loch Ness - 3 Day Tour from Glasgow

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Ticking off attractions in mountainous Scotland can be difficult on a self-led tour. Discover Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, and the Scottish Highlands on a 3-day tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh, with convenient round-trip transfer by air-conditioned coach. Customize your journey to suit you with the option to book with or without accommodation, and gain insight into the historic region from your guide’s commentary.
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Whisky Distillery Trifecta - Macallan - Glenfiddich - Glenlivet - Private Tour

Whisky Distillery Trifecta - Macallan - Glenfiddich - Glenlivet - Private Tour

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Visit three whisky distilleries in one day without the hassle of designating a driver or navigating public transport. This private tour is exclusively for your party so you'll enjoy a personalized experience as your guide drives you to the Glenlivet, Glenfiddich and Macallan distilleries where you will enjoy tastings and insights into the world of Scotch.
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  • 12 hours
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Inverary Castle & Loch Lomond Tour
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Inverary Castle & Loch Lomond Tour

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See one of Scotland’s most impressive castles—an ideal tour if you love all things Scottish, historic and grand! Tour the castle and see its grounds, and then take a trip to Inveraray town to see its historic buildings and shoreline along Loch Fyne. Travel from Inveraray to the Trossachs and explore the wild scenery of the national park and the serene waters of Loch Lomond. Additional loch cruise can be added to your tour.
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  • 8 hours
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Outlander Day Tour
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Outlander Day Tour

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This tour will allow individuals to walk in the steps of Jamie and Claire at some of the infamous locations listed. Your experienced driver drove crew and extras of Outlander during filming and his name is also in the credits of a couple of the episodes in Season 2.
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  • 8 hours
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Loch Lomond, Cruise & Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow
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Loch Lomond, Cruise & Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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If there are two things this wee country is good at, it’s beautiful lochs and wonderful whiskies. So, on this short day trip from central Glasgow, you venture to a couple of the finest examples of what makes Scotland great. You explore Loch Lomond, a body of water that’s attracted poets, warriors, and travellers for hundreds of years. And you visit Clydeside Whisky Distillery where you can learn how pure Highland water is transformed into tasty, honey-coloured whisky. Hop aboard this tour and discover two of Scotland’s national treasures. Compare the timeless beauty of Loch Lomond with the state-of-the-art Clydeside Distillery on this tour from Glasgow.
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  • 8 hours
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Scottish Whisky Distillery Tour
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Scottish Whisky Distillery Tour

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Travel from Glasgow to 3 different distilleries, and learn about what it takes to make a perfect-tasting whisky. You will visit a combination of distilleries who make whisky in the Highlands or Lowlands regions of Scotland, crafting luxury spirits with local barley and spring water. Taste how each whisky is different, and hear about the history of Scotland’s national drink.
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  • 8 hours
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Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban and Inveraray Day Trip from Glasgow

Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban and Inveraray Day Trip from Glasgow

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Leave the city behind and discover some of the gems in Scotland’s crown on this Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban and Inveraray day trip from Glasgow. Visit Inveraray and the conservation village of Luss with your guide, and enjoy panoramic views over Loch Lomond’s tranquil waters. Travel deep into the Highlands and take in top attractions including Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle. Gain insight into the Wars of Scottish Independence, explore the Victorian seaside town of Oban and gaze over the isles of Mull and Kerrera from McCaig's Tower.
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  • 8 hours 27 minutes
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GREENOCK (GLASGOW) SHORE EXCURSION: Scotland Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip Tour

GREENOCK (GLASGOW) SHORE EXCURSION: Scotland Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip Tour

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Make the most of your time on Scottish land by booking this Scottish shore excursion. Departing from the cruise terminal, your tour takes you to see three castles, the famed "bonnie banks" of Loch Lomond, the village of Luss, Inveraray, and more, all while learning about Scotland's dramatic history and rich culture.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Outlander Tour

Outlander Tour

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Outlander is a massive worldwide show, huge production, loved by millions the whole world over, and filmed and shot on location here in Scotland at some of the most stunning and historic venues we have. So why don’t you book your exclusive, private and luxurious (in name but not in price) Outlander tour with us, and revel in making the show come to life. The tour is exclusively for you and your party and not shared with anyone else. It is designed to be enjoyed by between 1 to 7 people with your very own guide who will not only enthral you with your Outlander tour but will also introduce you to other wonderful sights and stories as you travel through our beautiful country here in Scotland. We have listed only some of the most popular Outlander destinations, but you can choose others. Our tours are either ½ day (4hrs), full day (8hrs), or multi day tours. We will pick you up from wherever you are (at the dock if you are off a cruise ship, at your hotel, guesthouse, holiday cottage..
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  • 8 hours
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