Once in a Lifetime: Glasgow

By: Katie Manning

January 10, 2013


We love Glasgow. It’s a city with some extraordinary possibilities, from its vibrant arts scene and architecture to its attractions and shopping emporiums. For a true taste of what this city has in store, check out these, some of our favourite experiences.

Loch Lomond Seaplanes

Loch Lomond Seaplanes | GlasgowLoch Lomond Seaplanes © Loch Lomond Seaplanes

We’re big fans of this stylish tour, which takes to the skies from either the banks of Loch Lomond, or from a purposed floating dock beside the Science Centre on the Clyde, handily located within the city. Tours vary from beautiful scenic tours to a fly-by and drop off at some of Scotland’s most beautiful restaurants for lunch or dinner. Intimate for two or great fun for a family. Loch Lomond & Glasgow, +44 1436 675030,, tours are year round call ahead to book.

Glengoyne Distillery

Glengoyne DistilleryGlengoyne cask room © Glengoyne Distillery

No trip to Glasgow would be complete for us without a distillery tour to try Scotland’s national drink and we think Glengoyne, just 14 miles north of the city centre, is Scotland’s prettiest. Resident experts do a lovely job of talking you through Glengoyne’s 180-year history, with some nice anecdotes and tips about Scotland’s finest tipple. Tours vary from the basic Glengoyne Tour to the ultimate Masterclass. Dumgoyne, +44 1360 550 254,, Mar-Nov 10am-last tour 4pm; Dec-Feb 10am-last tour 3pm.

Walk Ben Lomond

View from Ben Lomond
View from Loch Lomond © Anna Millar

Climbing a mountain might not be everyone’s idea of a relaxing break, but for us, bagging a Munro (the highest of Scotland’s mountains at over 3000ft), offers reward far beyond blisters and achy joints. Just a short 35 minute drive or train ride from the city centre lies the “˜Glasgwegian’s Munro’ Ben Lomond, which offers a fairly straightforward “˜tourist path’ up, and stunning views of the Loch and Trossachs from its peak. We start at Rowerdennan, Glasgow,

Golf at The Carrick

The Carrick | Glasgow Golf at The Carrick © Carrick Club and Spa

You don’t need to have Colin Montgomerie or Tiger Woods’ form – we certainly don’t! – to enjoy a round of golf at one of Glasgow’s many courses. And with Scotland’s reputation as the home of golf, everyone’s welcome. We like The Carrick because it is only 25 minutes drive from Glasgow Airport and plays host to one of Scotland’s newest championship courses. Our favourite way to round the day off is with a dip in the Carrick Spa’s decadent rooftop infinity pool. Loch Lomond, +44 1389 755 565,

Subcrawl on the Clockwork Orange

Subcrawl on the Clockwork Orange | GlasgowSubcrawl on the Clockwork Orange, map © SPT

We’re big fans of this Glasgow institution, which takes you on a circular navigation of Glasgow’s underground (known locally as the Clockwork Orange, fact fans) to pub (or sub) crawl around the 15 stops. To save ourselves the time (and hangover), we sometimes head straight for five of Glasgow’s best bars en route: The Horse Shoe at Buchanan Street, The Lismore at Kelvinhall, The Ubiquitous Chip at Hillhead, The Doublet at Kelvinbridge, and finally The Roxy 171 at St George’s Cross. The crawl starts from Buchanan St Underground, end St George’s Cross,


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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