Experience the Best Day Trips and Day Tours from Glasgow
Select spectacular one day tours from Glasgow, private guided (for up to 8 people), with pickups in and around this vibrant city of culture for your small group. Centrally located in Scotland, Glasgow is the gateway to so many traditional sightseeing attractions and great days out.
A plethora of places to visit. Explore ancient castles and medieval cathedrals, world famous whisky distilleries, scenic lochs, rugged mountains and seaside resorts, all reachable in a one day tour from Glasgow. Some of the most stunning views and best trips are only a short distance away.
Private One Day Trips from Glasgow
Day Tours from Glasgow
- Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
- Loch Lomond
- Highland Fling One day tour
- Mount Stuart House
- Whisky Day Tours
- Puck’s Glen Hiking Adventure
- Land of Burns & Culzean Castle
- Outlander Tour
- Braveheart Tour
- Scone Palace Day Tour
- Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel
- Tailor make your ideal one day itinerary
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Day Tour
Explore one of Scotland’s largest and most important castles on our most popular day tour from Glasgow. The historic Stirling Castle dominates the skyline, perched majestically atop a volcanic crag. Listen to fascinating stories about the Stuart Monarchy, Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Mary, Queen of Scots, as you meander through the cobblestones of this iconic castle on your guided day tour.
After lunch, sit back and enjoy scenic Scotland at its best, touring through the tantalising Trossachs National Park. Admire the majestic mountains and glistening lochs as we journey through the National Park to the ‘Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond’.
Loch Lomond Private Day Trip from Glasgow
Enjoy one of our more leisurely scenic one day trips from Glasgow to Loch Lomond. Absorb the beautiful scenery as we drive north to the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond. On the south shores near Balloch, you can visit the Maid of the Loch (the very last paddle steamer to be built in Britain). Nearby, you can step aboard one of the many cruises, sail up the loch and capture photos of beautiful landscapes with the stunning backdrop of the spectacular Ben Lomond.
Highland Fling One Day Experience
Experience a mystical, magical one day highland tour from the city of Glasgow. This truly spectacular scenic adventure transports you to the beautiful, scenic conservation village of Luss on the western shore of Loch Lomond, approximately 26 miles north west from the city. Leaving the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond behind, you will be driven through the awe inspiring Arrochar Alps, stopping at the well renowned Rest and be Thankful viewpoint for photographic opportunities. As we tour through the highlands, passing great sea lochs, such as Loch Long and Loch Fyne, famous for their oysters and shellfish, we arrive at the very popular sightseeing Highland town of Inveraray. A perfect Highland retreat, where you will have the option to either shop in the lovely Georgian boutique shops, have a spot of lunch at the recommended George Hotel established in 1860, visit the neo Gothic Inveraray Castle home to the Duke of Argyll (Chief of Clan Campbell), or enjoy a walk through Inveraray Jail museum which is lots of fun for all the family. There is something here to please everyone of all ages.
Departing from Inveraray early afternoon, we will head further north to Loch Awe, where you will get the opportunity to capture some amazing photographic views of the ruined Kilchurn Castle, powerbase of the Campbells of Glenorchy. Soak up the scintillating scenery as we travel south, on the journey back to Glasgow, touring the full 24 miles of Loch Lomond, with an optional refreshment stop at the reputedly haunted, iconic Drovers Inn (established 1705).
Magnificent Mount Stuart House One Day Tour Experience
Step into a fantasy world of magnificent neo-gothic architectural delight. Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, the ancestral home of the seventh Marquess of Bute, is only 33 miles from Glasgow, and can be accessed on a fantastic day tour from the city. This Victorian masterpiece is set amid 300 acres of a labyrinth of gardens and lush woodland. Gaze upon the twelve signs of the zodiac in the majestic Marble Hall, admire the spectacular Marble Chapel and observe the fascinating astrological painted ceiling in the Horoscope Room. Mount Stuart is arguably the finest and most extraordinary piece of domestic architecture in Britain, inspired by history, astrology, art and mythology.
Exclusive Whisky Day Tours from Glasgow
Whet your appetite for Scotland’s national tipple, with a tremendous Whisky Tour experience from the city of Glasgow.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city on a spiritual whisky trail. You can enjoy 3 whisky distillery visits on a full day tour from Glasgow. Discover the triple distilled process on a guided tour at Auchentoshan, less than a 30 minute drive from the city centre. Sample some fine Scotch Highland Whisky at Glengoyne, often described as ‘Scotland’s most beautiful distillery’, by the connoisseurs of our amber nectar. In the afternoon, following a delightful pub lunch, we will continue on to Deanston, situated in an old cotton mill beside the River Teith in Perthshire.
