10 things to do around Glasgow this summer that don’t require a car

We’re well under way into Scottish Summer and for those left in Glasgow without personal transport, cabin fever might already be setting in. There’s only so many times you can go for a few drinks on Ashton Lane, and your bank balance is suffering from all the brunch catch-ups you’ve been having, just to pass the time. However, fear not, we’ve compiled a cheap and cheerful list of things to do in and around Glasgow that don’t require a driver’s license.

  1. Loch Lomond

With beaut views and mini beaches Loch Lomond is perfect for a cheap sunny day out. A BBQ, a few beers, a speaker and you’re set. The loch is easily accessible by public transport – only a 34 minute train journey from Partick to Balloch Central. It also boasts a host of bookable activities such as pedalos, wakeboarding and banana boats.

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  1. Glasgow Wakepark

Glasgow Wakepark is a System 2.0 wakeboard park based in the city centre at the Port Dundas Canal. It is Scotland’s first Urban Wakepark and caters for beginners right up to experienced wakeboarders. If you don’t fancy travelling all the way to Loch Lomond for your watersports fix, then this is definitely the place for you.

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  1. Falls of Clyde and New Lanark

The Falls of Clyde and New Lanark are about an hour away by train from Glasgow Central to Lanark and are home to some spectacular views and interesting history. A wander round the falls is around 3 miles but extremely worth it – so bring your walking boots. The Falls are adjacent to the New Lanark World Heritage site; an 18th Century Mill Village which is home to an award winning visitor centre and restaurant to refuel after your walk.

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  1. The Necropolis and Glasgow Cathedral

Another good one for a sunny day – the Necropolis. As grim as it may sound, this Victorian garden cemetery adjacent to Glasgow Cathedral is filled with great architecture and interesting stories. It even has some stunning views over the city from the top most point. Guided tours can be arranged or you can tour it on your own. Be sure to check out the Cathedral while you’re there too.

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  1. The Willow Tearooms

Following the recent fire at The Glasgow School of Art, perhaps now is a more appropriate time than ever to visit one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s other famous constructions in the city centre. Following a 10 million pound restoration The Willow Tearooms will be reopening on the 2nd of July 2018. The Tearooms and Visitor Centre will be opening under the new name of “Mackintosh at the Willow” and will include a 200 seat restaurant, interactive exhibition area and dedicated learning and education facilities.

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  1. The Lighthouse

Another one of Rennie Mackintosh’s works, The Lighthouse is just off Buchannan Street. It’s free entry and after a climb to the top, has some fantastic views over the city.

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  1. Kelvingrove Museum, Bowling Green and Tennis Courts

A full day out in itself. An often forgotten treasure of the West End, Kelvingrove Museum hosts a series of interesting specialist exhibitions all year round. After experiencing all the museum has to see there is also free bowling green and tennis court hire right outside the front door – or Kelvingrove Park just down the street.

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  1. Riverside Museum

Glasgow’s award-winning transport museum is worth a gander this summer. With over 3000 objects on display and some hands-on interactive displays, you can really get to grips with Glasgow’s old public transport and its rich shipbuilding history.

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  1. The Science Centre

Whether you’re 8 or 80, everyone loves the Science Centre. Embrace your inner child and find out some pretty cool science stuff too.

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  1. Edinburgh

As much as it’s Glasgow’s rival, we have to admit, Edinburgh is brilliant for a day out. Arthur’s Seat, The Fringe, Camera Obscura, Ghost Tours – Edinburgh has plenty to see and do, only an hour train ride from Glasgow. If you haven’t already, make sure you check it out.

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Lucy Donaldson


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