Eco city break in Glasgow
Eco city break in Glasgow
Visiting Glasgow and keen to reduce your environmental impact or be a responsible tourist? Here are our top tips for an eco city break in Glasgow.
Things to do
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Arguably Glasgow’s top attraction, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a must-visit on your trip to the city. And what’s more, it has been given a coveted Green Tourism Award which recognises its commitment to becoming more sustainable. Visit Glasgow Life's website to find out more.
Join a walking tour
Get a warm welcome to Glasgow by joining a city walking tour guided by friendly locals. Learn about street art, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the highlights of the city centre with Walking Tours in Glasgow, or all about the city’s legendary music scene with Glasgow Music City Tours. Visit our tours page to find out more.
Glasgow Science Centre
Fun for the whole family, the Glasgow Science Centre offers an interactive and informative day out. Their ‘Powering the Future’ exhibit explores topics such as energy consumption and green energy through a magnificent biowall and an energy dance floor. Head to glasgowsciencecentre.org to find out more.
Parks and gardens
With over 90 parks and gardens, it is no wonder that Glasgow is known as the Dear Green Place. Check out our guide to the top parks and greens spaces in each of Glasgow's neighbourhoods and be sure to visit a couple whilst you’re here.
SWG3 is a hip arts venue, bar and nightclub in Glasgow, which is making waves with its green approach to energy. From late 2021, a renewable heating and cooling system is being trialled which will turn body heat from dancers into power for the venue’s lights, music and electricity. Visit swg3.tv to check out what’s on.
Credit: Glengoyne Distillery
Nestled amongst picturesque Scottish scenery on the outskirts of Glasgow, Glengoyne Distillery is a special spot to savour a dram of whisky. Glengoyne’s whisky is produced using 100% renewable electricity and they are committed to protecting the beauty of the environment around them with their own beehives and wetlands. Head to glengoyne.com to book a tour.
Explore over 130km of trails and admire over 200 wind turbines at Whitelee Windfarm. The largest onshore windfarm in the UK, Whitelee also has an onsite visitor centre and is only 20 minutes from Glasgow. Visit the Whitelee Windfarm website to find out more.
Explore Scotland with Rabbie's
If you’re keen to explore other parts of Scotland in an eco-friendly way, then perhaps a mini-coach trip with Rabbie’s is for you. Rabbie’s try to only recommend shops with local owners as well as charge themselves £10 for every tonne of carbon used, which supports environmental and community projects. Visit Rabbie’s website to browse available tour options.
Glasgow is a city rich in artists, creators and makers which allows for a thriving and exciting independent shopping scene. Check out our guide to independent shopping in Glasgow and support some of the city’s best independent stores.
The Clydeside Collective
With sustainability at its heart, the Clydeside Collective sells beautiful gifts from creatives who reuse, recycle, reclaim, and resell items that may otherwise have gone to landfill. Read more about this eco-friendly store on the St Enoch Centre website.
Where to eat and drink
Credit: Drygate Brewery
Drygate is a brasserie, bar and brewery in the east end of Glasgow. Enjoy one of their fantastic beers in the spot where it is brewed and tuck into some of their delicious Freedom Bakery bread, which is created using discarded grain from the brewery. Visit Drygate’s website to book a table.
On a mission to end homelessness in Scotland, Social Bite is a cafe with a difference. Pop in for breakfast, brunch or lunch whilst you’re here and support their ‘pay it forward’ scheme, where you can buy something to eat or drink in advance for someone struggling with homelessness. Find out more at social-bite.co.uk.
You’ll find this tasty cafe inside the Locavore shop on the southside of Glasgow. A fully organic experience, you’ll be dining on seasonal vegetables from Locavore’s own market garden and local produce which is available in-store. Visit Locavore’s website to find out more.
Featured in the coveted Michelin Guide 2021, Gamba is a long-standing favourite seafood restaurant in Glasgow city centre. Sourcing sustainably caught fish and as much local produce as possible for their dishes, head to gamba.co.uk to book a table.
A family-run restaurant championing the quality of Scottish produce since 1971, the Ubiquitous Chip is a cornerstone of Glasgow’s cobbled Ashton Lane. Book a table at ubiquitouschip.co.uk and tuck into Perthshire pigeon, scallops from the Isle of Mull and all manner of local produce.
The menu at Cail Bruich, Glasgow’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, is influenced by the Scottish seasons. Working closely with local butchers, fishmongers, farmers and foragers, you can be assured of a delicious yet sustainable dining experience. Book a table at cailbruich.co.uk.
Vegan and vegetarian
From new neighbourhood cafes to award-winning restaurants offering plant-based menus, Glasgow is well known for being a vegan and veggie friendly city. Read our guide to vegan and veggie dining in Glasgow.
Where to stay
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
Credit: Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
Credit: Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
Be surrounded by nature in the heart of the city centre by booking into La Chambre Verte at Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel. Complete with many plants and sound therapy in your room, visit kimptonblythswoodsquare.com to book.
Enjoy local Dear Green Coffee in your room and rest in the knowledge that Native Glasgow has a zero plastic waste policy on milk deliveries and bathroom supplies. Take a look at the room types available on Native’s website.
Hotels with a Green Tourism Award
There are several hotels in Glasgow which have a coveted Green Tourism Award, which recognises their commitment to operating more sustainably. Visit the Green Tourism Award website for more information on eco-friendly accommodation.
- Train: travelling by train is one of the lowest carbon options. ScotRail operates train services across Glasgow and beyond, visit scotrail.co.uk to plan your journey.
- Bus: taking the bus reduces congestion and car emissions. First Glasgow are also expanding their fleet of electric buses throughout the city, with 126 fully electric buses to be on the road by March 2023. Check out firstbus.co.uk to find out more.
- Subway: following a circular route, Glasgow’s subway is a simple way to get around the city. Visit spt.co.uk to find out more.
For the freedom of travelling by car, rent a hybrid or electric vehicle with Co-wheels, who offer a pay-as-you-go car hire scheme from many locations across Glasgow. Visit Co-wheels website to find out more.
Article last updated: September 2021