Puffins, puffers, pubs & plays.

From puffins and puffers to pubs and plays, enjoy it all when you pair Glasgow with Argyll & The Isles.

Did you know that you can see puffins in Argyll? During the spring and summer months the Atlantic Puffins come ashore from the open ocean to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles to breed. The Treshnish Isles in particular have a huge population during the breeding season and you can get incredibly close to these inquisitive creatures. They return to the open water in August. Staffa has another highlight too – the spectacular Fingal’s Cave, immortalised by Mendelssohn in his Hebrides Overture. Look out for the bore-hole at Gunna Mor which creates a dramatic thunderous noise when waves strike the cliff below.

Staffa is a do-able as a day trip from Glasgow. Catch a train from the Glasgow Central to Oban, where you’ll find a number of boat trip operators offering trips to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, including Sealife AdventuresSeafari Adventures, Coastal Connections and Basking Shark Scotland.


And don’t confuse a puffin with a puffer! Clyde puffers are small coal-fired cargo ships, that used to steam up and down the Crinan Canal delivering supplies from central Scotland to the Western Isles. Today, you can take a trip up the canal onboard the Vic 32, a refurbished puffer. The Crinan Canal is a beautiful place for a walk or a cycle.

Back in Glasgow it’s time to discover the pubs and plays of the city. Glasgow has a thriving arts scene and the city is home to fantastic theatres, independent cinemas, music venues and art galleries. Visit the Britannia Panopticon, the world’s oldest surviving music hall. Over the years all the greats of the Scottish and London music hall stage appeared there including, most famously, Stan Laurel who made his debut at the venue in 1906.


Explore some of Glasgow’s authentic traditional pubs and enjoy a 'wee dram'. The city is full of old fashioned bars. Named after the Gaelic word for the Clyde, The Clutha has an almost 200 year old history. Across the road is The Scotia Bar which was established even earlier (1792). You’ll often find live music in both of these Glasgow institutions. To learn more about Tennent’s, Scotland’s favourite pint, go behind the scenes with a tour of the historic Wellpark Brewery.  

Discover puffins and puffers, as well as pubs and plays, in Glasgow and Argyll – the Heart & Soul of Scotland.