8 reasons to go wild about Glasgow & Tiree
The Heart & Soul of Scotland
If you’re looking for an urban adventure, Glasgow’s for you! There are so many opportunities for adrenalin-pumping experiences, from cycle routes to white-water rides to challenging climbing walls. But how about adding an island adventure to the mix?
Tiree, the most westerly of the Inner Hebrides, is just an hour’s flight from Glasgow. It’s called the ‘Hawaii of the north’, and is a mecca for surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers. Here are eight reasons why your Scottish adventure break should pair Glasgow with Tiree – and nearby Coll.
Glasgow & Tiree
#1 Ride the Clyde
Experience Glasgow from the water with Seaforce. Take a powerboat ride up the Clyde past Glasgow landmarks to the Govan shipyards. Get a unique view of Glasgow – and have an exhilarating experience!
#2 The beautiful game
Glasgow is one of the world's top sporting cities, with Hampden Park, Celtic FC and Rangers FC all providing stadium tours. Hampden Park is home to the Scottish Football Museum, Europe's first ever national football museum. See some incredible items that tell the tale of Scottish Football and then follow in the footsteps of legendary players with the Hampden Stadium tour.
#3 Paddle power
Head to Pinkston Paddlesports for exhilarating whitewater rafting and kayaking at the heart of the city. Whether you're a total novice or seasoned river runner, Pinkston is the place to test or develop your skills! Tuition is available. You can also enjoy a paddle or open water swim on the sheltered flat water.
#4 Eat, Drink and Play
Grab some lunch at Platform at the Arches, which brings together independent street food traders every weekend. For dinner, book yourself a table at The Butchershop Bar & Grill near Kelvingrove, an award-winning steakhouse. Or for something different, try the Stack & Still pancake house, where there’s a mind blowing twelve million possible menu combinations on offer as well as Glasgow’s first self-serve bar. The how about following the City Central Mural Trail to see some huge pieces of art adorning Glasgow city's brickwork?
Fancy a few more drinks in spectacular surroundings? Head for the Corinthian Club, which is housed in a fabulous former bank and high court building. To catch a live gig try SWG3 and for late night clubbing in a buzzing, small-capacity venue, it has to be Nice N Sleazy on Sauchiehall Street.
Stay at Radisson Red, Glasgow’s hippest new hotel. Head up to the rooftop bar to watch the sun set over the Clyde as you sip a cocktail.
Glasgow & Tiree
#5 Surf's up
Tiree is a surfers’ paradise. The island catches the swell from the North Atlantic, giving year-round, consistent waves, which has helped create a vibrant and friendly surfing scene. Get some lessons with Wild Diamond and Suds Surf/Blackhouse Watersports. Or how about trying stand up paddle boarding? This paddling/surfing hybrid is fantastic fun. Learn the ropes in the calm waters of Loch Bhasapol and progress to Gott Bay and Crossapol before trying the more challenging surf on the west of Tiree.
#6 Go wild in the water
Dive in and enjoy the wonderful waters of Tiree and nearby Coll. Both islands have an amazing coastline for coasteering, cliff jumping and wild swimming. It’s always worth checking conditions with locals first. Or how about snorkelling with seals and sharks with Basking Shark Scotland? Another option is to explore the neighbouring islands with Tiree Sea Tours.
#7 Bikes and beaches
Tiree is a great place to explore on two wheels. Hire a bike from Tiree Fitness, follow the singletrack roads as they criss-cross the island and discover Tiree’s amazing galleries and studios and beautiful beaches.
#8 Eat, Drink & Play
Lunch has to be from Tiree Lobster and Crab in Scarinish. Seafood doesn’t get any fresher than this! Pick up a seafood platter, dressed crab, lobster roll and more, all landed on Tiree. Or drop in to the Aisling's Kitchen at the Cobbled Cow next to the airport. For dinner, head west to Ceabhar. This restaurant near Sandaig is a real treat. Dine on delicious food while looking out over the machair to the Atlantic beyond. Try the beer – it’s made on-site by the Bun Dubh micro-brewery.
Stay at the luxurious, contemporary Reef Inn or historic Mannal House just beyond Balemartine. Or you could stay at the Rockvale which offers fantastic breakfasts or why not book a bed in the Millhouse Hostel at Carnaig?
Although not directly accessible from Glasgow, the nearby island of Coll is a complete contrast to Tiree and well worth a visit. You’ll need to catch the ferry or a flight from Oban. It’s the first official Dark Sky Island in Scotland and a haven for bird watching.
It’s a truly stunning flight and you’ll be treated to epic aerial views of Mull and the Treshnish Islands. Flights in the summer are twice daily, run seven days a week and take around an hour.
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Visit Tiree and Coll
Go on an Hebridean adventure on the islands of Coll and Tiree. Known as the ‘sunshine isle’, Tiree is home to some of the best beaches in Scotland. They fringe most of island, providing miles of clean, white sands and great surfing. With a population of around 220, Coll is a place to really get away from it all.
'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.