8 reasons to go wild about Glasgow & Loch Lomond
The Heart & Soul of Scotland
If you like to play hard, Glasgow is the destination for you. Pack your day with adrenalin-fuelled fun and activities and discover the city’s famous restaurants, bars and clubs by night. And did you know that Loch Lomond is just 30 minutes from Glasgow?
It’s a hotspot for watersports, and the surrounding area is brilliant for biking, climbing, walking and cycling. Here are eight reasons why your adventure break should twin Glasgow with Loch Lomond.
Glasgow & Loch Lomond
#1 Carve up the canal
Start your day with a wakeboarding session at Glasgow Wake Park. It’s next to Pinkston Watersports at Port Dundas Canal, just 10 minutes from the city centre. Combining elements of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing, wakeboarding is pure, adrenalin-fuelled fun. You’ll be performing tricks before you know it!
#2 Behind the brew
Take a tour of the historic Wellpark Brewery to discover more about Tennent’s, Scotland’s favourite pint. Go behind the scenes to learn about the brand and the brewing process and check out the collection of rare vintage Tennent’s packaging. The tour ends with a wee taste of Tennent’s. Cheers!
#3 Two wheeling
Rent a bike and explore Glasgow with the wind in your hair. The city is ideal for cycling, with 300km of cycle ways and just a few hills. Plus, it’s home to Next Bike, an innovative bike share scheme with 500 bikes and 62 stations across the city. How about following the City Central Mural Trail to see some huge pieces of art on Glasgow’s buildings?
#4 Eat, Drink and Play
For lunch, make your way to Merchant Square, a stylish hub of nine independent bars and restaurants all under one roof. Book a table at Mezzidakia for dinner. It’s one of Glasgow’s newest restaurants and offers mouthwatering mezze and cracking cocktails. Your next stop is Drygate, Glasgow’s finest craft brewery complete with beer hall. For live music it has to be the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, one of the most celebrated small gig venues in the world. Or how about heading to Nico’s Café Bar on Sauchiehall Street for late-night music and drinks?
Stay at Citizen M Glasgow, the city centre’s coolest hotel. This place is super stylish and packed with affordable luxury.
Glasgow & Loch Lomond
#5 Take to the water
What could be more exhilarating than cutting through Loch Lomond at high speed surrounded by majestic Highland scenery? Go on a speedboat tour or try wakeboarding with Loch Lomond Leisure at Luss. Or how about a river sledging tour with In Your Element? Kitted out with a Fluid Anvil river sledge, a wetsuit, helmet, buoyancy aid and some fins, you’ll take on rapids and small waterfalls.
#6 Boat and bike
Experience Loch Lomond’s magnificent scenery with a Cruise Loch Lomond boat trip. Hop on and off at different locations and discover islands and great walks at your own pace. Take a bike on board and you’ll explore even further. You can hire bikes at Cruise Loch Lomond’s base in Tarbet.
#7 Head for the hills
Explore the Arrochar Alps and climb The Cobbler, one of Scotland’s most iconic peaks. The views from the top are stunning. Have you got what it takes to ‘Thread the Needle’ and reach the true summit? You’ll need a good head for heights and some scrambling skills.
#8 Eat, Drink & Play
Come off the mountain and dine at The Slanj where you'll find the warmest of Scottish welcomes as well as hearty Scottish meals or head to Loch Lomond Arms Hotel where the menu is all about local, seasonal produce expertly-prepared and the cosy bar is a great place to try some local craft ales or a dram of whisky (there are 51 to choose from!).
The Glasgow Subway is the easiest way to get around the city centre and west end of Glasgow.
To get to Loch Lomond jump on a Scotrail train from Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch (50 minutes) or Arrochar (one hour 15 minutes). You can hire bikes near to both stations – do book in advance.
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Visit Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond sits at the heart of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, just 30 minutes from Glasgow. Its ‘bonnie, bonnie banks’ are world renowned. There’s so much more to enjoy in the surrounding area, from hiking and biking to watersports.
'The Heart & Soul of Scotland' campaign is a partnership between Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative and Glasgow Life, supported by partners: Visit Scotland, Argyll & Bute Council, Love Loch Lomond, ScotRail, Calmac Ferries, Loganair, Enterprise rent-a-car and West Coast Motors.