5 must-visit places within an hour of Glasgow

Scotland is an amazing place to be! Whatever the weather, whatever the season, there is always something to do or somewhere to be explored in our scenic small country.

What are your plans for the weekend? Need some inspiration?

Here, we tell you about 5 must-visit places within an hour of Glasgow that you must visit, and why….


A path leading up the hill in Glasgow's Victorian Necropolis cemetery. Lit by the evening winter sun.


1. Glasgow Necropolis: Okay, so visiting a graveyard doesn’t sound like much fun, but The Necropolis in Glasgow is like no other graveyard. Perched high on a hill overlooking the entire city, the Necropolis is a Victorian cemetery that is considered a “feat of architectural brilliance”. Admire the ancient headstones and watch the sun set over Glasgow Cathedral.

Want to know more about the historic cemetery? Consider booking yourself on a Friends of Glasgow Necropolis walking tour which is available on a Friday evening and during the day at weekends on selected dates. Click here: Glasgow Necropolis for details.


Hunting Lodge



2. Chatelherault Country Park: Just half-an-hour from Glasgow is Chatelherault Country Park, a five-star visitor attraction in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. If you have not visited the visitor centre, gallery, banqueting hall, then you ought to as it has been described as a “jewel in the landscape”.

Built in 1732, the country park’s dominant building (pictured above) was originally created for the Dukes of Hamilton and is surrounded by 500 acres of countryside and 10 miles of pathways for walking.

Now, besides being a tourist attraction, the country park is now a leading venue for weddings, functions and conferences. For more information, click here: Chatelherault



3.Glasgow - The Boathouse Loch Lomdon

Picture courtesy of www.cameronhouse.co.uk


3. Loch Lomond: A trip to Loch Lomond is a must. Even if you have visited the bonnie, bonnie banks, you can never tire of its breathtaking scenery.

It looks dramatically different depending on which season it is, which means you need to visit at least four times a year to see it in all its glory!

You could spend an afternoon strolling along the banks of the loch, or exploring Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, or book a speed boat tour on the water! For shopaholics, head to Loch Lomond Shores and grab some lunch or dinner at The Boathouse (pictured above) which overlooks the marina.



Glasgow, United Kingdom - October 20, 2013: People come to walk around and shop the merchandise set out for sale at the McIver's Market warehouse located in the historic Barras Market Place flea market.



4. The Barras: Located in the east end of Glasgow, The Barras Market is a Glasgow institution. The world-famous Barras (next to the famous Barrowlands Ballroom) is an outdoor market which has attracted bargain hunters every weekend for almost 100 years.

Its heyday was in the 1950s, but to this day, the colourful stallholders are still as cheery as they were then, despite the decline in the shopper numbers.

If you have never been, it’s definitely worth experiencing once, so why not have a walk through the Barras’ famous imposing gates, browse around the market stalls, and take in the sights and the sounds?

For more information, visit The Barras Market.




The Falkirk Wheel, named after the nearby town of Falkirk in Central Scotland, is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The two canals were previously connected by a series of 11 locks, but by the 1930s these had fallen into disuse, were filled in and the land built upon.



5. The Falkirk Wheel: The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s only rotating boat lift! Operated by Scottish Canals, the huge steel structure is regarded as an engineering feat that sits on the Union Canal.

Construction work on the ambitious ‘Millennium Link’ project began in 1998 – and cost £84.5million. The aim was to connect the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals, and the result was the 1,200 tonne Wheel which was officially opened in 2002.

Today, there are plenty of family-themed activities at the Falkirk Wheel, including a boat trip on the Wheel itself or you could hire a bike and enjoy a cycle along the towpath?



 How many have you visited? Anywhere we have missed?
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Laura Coventry