Tours

Whether it's a walking tour or going by bus, Glasgow has a whole range of tours to help you discover the city. Hop on the City Sightseeing Bus Tour to catch all the sights, or explore further afield with Rabbie's Trail Burner - there's so much to choose from!

Bus Tours

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Hop on the City Sightseeing Bus Tour to visit some of Glasgow's most popular attractions! The complete tour takes 1 hour 20 minutes and you can hop on and off as often as you like at any of the stops on the route. 

Hop aboard the Red Bus Bistro’s vintage Routemaster bus for a truly unique dining experience. They offer afternoon tea, gin experiences, gourmet burgers and more, all whilst touring around the best sights Glasgow has to offer. The tours last approximately 90 minutes and run between Wednesday and Sunday all year round.

Attraction Tours

Get up close and personal with some of Glasgow's best attractions on these tours - explore the grand interiors of the City Chambers or delve deep into the underground vaults and passageways below Glasgow Central Station to hear tales of the station's history. Learn more about the Clyde's shipbuilding history at Fairfield Heritage Centre, uncover the fascinating past of The Trades Hall of Glasgow or take a University of Glasgow historical tour to discover 550 years of history and hear about the world changers who studied in the city. Step back even further in time, with a guided tour of Glasgow Cathedral, a stunning piece of medieval architecture that you might recognise as a filming location for the popular TV series, Outlander. Or try out their brand new audio tour and be transported through the history of the 12th Century Cathedral through pieces of music performed by the Glasgow Cathedral Choir.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a pioneering Glaswegian architect and designer and no trip to the city is complete without a visit to one of his magnificent works.  Take a guided tour of one of his unique properties such as the Mackintosh House, House for an Art Lover or Mackintosh at the Willow.  New for 2019 is the Mackintosh Architectural Walking Tours a 90-minute tour from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society where you can learn about his life in the city and see his iconic works in context.  This brand new tour is initially taking place every Monday and Friday throughout March and April 2019.  

Walking Tours

A walking tour is a great way to find your bearings and learn more about the city at the same time - luckily Glasgow has a great choice of walking tours to choose from!

Find out more about Glasgow's quirks from the locals that live here at Walking Tours in Glasgow. They offer a range of tours, including their popular Street Art Tour, which takes in beautiful street art pieces with tour guides offering insights into the inspiration behind the murals. And for the festive season only (November 29 - December 21), they are offering a special Glasgow Festive Food Tour, which will take in the best local and international cuisine at the Christmas markets and stories on Glasgow's Christmas traditions before ending the tour in a cosy pub.

Expore the city's musical history with the brilliant Glasgow Music City Tours (buy a flexible joint ticket with Tennent’s Brewery Tour to save money on both tours). Take on a music audio walking tour by yourself with Walking Heads or dance your way through the city with Silent Disco Adventure - a 60 minute roaming rhythmic tour, with tunes provided via headsets.

Don't miss a Heritage Walk from the Glasgow Women's Library, which will give you inspiring insights into the unsung achievements of the women who made Glasgow. There's even a Heritage Bike Ride if you prefer to travel on two wheels instead!

Close by to the Women's Library is the Necropolis, a beautiful Victorian garden cemetery in the east full of fascinating history, amazing architecture and great views of Glasgow. Take a tour with the expert guides from the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis to discover this must-see attraction. Beside the Necropolis, in Cathdral Square, you will see the beautiful lamp posts featuring the Glasgow coat of arms - visit the city's coat of arms' digital map and embark on a self-guided trail to see more.

And for the foodies, get yourself on the Eat Walk Glasgow tour for tastings from some of the city's top restaurants while learning about the architecture and history around you.

Try out the Finnieston Trail or West End Wander walks with Glasgow Food and Drink Tours, for a half day of food tastings in two of the city's prime foodie areas.

 

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For those who love both music and food, then the Scottish Trad Trail is for you. Get a taste of Glasgow’s folk music scene with a walking tour, hearty two course meal and live folk music session in this package run by Scottish restaurant Mharsanta and Glasgow Music City Tours.

And if you're looking for something a little bit more bespoke, check out Glasgow Private Tours to discover the city with your very own private tour guide who will even pick you up and drop you back at your hotel.


Coach Tours

Explore Glasgow and Scotland from the comfort of a coach - there's plenty of options to get you around the country's most picturesque spots!

