Get a taste of Scotland’s gorgeous west coast islands and hop on the train from Glasgow to Ardrossan Harbour (45minutes). From here you can catch the ferry to the Isle of Arran (55 minutes). The island is sometimes described as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ due to its combination of both mountainous and lowland scenery.
Just a short rail journey from Glasgow and you can reach the beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, a National Park. Hike in the hills or stroll along the lakeshore peppered with pretty villages.
The nearby town of Falkirk (30 minutes’ drive or 20 minutes by train from Glasgow) has lots of attractions. There’s the famous Kelpies – a massive sculpture of the mystical horses. The Falkirk Wheel is one of only 2 boat lifts in the UK and an impressive feat of engineering.
Stirling (38 minutes’ drive or around 30 minutes by train from Glasgow) is a small city clustered around a fortress and medieval old town just waiting to be explored.
At the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum you can soak up the literary atmosphere among the collection of his works before exploring Burns Cottage where the poet was born. It’s around 40 minutes’ drive from Glasgow, and also accessible by train and bus.
Stretch those legs on the Kelvin Walkway, which extends the long-distance trail the West Highland Way south to the centre of Glasgow. The route follows, as much as possible, the 3 rivers of Allander, Kelvin and Clyde.
You can join a Michelin-starred chef for a day; Ian McAndrew hosts a ‘chef for a day’ experiences at Blackaddie House 1 hour 30 minutes south of Glasgow.
The Clachan Inn is officially the oldest pub in Scotland with its licence first registered in 1734. And today the food is famously good. The pub is located in the village of Drymen, 45 minutes north of Glasgow by car.