20 Sep Easy Day Trips
Easy Day Trips Out Of Glasgow
Although the Albion Hotel is based just 1 mile from the city centre, we’re still fans of getting out of the city, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets, the traffic and the crowds, and kicking back into countryside relaxation. Luckily, any residents or visitors to our fair land are spoiled rotten as Glasgow is surrounded by rolling hills, beautiful farmland and impressive mountain ranges – nice, eh?
So, where’s best for a day-long adventure that’ll see you back in time for tea? Read on to find out our top picks and if you need any more inspiration, just ask our reception staff for ideas on arrival.
The Devil’s Pulpit and Campsie Fells
Seen by many, explored by few, the Campsie Fells are visible from the higher points of the city and are often gazed upon but are less likely to be ventured into by city-dwellers. It’s a real shame as they offer stunning scenery, hidden glens and plenty of adventure. The most accessible starting points are less than a half hour drive away, such as the Whangie, which delivers a non-too-challenging ascent and flat summit, perfect for enjoying a picnic on a good day.
Largs and Kilburn Castle
Because we do like to be beside the seaside, we do like to be beside the sea…! Okay, enough of the singing. Seriously, Largs is a fantastic day out and just an hour from Glasgow by road. The original Nardini’s Italian café and ice cream parlour will greet you at the seafront, offering spectacular views to the islands and beyond. Get yourself a cone of something sweet and stroll along the prom, stopping off for fish and chips at lunchtime. Venture a little further to Kelburn Castle to feed the goats (yes, really) and enjoy its unique graffitied exterior.
An early start and late finish is needed for a trip to this enchanting village on the Isle of Cumbrae, but with regular ferries from Largs there’s plenty of scope to spend some time here during your stay. Best explored by bike, hop on the train from Glasgow to the port and then make the 10-mile circular cycle ride around the Isle, taking in plenty of wildlife along the way.
Balmaha: Loch Lomond
The lesser known cousin to the popular Luss leisure resort on the banks of Loch Lomond, Balmaha is a little more low key. With unspoilt views across the water and a fantastic pub and café to be sampled, this tiny village gets busy in summer but can be a peaceful haven away from the city during the off-season. If you fancy a wander up high, take the climb up Conic Hill, a steep but do-able walk which takes around 90 minutes from start to finish (with the finish line conveniently situated right at the pub’s front door…. just an idea!).
This World Heritage Site was a former cotton spinning mill village from the 18th century, where philanthropist Robert Owen cultivated a model village focusing on providing a humane living environment for workers, a true trailblazer of his time. Still well-preserved, the site sees over 300,000 visitors from around the world not only to explore its social history but to marvel at its picturesque setting within the valleys of Lanarkshire.
With plenty of options for day trips out of Glasgow open to you, book direct with the Albion Hotel for our best rates and availability and you’ll be perfectly placed to explore the city and beyond.