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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

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.75
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Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

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
  • Free Cancellation
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Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles from Glasgow

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Glasgow

Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies 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
  • Free Cancellation
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Outlander Day Tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh

Outlander Day Tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh

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See the Scotland of the hit television series 'Outlander' on this full-day tour through the countryside. With a driver-guide, you'll visit sites used for Lallybroch (Midhope Castle), Fort William (Blackness Castle), Crainsmuir (Culross), and Castle Leoch (Doune Castle). When booking, select pickup from Glasgow or just outside Edinburgh.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.26
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The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from Glasgow

The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from Glasgow

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Leave Glasgow behind and feel like you are spending the day with the Frasers in the 17th century. Visit various locations used for filming scenes in the Outlander series and learn where fact and fiction meet and diverge. Stops include Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Culross (Claire’s herb garden), Mercat Cross (Cranesmuir), Blackness Castle (Fort William) and several others. There will also be stops at important landmarks of interest to fans of Scottish history.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.52
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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
  • Free Cancellation
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Stirling Castle The Trossachs & Loch Lomond

Stirling Castle The Trossachs & Loch Lomond

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This is truly the best sightseeing tour fitting in so many things in one day giving you the most time to see Scotland.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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This is a Sightseeing tour the way it should be done! Enjoy a real Scotland Adventure BusyBus style where your driver guide will show you sights off the beaten track with real passion and delight. After all, they enjoy their tour almost as much as you will!
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.07
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Highland Tour

Highland Tour

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In this experience we will travel from Glasgow to Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands. Along the way we will stop at all the perfect Instagram stops which include Loch Lomond, Falls of Falloch, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe and more! Come strengthen your Instagram game!
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$203.07
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Highlights of Scotland Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

Highlights of Scotland Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

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Avoid the hassle of organizing car rental in Scotland, and opt for a more luxurious and stress-free alternative—a bespoke luxury excursion with a chauffeur. No need to waste time going to sights that don’t interest you—customize the itinerary based on your interests, or ask for expert advice on the ideal custom route. Potential itineraries including the Highlands and National Parks, a Whisky Distillery tour, the Scottish Lochs, or Castles and Palaces such as Stirling Castle.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$866.44
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Stirling Castle, Trossachs, Loch Lomond and Whisky Tour

Stirling Castle, Trossachs, Loch Lomond and Whisky Tour

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Explore Scotland’s rich history and spectacular natural scenery on this Stirling Castle and Trossachs National Park tour from Glasgow. With round-trip transportation from central Glasgow included, spin into the Scottish Highlands with your guide at the wheel. Enjoy free time to explore 15th-century Stirling Castle at your leisure, sip fine Scottish whiskey at the famous Auchentoshan Distillery, and admire uninterrupted views over the serene waters of Loch Lomond.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.54
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Full-Day Loch Ness Glencoe and the Highlands Tour from Glasgow

Full-Day Loch Ness Glencoe and the Highlands Tour from Glasgow

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Visit Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands on this one day tour from Glasgow. Departing Glasgow you'll have the opportunity to enjoy morning refreshments and take some great photos at Loch Lomond. Your tour will then continue through the desolate Rannoch Moor, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. We will stop for photographs in Glencoe which has very dramatic scenery and a dark past. Travelling through Fort William with Ben Nevis looming overhead, you will follow the Great Glen Canal on it’s journey to Fort Augustus at the southern top of Loch Ness. You’ll have time to enjoy some lunch here and explore the town.You can then choose to purchase tickets for a 1 hour monster spotting cruise on the loch, you may even see Nessie!. We'll travel through Inverness and the Cairngorms National Park before reaching our final refreshment stop in the Victorian town of Pitlochry. After some time there we continue back to Glasgow.
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  • 11 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.57
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Stirling Castle & Loch Day Tour

Stirling Castle & Loch Day Tour

On arrival at Stirling, you will have a visit to the Castle which would take around an hour and a half. After which we will travel westerly towards Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with a comfort stop at Kilmahog where you might have the opportunity to meet a Highland Cow family, and will have some time to buy Scottish souvenirs.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.41
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Inverary Castle & Loch Lomond Tour

Inverary Castle & Loch Lomond Tour

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On arrival at Inveraray you will have the opportunity to take a tour of Inveraray Castle. You may also wish to undertake a tour of Inverary Jail. You will have time to have lunch at Inveraray, wander the village and even take a walk along the shore line. There is also a Woollen Mill which you can visit. We will then head towards Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, we will stop at Luss which has a beautiful church. Time permitting you may wish to take a cruise on Loch Lomond which take approx 1 hour. There will be plenty of opportunities to buy souvenirs along the way.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.06
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Outlander Season 2 Day Tour from Glasgow and Edinburgh

Outlander Season 2 Day Tour from Glasgow and Edinburgh

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Step into the world of Outlander’s second season as this tour visits some shooting locations from Claire and Jamie’s adventures in Scotland and France. Visit Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison) to start. Next is Hopetoun House, the Duke of Sandringham’s season one home, and the set for the Paris apartments. Next a stop in Falkirk where the Duke met his end before the last stop at Drummond Castle Estate (the gardens of Versailles.)
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$101.54
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Outlander Day Tour

Outlander Day Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.41
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Be Enchanted by the Breathtaking Scenery of the Scottish Highlands

Be Enchanted by the Breathtaking Scenery of the Scottish Highlands

This is a very relaxed tour with a friendly atmosphere and a small group, exploring the Highlands of Scotland like you have never seen it before. An afternoon filled with magic, amazing landscapes, surrounded by enthralling scenery, lush hills and majestic mountains, deep blue lakes and every possible colour that Mother Nature can offer. The tour is aimed at tourists who would like to visit the Highlands with a small group of people, more like a family friendly atmosphere, or a group of friends having an afternoon escape into nature and the outdoors, breathing in the fresh air that the Highlands has to offer and taking the most amazing photos of the Scottish Highlands, that will always remind them of their visit to this charming place.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$222.28
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The Braveheart Tour - Private Tour with Guide

The Braveheart Tour - Private Tour with Guide

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This tour is unique as it's very informal and luxurious. How long travellers want to spend at each attraction is up to them. The vehicle is also a very comfortable Mercedes Benz Viano with privacy glass free bottled water and DVD player in the back. The vehicle can carry up to seven passengers in complete comfort.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$324.92
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