Glasgow is a city teeming with eclectic historical, cultural and cosmopolitan happenings, with bustling crowds gathering nightly in waterholes around the city to relish the music, theatre and arts scenes accompanied by a dram (or five). But sometimes us city-dwellers crave the fresh air of the countryside and the peace of Scotland’s lochs, mountains and forests. So if you find yourself with minimal studying to do and a weekend free with pals, take a jaunt to these five stunning locations for a day trip from Glasgow.
The Devils Pulpit
As featured in Outlander, The Devils Pulpit is a gorgeous gorge hidden in the serene landscape just south of Dryman on the A809, a stone’s throw from Loch Lomond. Its whisky hued waters and magical moss walls make for a spooky and fairytale-esque adventure, complete with dancing waterfalls. Though a bit of a slippery and muddy trek, this stunning nook is a little known gem and definitely worth a visit.
Balmaha, Loch Lomond
Crisp waters and pebbled beaches dominate this breathtaking spot along the east coast of Loch Lomond. Bring a picnic or visit one of the local pubs and bask in the fresh air and tranquil waves at Milarocchy Bay. Its peaceful and calming demeanor is sure to revitalise during stressful exam periods or when tackling the dreaded dissertation.
Bracklinn Falls, Callander
A series of waterfalls to the north east of Callander, Bracklinn Falls takes you on an idyllic walk through woodland and foaming rivers. Overlook the waterfalls on the geometric bridge cast-iron bridge, originally built in the 1870s for Queen Victoria, and marvel at the peat tinged waters and wildlife.
Isle of Arran
Jump on a train to Stranraer from Glasgow Central and hop on the ferry over to Arran for a taste of the nation’s countless islands, rolling hills and quaint inns. Visit Brodick castle, garden and Country Park and revel in the island’s unique history, or camp beneath the towering moors of Goat Fell.
One of Scotland’s most cherished castles, due to its rich historical and architectural features, Stirling Castle makes for thrilling day out for history buffs. Explore the Great Hall, built for King James IV in 1503, the tapestries and the Castle Exhibition, which tells the story of the fortress from its earliest existence to modern day. You can even sample some sweet sounds from the likes of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who perform in the castle for their summer concerts.