Rabbie's

Experience Scotland's stunning scenery with Rabbie's Small Group Tours and visit waterfalls, castles and distilleries, from Glasgow to the Highlands & Islands, including Skye and the Outer Hebrides.

Timberbush

See Scotland at it's best with Timberbush Tours, a 5-star provider of mini-coach travel experiences for individuals and small groups. Choose from a range of luxury coach tours departing daily from Glasgow.

 

Discover Scotland

Discover Scotland Tours provide a superb selection of one day coach tours to some of the most dramatic and scenic places in Scotland. Tours include visits to Loch Ness and the Highlands.

Glascotours 

Glascotours offer private and customised Scottish tours - design your own unique tour of Scotland with your interests, whether its whisky, golf, castles, food and drink, heritage, film locations or battlefields.  

 

Brewery and Distillery Tours

Tennents Tour

Get up close and personal with Glasgow's history of brewing with a guided tour! Start off at the brand new Tennent's Story Visitor Centre at Tennent's Wellpark Brewery, where you can view artefacts and hear personal stories, before setting off on a tour of the world famous brewery - home to Scotland's favourite drink and one of the country's most loved brands. Glasgow Music City Tours offer a flexible joint ticket with Tennent's, allowing savings on both tours, which can be used on the same or different days.

Right next door you'll find Drygate, the world's first experiential brewery where you can see the brewers work their magic as you enjoy a pint. The informal tour will take you behind the scenes and also include a guided tasting of four of the brewery's fantastic beers. Hear the story of the city through beer on a Glasgow Beer Tour. The walking tour takes in two unique beer venues and tells fascinating stories, including how Glasgow became the largest exporter of bottled beer in the world.

Whisky and Chocolate tour

Whisky enthusiasts, as well as those new to the 'water of life', will find plenty to love at the Clydeside Distillery. Located on a great spot right next to the River Clyde, the new visitor attraction has a prestigious five star rating from VisitScotland. Take the Clydeside Tour to discover fascinating tales, watch the craftsmen at work in the Still House and taste a selection of exquisite drams from across Scotland, which can be paired with artisan chocolate if taking the Whisky and Chocolate Tour. Meanwhile, the stunning Glengoyne and Auchentoshan distilleries offer a varied range of fantastic tours, both within a reasonable distance of the city. And if you're spending more time in the city centre, why not discover how the locals drink their whisky with a brilliant tour from Once Upon a Whisky and learn about the national drink from those who know it best.

 

Unique experiences

An unforgettable experience is available with Loch Lomond Seaplanes, who will take you on board their seaplane service from their pontoon on Loch Lomond for a tour of Scotland's magnificent landscape. 

Cycling 

Keep fit and see the sights of Glasgow at the same time with Glasgow Bike Tours, where you'll be able to see some spectacular views of the city on two wheels. Routes are designed to take in good cycling surfaces and takes in cycle paths, river and canal pathways too.

Or, as a self-guided cycling tour option, there are some great Smarter Travel Routes which take in some of the city's attractions. During May and June 2019, free guided tours of these routes will taking place too - what a great way to explore the city! 

 

Chauffeur Tours

Join an expert driver-guide and discover Glasgow or the rest of Scotland from the comfort of your very own private chauffeur driven luxury car. Both David James Chauffeur Drive and Little's Chauffeur Driven Leisure Tours offer bespoke tours of Glasgow or an area of Scotland; or activity, from golf, spas or fishing, that appeals to you.

Gateway to Scotland

Just outside of Glasgow, and only 50 minutes on the train, Loch Lomond offers a great variety of tours including the Segway adventure, where you can take to the routes and tracks around Loch Lomond. Or explore the beautiful scenery in Scotland's first National Park with a Scotland's Wild Tour - but if you'd rather take to the water then why not discover Loch Lomond by boat on a Sweeney's Cruise Co. or Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine by boat and bike with a Two Lochs Tour.

 

Stadium Tours

Glasgow has a wealth of footballing history that'll appeal to any fan of the beautiful game, so why not take on a stadium tour while you're here in the city? Experience the heritage and atmosphere of Celtic Park and Ibrox, home to Glasgow's most famous clubs, Celtic FC and Rangers FC, then top it off with a visit to the national stadium, Hampden, for an informative tour about this great stadium alongside some fascinating exhibits at the Scottish Football Museum.

A brand new experience is the Glasgow Football Tour, a fun and informative 2-hour driven tour around the city exploring the past, present and future of the city's unique football culture. Public tours take place each month, with private tours available on request. 

 

 

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