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Isle of Mull and Iona 3-Day Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

1. Isle of Mull and Iona 3-Day Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

On your first day, saunter around Loch Lomond in the pretty village of Luss. Find the perfect spot to drink a coffee and sing the ‘Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond.’ Journey with your driver through the unforgettable landscapes of Glencoe before a lunch stop at the traditional Clachaig Inn. Hop on a 10-minute ferry to a mountainous peninsula and travel to the port of Lochaline. Board another ferry and make your way to the east coast of Mull. Admire the abundant wild nature in Aros Park, a beautiful area boasting waterfalls and forest footpaths. In the early evening, arrive in Tobermory with time to wander where you will spend the night. The next morning travel past epic mountains to the south of Mull. Take a ferry to two of the most mysterious and dramatic locations in the region, Iona Abbey and Fingal’s Cave. After satisfying your adventurous spirit, head north back to Tobermory where you can perhaps try the seafood before your second overnight stay. On the third day, travel south to Craignure and catch a ferry back to the mainland. When you arrive in Oban, taste the fantastic local seafood and wander around this Victorian harbor town. Venture to Kilmartin Glen, an archaeologist’s dream. Discover around 800 ancient monuments, including burial chambers, rock carvings, standing stones, castles and more within this area. Enjoy learning about the significance of these monuments from your driver-guide. Make a final overnight stop in Inverary, a gorgeous little town which boasts an impressive view over Loch Fyne. Return to Glasgow the following morning.

Glasgow: Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local

2. Glasgow: Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local

Avoid the usual sightseeing tours and discover the beautiful city of Glasgow through the eyes of a local. Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get assigned a local host who is passionate about the city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Meet where you are staying to get familiar with the neighborhood and find out about the best places to eat and drink. Discover hidden gems you might otherwise miss and get tips on the easiest ways to get around. Chat about cultural differences, hear about local events and learn what it is really like to live in the city. Feel more comfortable navigating your way around on your own and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of the rest of your stay.

Glasgow's Music Mile Tour

3. Glasgow's Music Mile Tour

From the Royal Concert Hall to King Tut’s, the tour is a whistle-stop guide around Glasgow city center, an area teeming with music venues from the past and present. First, listen to the Apollo stories and check out the home of Celtic Connections. Hear tales from the heyday of the long gone Empire and listen to the legends from the late, lamented Apollo. The Conservatoire and Glasgow School of Art have both played a big role in the city's music scene and on this tour, you will listen to all the stories. Moving on to the Centre for Contemporary Arts and Nice 'n' Sleazy, the tour covers diverse genres and eras from dancehall and traditional jazz to punk, pop, and today's young guitar heroes. The music mile finishes at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut where you have the opportunity to follow in the early footsteps of Oasis, Blur and the Manic Street Preachers. Depending on access, you may have the chance to stand under the lights at King Tut’s and grab a selfie on the stage that helped launch so many great acts. Join the tour and explore a neighborhood rich in both musical myths and scuzzy backroom stages where the next generation of guitar heroes are paying their dues.

Merchant City: Past and Present Music Tour

4. Merchant City: Past and Present Music Tour

Share musical memories on this guided walking tour of the musical hot spots - past and present - in Glasgow's East End and Merchant City. Walk the oldest streets of Glasgow and avoid the usual tourist trails. The tour features tall tales, funny stories and fond recollections of great gigs. Starting at The Clutha, one of Glasgow's best loved live music pubs, the tour covers cherished venues such as the mighty Barrowland Ballroom and the venerable Britannia Panopticon – Britain’s oldest surviving music hall. During the tour, hear the story of the veteran venues which have found a new lease of life; the fertile relationship between the city’s visual arts community and its musicians; the legendary pubs frequented by folk music giants, and the newer, noisier upstarts that keep the grassroots scene growing. The tour finishes at the hip and happening Mono Café Bar where customers can enjoy a 25% discount on food. You don't need to be a music expert to enjoy the tour and even if you are, you may still learn new things. Jam-packed with anecdotes, the tour is designed to show a different side of Glasgow to both visitors and locals. The Merchant City has proved to be a creative stamping ground for everyone from Stan Laurel to Billy Connolly, Simple Minds and Franz Ferdinand. Take a tour of the area and find out why.  

