Stunning view of Loch Lomond (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99408200@N05/12561123443)

Stunning view of Loch Lomond

Many visitors to Glasgow won't leave the boundaries of the city until it's time for them to return home, but why not take a little time out from the cultural and shopping fun in order to soak up Glasgow's incredible surrounding countryside.

The islands

It is fascinating to look on a map and realise that, across the Firth of Clyde, this bustling city is very close to quiet, serene and incredibly beautiful islands such as Bute, Kintyre and Arran, and their landscapes are often clearly visible from the mainland.

North, Trossachs and Loch Lomond

To the North of Glasgow are the Kilpatrick Hills, the Campsie Fells and Kilsyth Hills, leading to the Fintry Hills to the East (towards Stirling) and the Trossachs and Loch Lomond to the West. From the heart of Glasgow city to Balloch, at the most Southerly point of Loch Lomond, is a mere half-hour drive. A change is as good as a rest - and what a change this is! Loch Lomond couldn't be further in atmosphere from the centre of Glasgow, yet is almost no distance away. Hills and mountains, moors, lochs, forest parks and even an historic castle or two are dotted around the countryside, which is well worth taking a day out of the city for.

Girvan coast (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digitalmindphotography/9817536983)

Girvan coast

To the South of Glasgow

South of Glasgow, past Pollock Park and the outskirts of the city, you will again pass into loch and hill country, travelling South West through Strathhaven or Kilmarnock perhaps to reach the South West coast, Troon, Prestwick, Ayr, and Girvan. From Glasgow to Troon is a mere 45 minutes, and is well worth the trip. The views across the Firth of Clyde to Ailsa Craig, Arran and Kintyre can be spectacular, and the towns of the South West will cheer you and make you feel at home.

Where to stay

If you're thinking of taking a trip to Glasgow then spreading your wings and going a little further afield, we have plenty of superb accommodation to offer you, whether in bed and breakfasts or hotels in the city centre, or holiday cottages on the outskirts. Do take a look through our listings and book time in Glasgow soon!

Accommodation in Glasgow City Centre

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    Unique budget hotel in Glasgow. Stylish dorm rooms and private rooms within a character 19th century church. Short walk from Merchant City. Parking, kitchen, TV room & free WiFi.
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    Quality budget hostel in the North West area of Glasgow near Kelvingrove & the Botanic Gardens. Mixed, female only & private rooms. Free WiFi, parking, kitchen & social dining area
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  • Glasgow   (2.1 miles from the centre of Glasgow)
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