I love Glasgow. What’s not to love? There’s plenty to do on a budget: wonderful history and architecture, a vibrant music scene, free National Museums (like the rest of the UK), and free public wifi to help you find it all. It’s also one of the friendliest cities we’ve visited, and it offers tours to welcome many interests. Whether you’re interested in exploring foodie spots, the music scene, or free tours of city chambers, I hope you too encounter the neighbourly feel of this diverse city.
We wound up there during an unusually sunny spell and decided to take advantage of the weather with a day tour. We heard of small group tours with Rabbie’s and decided this would be a good fit because they offered a good variety of activities so it’s not a full day of hiking or indoor attractions. We went with one that began with Stirling Castle, then spent a good chunk outdoors with Loch Lomond, and finished with a Whisky Distillery tour. It’ll only set you back £34.00 – £39.00 and you can find it here.
The tour began at 9 AM where we met our guide and fellow tourists at the pickup point near City Chambers. Rabbie’s takes 10 or less people on these tours in a comfortable van which was a good size. As we drove to Stirling Castle, we learned a lot about the area and history of the castle and stopped along the way to take in the view. Admission to the castle is not included in the tour price, but you do get 10% off the entrance. If castles aren’t your thing (what!?) Rabbie’s also offers a half day tour which is similar but skips out on Stirling Castle.
The sun continued to shine during our visit to Loch Lomond. Once there, you have the ability to walk around and explore the area on your own. The hike up wasn’t too bad and the view is worth it, but so is sitting by the water and sticking your feet in.
Our guide was great, because she knew some of the nicest points to stop and take in the views, or make new friends like Hamish, the Highland Cow. We brought some snacks for the tour, but there are also cafes and restaurants here to enjoy a meal. Some are quick service so you can spend more time wandering. We were really ready to sip on a some scotch after, so the visit to the Glengoyne Distillery was a great fit for us. The tour take you behind the scenes through the copper stills, casks, and of course samples. There are tranquil spots to enjoy too, like a small trail leading to a waterfall and creek.
We returned to our meeting spot in Glasgow a little after 6pm, which puts you in a perfect position to enjoy a number of dinner options. Overall, the tour was a great addition to our trip not just because of the wonderful sights, but it offered a chance to relax and take it in at our own pace. Plus we learned so much more about the history of Scotland, and enjoyed getting to know fellow travellers, which is harder to do when renting a car.