Isle of Arran Adventure: 3-Day Small Group Tour from Glasgow

5. Isle of Arran Adventure: 3-Day Small Group Tour from Glasgow

Marvel at the wild and windswept scenery of Scotland’s west coast on a relaxed 3-day sightseeing tour, traveling by small minibus for a more intimate and personalized experience. You will spend the night on the Island of Arran, one of Scotland’s largest and most beautiful off-shore landscapes. Discover Neolithic standing stones, ruined castles, artisan craft shops, and microbreweries. Cross the famous Rest and Be Thankful mountain pass, learn about Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns at his birthplace, and enjoy country walks in Culzean Country Park. Day 1: Depart Glasgow at 10.00 and travel south west, where you can visit Whitelee Wind Farm, Europe’s largest wind farm generating enough energy to power 180,000 homes. Travel into Ayrshire to visit Culzean Castle, associated with the Kennedy family since the 14th century. Enjoy its dramatic cliff top setting, fine furniture, and beautiful architecture by the famous architect Robert Adam. Enjoy the walks in Culzean Country Park (entrance fee), with nearly 600 acres of stunning countryside and paths through majestic woodlands and secluded ponds. There is a café for lunch, or you may wish to have a picnic in the castle grounds. After lunch, head into the heart of Burns Country and learn about Scotland’s national poet. Continue to his birthplace in Alloway and discover many of the places mentioned in his poems and songs. Stop at the redeveloped visitor center to find out more about this remarkable man. Continue to Ardrossan to catch the ferry to the Isle of Arran. Arrive in Brodick, the largest village on the island, with stunning views of the imposing Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Brodick for the night. Day 2: Known as “Scotland in Miniature,” Arran is alive with wildlife, rugged countryside, beaches, pubs, restaurants, and cottage industries. There are many options for your day, depending on the weather and the groups interest. Your driver will arrange the best day for you. Explore the mountainous north, including Goatfell, believed to mean “Mountain of Wind.” Go to the village of Corrie and neighbouring Sannox to find some of the nicest beaches on the island. Discover the ruins of Lochranza Castle, and visit Arran Distillery, one of the last remaining independent distilleries in Scotland. See some of the stone circles and standing stones of the Neolithic and early Bronze Age. Travel south through the harbor villages of Blackwaterfoot, Sliddery, and Kildonan, stopping at the Arran Cheese Shop to taste local cheeses, or the family-owned Arran Aromatics to purchase bath products made only from natural ingredients. Marvel at Brodick Castle, and sample the beers of Arran Brewery, a microbrewery located in the shadow of the imposing red sandstone castle. Day 3: Today, return to the mainland via the small ferry that runs between Lochranza and Claonaig. The 30-minute crossing takes you to the lush green landscape of the Kintyre Penninsula, where you will travel the coastal road to the charming fishing village of Tarbert on the narrowest strip of land between the 2 bodies of water. In the past, ships would dock in one loch before their loads were carried across the peninsula to the other loch, where they were reloaded and shipped onwards, thus avoiding the dangerous Mull of Kintyre. Follow Loch Fyne to the whitewashed village of Inveraray, with some free time to explore and have lunch. Continue over the mountain pass “The Rest and Be Thankful.” From here, it’s a short drive to Luss and the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, before returning to Glasgow.

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What people are saying about Glasgow

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 82 reviews

I was late due to train delays and Joan was very understanding and still accommodated the extra 20 mins for me even I told her she didn't have to. Joan gave me a good mix of history snd lifestyle around Glasgow and really made me appreciate the landmarks and the murals. She also has walked me around key streets of Glasgow so I know my way round. I was pleased with the recommendations of restaurants, cosy pubs, novelty bars and the mini exchange centre. Made a lot of mental notes of places I want to visit further in Glasgow. Joan was extremely pleasant and really took the time to help me get familiar with the place.

Very nice tour, with a top guide, Cameron, who took us through the Highlands, Mull and Iona in a very entertaining way. Nice place to stay in Tobermory, but the staff and service at the hotel has significant potential for improvement. Despite the freak weather, an absolutely recommendable trip that we would definitely do again

The tour was really interesting and Fiona really brought the venues to life. She had tons of knowledge and relayed it to us in an informative and lighthearted way. I would really recommend the tour and now might book the other music tour around the east end.

Really enjoyed the music walking tour . Guide was really informative and friendly . Learned loads and was good atmosphere.

Very nice guide .. she knew everything about the city and had mapped out a nice route .. I felt very welcome!