A fantastic whisky experience for those who want to discover the secrets of how this world renowned tipple is produced, or for the whisky collector/enthusiast to tick off their ‘must sees’ whilst in Scotland. Whatever has made you desire to come with us on this marvellous day trip, we know you will not be disappointed.
‘Puck’s Glen’ Wondrous, Woodland Hiking Adventure from Glasgow
Join us on an amazing Scottish adventure to Puck’s Glen, on the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll. Arguably one of Scotland’s most enchanting and magical forest walks. Beware of the legendary local fairies Poca Ban and Ghillie Dhu, as we navigate through the winding woodland gorge.
Absorb the beautiful scenery on the Clyde estuary, as we travel west to Gourock on a 40 minute journey from Glasgow, where we will embark on a short ferry crossing to Hunters Quay near Dunoon. You will be mesmerised by mother nature’s natural landscape depicting the Kyles of Bute. Once you depart the ferry terminal, your Puck’s Glen adventure is only a 6 mile drive from the port.
This spectacular day tour from Glasgow, promises fabulous photographic opportunities aplenty, and many stunning views which will remain in your memory long after you return home.
Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of city life in Glasgow, join us on this fairy glen adventure, traversing over the criss cross bridges, which arch over the sparkling clear rivers. Gaze in awe at the wonderful cascading waterfalls that conceal some wee nooks and crannies. Inhale the pure crisp air with the heady woody scents you can only really find in the deepest of forests. Puck’s Glen is not only renowned for its mystical beauty, but also for the forest wildlife that inhabit it. Look out for red squirrels, or even red deer, along with several kinds of birds as you hike through the variety of terrain.
This is an adventure not to be missed, and one that isn’t so well publicised on many tour groups of Scotland, so let us take you on an exceptional adventure you will never forget. Contact us today, and let the magic begin.
Land of Burns, Culzean Castle & Ayrshire Coastal Day Excursion from Glasgow
Discover the land of Robert Burns, and the magnificent Culzean Castle on a popular day out from Glasgow. Travelling a short distance south west from the city, you will shortly arrive in the picturesque village of Alloway, where you can explore Scotland’s National Bard’s birthplace museum, and the thatched cottage, where the world famous poet was born.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the beautiful surrounding gardens to the legendary “Brig o’ Doon”, and meander through the Auld Alloway Kirk which inspired Burns to pen his famous poem “Tam o Shanter”. You may also visit Souter Johnnies Cottage in Kirkoswald, and have lunch at the Souter’s Inn, before travelling the short distance to Culzean Castle.
After midday our adventure continues over the dramatic cliffs on the Ayrshire Coast, which offer stunning views of the Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran. The iconic Culzean Castle occupies a regal position on a 100 foot cliff overlooking the Firth of Clyde. This late eighteenth century classic Georgian castle was home to the Clan Kennedy, a branch of the Lords of Galloway.
This supreme day tour will leave you with a mind full of fantastic historical facts, and visualisation of where Our National Bard not only hailed from, but also where he was inspired to pen many of his world famous poetry. The Castle will leave you in awe of the structures and lifestyles of that era, and overall will you be delighted you chose this stunning coastal day tour from Glasgow.
OUTLANDER DAY TOUR
‘Braveheart’ One Day Tour from Glasgow
Departing from Glasgow we take you on a wonderful journey to The National Wallace Monument. This magnificent monument towers 220 feet above the Abbey Craig, and is a testimony to one of Scotland’s most famous heroes, Sir William Wallace.
The monument is a top rated Scottish visitor attraction, overlooking the historic battlefield, the ‘Battle of Stirling Brig’.
You can follow the story of William Wallace, as you stop for breath in ‘The Hall of Arms’, and if you feel inclined, to climb the gruelling 246 steps to the summit.
Discover how William Wallace and Andrew de Moray led their outnumbered Scottish army to an historic victory over King Edward I of England, aka ‘Hammer of the Scots’, in the ‘Battle of Stirling Brig’ in 1297.
Gaze in awe at the Wallace Sword in the Hall of Heroes, and discover how the monument was built in the Royal Chamber Hall.
Your reward for reaching the crown of the Monument, is the spectacular panoramic views of Ben Lomond, The Pentland Hills, Stirling Castle, The Firth of Forth and The Kingdom of Fife.
The National Wallace Monument is a great location where your whole family can enjoy a fantastic day out from Glasgow.
In the afternoon you will learn a fascinating story on the road to Scottish Independence, which unfolded on the blood stained fields of Bannockburn on June 24, 1314.
