5 of the Best Outdoor Activity Trips Near Glasgow

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Scotland is famous for its beautiful scenery, massive lochs and mountainous regions – all of which provide the perfect locations for a broad range of outdoor activities.

As a city, Glasgow is amongst the most popular and vibrant locations in the UK. Not only does it offer its visitors an abundance of modern attractions, but the history of the city also provides more than enough in the way of fantastic sights and landmarks. For those who prefer something a bit more energetic, and love outdoor pursuits, Glasgow and the surrounding areas have some brilliant outdoor activity trips.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

Whether you’re a hiking enthusiast or simply want to take in the sights as you stroll through some of Scotland’s beautiful countryside, you won’t have to travel far from Glasgow to find what you’re looking for.

In regards to location, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. It’s less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow, making it an easy trip in the car, or in a large group via a minibus or coach. The diverse landscape provides a number of hills to take on, as well as a mountainous area that contains Ben Lomond and Ben More, which are only two of the astonishing 21 mountains or “Munros” nearby.

The park offers so much in the way of activities, both on land and water. Whether you’re out for a stroll and some bird-watching, hiking the steepest of hills or taking to the Loch for a spot of kayaking, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has the diversity and locations to cater for everyone.

The Falls of Clyde

There are very few places in the UK where you can drive as little as an hour from a big city like Glasgow and experience the beautiful scenery of somewhere like the Falls of Clyde.

Although the focal feature of the reserve is, of course, the enchanting waterfalls, it has so much more to offer. The woodland surroundings are not only beautiful; they also contain an abundance of wildflowers, birds and other wildlife. A location like the Falls of Clyde makes it a near impossible task not to embrace your inner outdoors adventurer.

Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails

The Cathkin Braes Country Park is home to what has become a famous mountain bike trail, even hosting this year’s British Cross-Country Mountain Bike Championships. A perfect example of how a modern sport can be incorporated into the natural landscape and create something, well, awesome.

The trails have not only provided a high-quality track to mountain biking enthusiasts who live locally; because of it holding such high-profile events, it’s put the area on the map for everyone involved with the sport. Whether you’re a mountain biking enthusiast looking for a new challenge or are interested in attending one of the events, it’s worth checking out for sure.

The West Highland Way

To get a sense of why Scotland’s countryside is considered some of the best in the world – and why hoards of tourists make the trip every year – look no further than the West Highland Way.

Whether you want to venture off on your own accord or have planned ahead for a guided tour, you’ll experience a trip like no other. Along the various sections of this 96 mile route, you’ll see a vast array of scenery, wildlife (mammals, birds, reptiles), as well as experience the Scottish hospitality by visiting the variety of accommodations and inns along the way.

Horse Riding at Mugdock Country Park

Some people’s idea of the perfect countryside trip is to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the sights, whereas others would prefer the wind flying through their hair as they gallop on horseback. Mugdock Country Park provides the perfect variety of locations to make it an enjoyable experience whether you’re young or old, experienced on horseback or if it’s your first time.

The Milndavie Farm Riding Centre is the perfect trip for anyone wanting to see what the park has to offer while experiencing the adrenaline rush of a horseback commute. They have a wide range of different areas to visit (depending on your confidence and amount of time you have), all of which offer something unique and give you the best possible view of the scenery around you.

Whether you’re local to the Glasgow area or planning a trip there soon, it’s definitely worth checking out any outdoor activities available – especially those that get you a bit further out into the countryside. An hour in the car is nothing compared to the experiences you’ll have and the scenery you’ll witness as you’re amidst some of Scotland’s – nay, maybe even the world’s – most beautiful landscape.


Robert Furman is the Managing Director of Extra Mile Coaches – a minibus and coach hire company based in Scotland which operates all over the UK. Robert has always strived to differentiate his business from his competitors and offers his customers affordable first class service.