Image: Elgol, Isle of Skye

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7 Days of Iconic Sightseeing in The West of Scotland

The west of Scotland has it all: culture, castles, striking islands, seafood specialities, towering mountains and mystical lochs. Take a scenic drive from Glasgow, and see all the top sights for yourself, experiencing the irresistible charm of the locals at every stop.

Luckily, we've planned it all out for you with this seven-day itinerary. See how much you can pack into your trip!

Start / Finish
Glasgow / Glasgow
  • Days
    7
  • Distance
    341 Miles

    545.6 km
  • Transport
    Boat
  • Main theme
    Sightseeing
Highlights
Tobermory
Eilean Donan Castle
Talisker Distillery
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Areas covered
West

Day 1 Glasgow

Transport:
Bus
Walking

Begin with a day discovering Glasgow's culture. Scotland's biggest city is renowned for its style, energy and huge personality, so it's a perfect place to start. 

  • Glasgow City Sightseeing Tour Glasgow

    Image: Glasgow

    See all the city's best bits from the top seat of a double decker bus! With multi-lingual guided tours, a great view of the city and plenty of fascinating facts, this is a fabulous way to get acquainted with a brand new city.

    Find out more about Glasgow City Sightseeing Tour
  • The Lighthouse Glasgow City Centre

    Image: Helical staircase in the Mackintosh Tower

    Right in the heart of Glasgow, The Lighthouse is Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture. Housed in the former Glasgow Herald building, it was the first public commission of Glasgow's own Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Admire the panoramic views of the city from the top floor, and check out the artworks and exhibitions on display.

    Find out more about The Lighthouse
    11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow City Centre, G1 3NU
    Key facilities
    • WiFi
    • Hearing Loop
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Accessible toilets
    • Level Access
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking
    • Cafe or Restaurant
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Glasgow West End

    Image: Exterior of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Glasgow's trendy West End is home to Kelvingrove, a free museum packed with over 8,000 intriguing objects and artefacts. The museum houses an extraordinary collection of art, from the Dutch Old Masters and the French Impressionists, to perhaps its most famous piece, Christ of St John of the Cross by Salvador Dali.

    Find out more about Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
    Argyle Street, Glasgow West End, G3 8AG

    Closed

    Provisionally open Wednesdays 10:00 to 17:00.

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum: Check opening times

    Free entry

    Key facilities
    • Hearing Loop
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Accessible toilets
    • Level Access
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking
  • Shop in Glasgow's West End Glasgow

    Image: Friends enjoying a night out in Ashton Lane in the West End of Glasgow

    © VisitScotland / Kate Abbey

    Afterwards, take a wander along Byres Road, a pleasant, bustling street lined with a variety of independent shops. You'll find some great places to eat and drink in this part of town - be sure to try Ashton Lane for a few local favourite spots. Glasgow also has superb accommodation options, so you can rest and recharge your batteries after a busy day in the city.

    Find out more about Shop in Glasgow's West End

Day 2 Glasgow to Loch Lomond

Transport:
Car

Leave the city in your rear view mirror and drive towards the 'bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond. Here, you can start to unwind with a spot of pampering and a big dose of fresh air. You can rent a car in Glasgow from several locations, and the drive to Loch Lomond should take about an hour and a half. 

  • Cameron House on Loch Lomond Arden

    Image: Cameron House On Loch Lomond

    Indulge with a lengthy luncheon at this magnificent baronial mansion, where you'll find a selection of restaurants and brasseries, including the Michelin-star Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond. Golfers can tee off at the 18-hole championship course, and there's a tranquil spa, complete with a rooftop infinity pool.

    Find out more about Cameron House on Loch Lomond
    Cameron House On Loch Lomond, Arden, G83 8QZ
    Key facilities
    • Wet room or level entry shower
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Level Access
    • Parking
    • WiFi
    • Breakfast Available
  • Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Loch Lomond Area

    Image: Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

    Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is a hiker's paradise, with stunning vistas in every direction. Lace up your boots and explore the Luss Heritage Trail, a lovely short walk around a quaint loch-side village. Or, why not spend another day here and challenge yourself to something a little more strenuous? The most southerly Munro Ben LomondBen A'an, and The Cobbler are all rewarding climbs nearby.

    Find out more about Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
  • An Ceann Mòr, Inveruglus Tarbet

    Image: Looking out over Loch Lomond from Inveruglas.

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Take in the glorious views of Loch Lomond from the top of this 8 m high, pyramid-shaped viewing platform on the west side of the loch, made entirely from sustainable timber. The perfect spot for a selfie! 

    Find out more about An Ceann Mòr, Inveruglus
    Tarbet

Day 3 Loch Lomond to Oban

Day 4 Glencoe

Day 5 The Road to Skye

Day 6 North Skye

Day 7 Heading Home

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