Immerse yourself in the most famous battle in Scottish history, where the Scots army led by King Robert the Bruce defeated the might of England under King Edward II, in the quest for Scottish freedom.
You can stand shoulder to shoulder in 3D, with Robert the Bruce, medieval warriors, archers and knights, in the state of the art Bannockburn Visitor Centre, 3 miles south of Stirling city centre.
The highlight of the visitor centre, is taking part and pitting your wits in a tactical 3-D military battle game.
Will you follow The King of Scots – Robert the Bruce, or will you take sides with King Edward II of England?
The visitor centre has a well-stocked gift shop, and an onsite café if you fancy a ‘wee cuppa’, or light bite to eat.
After a light refreshment, you can take the short walk up to the memorial, and impressive Robert the Bruce Statue, which offers stunning views of Stirling Castle in the backdrop.
To get you in the mood you can listen to the inspirational song ‘Bannockburn’ by Alastair McDonald.
Scone Palace Day Tour from Glasgow
Escape the city of Glasgow and follow in the footsteps of Macbeth, Alexander III, Robert the Bruce and Prince James Edward Stuart (the Old Pretender), to the historical enthroning and crowning location at Scone Palace in Perthshire, Scotland.
Pause for a time on Moot Hill, where many famous Scots were crowned on The Stone of Scone, or known to many as The Stone of Destiny. Marvel at the mysteries surrounding this sacred stone and immerse yourself in the magical surroundings where you stand.
Scone Palace has a well-deserved, 5 Star Visitor attraction rating. The Gothic Palace is the family home of the Murrays, the Earls of Mansfield. The Palace is open to visitors, who can take a tour through the eloquent well-furnished palatial rooms on the lower ground floor.
Interesting Fact: The Long Gallery, once the longest room in Scotland, is where Charles II proceeded to his coronation on Moot Hill. It is also here, that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert witnessed an indoor curling exhibition on the polished oak and oak marquetry floor.
You may also encounter a peacock or two as you meander through the Gardens of Scone. Enjoy a stroll along the Kings’ Walk, the 3rd Earl’s Walk, the Friar’s Den Walk or the Memorial Walk.
Take some time to explore the Scone Maze, which is made up of over 2,000 beech trees. You will be struck by the amazing abundance of green and copper, creating a unique tartan effect on the ancient grounds of the Monks’ Play green.
The Palace has a fantastic café where you can relax inside, or outside in the seated area. There is also a well-stocked gift and food shop, offering a fantastic selection of Scottish souvenirs and gifts.
Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel Day Out from Glasgow
The Kelpies are the largest equine sculptures in the world, and they can be found in the Helix Park, situated 26 miles away from Glasgow.
The breath-taking 30 metre tall horse-head sculptures, dominate the local skyline, and are a tribute to the mighty Clydesdale horses that pulled freight barges along the Forth and Clyde Canal in the nineteenth century.
I hear you ask, “So what are Kelpies?”
In Scottish mythology, a Kelpie, or Water Kelpie, is the Scots name given to a shape-shifting water spirit.
Beware!!! Do not ever attempt to touch a Kelpie or get on one.
If you decide not to take heed… then your flesh will bind on to the Kelpie, and will whisk you away to either drown, or devour you.
Did you know: A Kelpie’s mane drips with water, even when it is on dry land.
If a Kelpie devours someone, it will throw his or her entrails onto dry land for everyone to find.
Most sightings of Kelpies take place at Loch Ness.
At Kilted Piper Tours we thoroughly recommend a day trip out of the city to see these amazing equine sculptures.
After a local pub lunch we take the short journey to the world’s first and only rotating boatlift, the Falkirk Wheel, which can also be found in the Helix Park.
This extraordinary feat of modern engineering is not to be missed. It connects the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal.
The Falkirk Wheel solves the problem of boats navigating through eleven locks to climb or descend the 115-foot gap. This amazing boatlift, has slashed the gruelling time frame of one day down to 30 minutes to pass from one canal to the other.
It is claimed that it is designed to be inspired by: a Celtic double-headed spear, the ribcage of a whale and the spine of a fish.
The wheel is 35 metres tall and uses one and a half kWh of energy to turn it, the same amount of energy it would take to boil eight household kettles.
The Falkirk wheel has a fabulous visitor centre, where you can embark on a 1-hour boat ride on the Antonine or Archimedes boats.
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Make this your trip of a lifetime. Most of all, make it a day of making memories, and enjoy our hospitality with a complimentary dram and a tune or two, courtesy of the Kilted Piper. We look forward to seeing you soon.