Do something adventurous during your time in Glasgow! From snow sports to rock climbing and mountain bike trails to kayaking, it’s easy to have an adventure filled time in the city. Check out some of the activities on offer in our top picks.
Sharing space with Pinkston Watersports, the Glasgow Wake Park offers an exhilarating wakeboard experience (like snowboarding on water!). It’s an excellent spot to try wakeboarding for the first time or perfect your moves, with friendly instructors on hand and a cable tow to replicate the full experience.
Pinkston Watersports is a brilliant paddlesports centre and is home to Scotland's only artificial whitewater rapids course. Located less than a mile from Glasgow city centre, there are activities available for any level including open water swimming, kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting and much more.
Hold on to your hat! Take a speedy boat trip from the Riverside Museum and Tall Ship towards the city centre on the iconic River Clyde with Seaforce. Or if you fancy a longer trip, you can whizz all the way up the Clyde estuary on the scenic Dumbarton Castle tour.
With kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and even yoga on a stand-up paddle board, West End Adventure offer lots of great water-based activities for all ages along the Forth and Clyde canal.
Probably one of the most unique modes of transport between Scotland’s two biggest cities, why not canoe between Glasgow and Edinburgh? Travel along the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals on Scottish Canal's trail, paddling through the iconic Falkirk Wheel on the way, and take in the beauty of Central Scotland from the water.
Experience a unique tour of Scotland’s busiest transport hub with Glasgow Central Station Tours. This behind the scenes tour lets you explore areas of Central Station that you’ll never have known existed. Explore underground passageways beneath Glasgow’s streets, visit railway vaults and hear stories of the people who have stood on the platform.
Enjoy superb off-road driving in the hills above Loch Lomond with 4x4 Adventures Scotland. Your Land Rover comes complete with a friendly, kilted guide who can arrange transport from and to Glasgow if required.
You don’t need to be an elite athlete to experience and ride the track at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The track, which was the venue for the indoor cycling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, is open for all to enjoy. Why not book a coached introductory family session or even become an accredited velodrome rider.
Explore the south of the city and head to Cathkin Braes for over 9km of thrilling mountain bike trails. There are glorious views of Glasgow too!
Give BMX a go! Ride on the same course as athletes of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and on Scotland’s only Olympic standard BMX track. With an 8m starting hill, jumps and banked corners – it’s sure to give you a rush of adrenaline. For an induction session, all safety equipment and a BMX bike will be provided.
For electric power over pedal power, head to Linn Park and experience the brand new indoor electric bike arena, iMotoX. The 48,000 sq ft dirt park has three tracks; one to suit small kids, one for learners and a challenging track with jumps and berms for the more experienced, with helpful instructors onsite.
If you're looking to take it a bit easier and do a bit of sightseeing along the way then join Glasgow Bike Tours for a close up view of the city. Visit locations where you can see spectacular views of the city, not possible by bus or car. The tour route is generally flat and has been designed using cycle paths, river and canal pathways and minor roads with very little traffic. Your friendly guide will share their enthusiasm for Glasgow’s fantastic culture, architecture and history with you.
Located at the intu Braehead Shopping Centre, you can ski, snowboard and sledge at Snow Factor on their indoor slopes, with real snow! Perfect for the whole family, they even offer Snow Dogz sessions, where your dog can enjoy some of the white stuff too.
The Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre, set within picturesque Bellahouston Park, has several dry slopes so can you keep up with your winter sport training all year round. Offering ski and snowboard lessons for the whole family, tubing and open practice times.
An exciting, new venue for urban adventure seekers, Clip n'Climb at Kelvin Hall has a range of climbing challenges suitable for the whole family. And if you're feeling really brave, you can take on the 'Leap of Faith'.
With slabs, vertical walls, overhangs, two dedicated bouldering areas and lots of friendly instructors on hand, the facilities at the Glasgow Climbing Centre suit all levels and styles of climbers. It's 16m to the top of the highest route!
That’s right! You can experience ice climbing in Glasgow without venturing into the great outdoors. Snow Factor at intu Braehead Shopping Centre has a 12m real ice wall for you to perfect your skills. New to ice climbing? Try a taster session where you’ll be provided with all of the required equipment.
Height or age restrictions may apply for some climbing activities, so be sure to check these out before you go.
And after an action-packed day, check out some of the other top things to do in Glasgow.
Article last updated: July, 2019