Caledonian ferry to the islands (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan_hughes/2915102294)

Caledonian ferry to the islands

Glasgow offers a good selection of sightseeing cruises along the Clyde and trips to the islands with Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries. You can even take a power boat tip or a sea voyage on a paddle steamer!

Clyde Cruises

Clyde Cruises offer the water-traveller something special - a Glasgow city cruise on the famous River Clyde - a trip of 90 minutes to Braehead and back. The tour includes a commentary and child friendly activities and you're able to hop off at any one of the many stops at attractions along the riverside. You'll see the Glasgow skyline and its incredible architecture, its industrial history in the Govan Shipyards, and you'll sail underneath five bridges too. The Riverside Museum and Science Centre are stops along the way.

Seaforce Powerboat ride

The Seaforce 20 minute speedboat ride takes you from the Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour through the centre, under bridges and to the Govan Shipyard and back. How exciting for kids of all ages who aren't afraid of the water and speed! According to their website "This is Glasgow like you’ve never seen it before! Kitted out in your safety gear, the wind whizzing through your hair, the famous landmarks speed past you as you view Scotland’s most Exciting and vibrant city from our fast powerboats. This is a boat trip on the Clyde like you have never experienced before!".

Clyde Waterfront

Clyde Waterfront Heritage run sightseeing trips on the Clyde from Pacific Quay to Braehead and Clydebank. Offering a few alternative services to suit differing needs regarding sightseeing, shopping and other tourist activities, these trips are intended to encourage more visitors to the Clyde and more interest in and usage of this great river.

Waverley Paddle Steamer (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99408200@N05/10378981945)

Waverley Paddle Steamer

The Waverley Paddle Steamer

Or for something a little different, do try the Waverley Paddle Steamer which runs trips from the centre of Glasgow to geographically close, yet contextually distant locations like Loch Long, Loch Fyne and many of the Western Isles. Running only during the warmer months, this paddle steamer is apparently the only sea going vehicle of its kind in the world.

And prepare to be astonished and bewitched, because you'll be passing some of the most stunning scenery in Britain.

Where to stay

Visitors to Glasgow may want to take advantage of our accommodation near to the River Clyde, for close proximity for boat trips, or perhaps stay nearer to the city centre or even on the outskirts. Whatever your prefererence, and whatever your budget, do have a look at our listings below, and book with us today for some incredible accommodation to snuggle down in, following your Clyde cruise.

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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