- Loch Lomond
- The Semple Trail
- The River Clyde, Glasgow
- Rouken Glen
- The Glasgow Subway
- The Glasgow Museums
- Chatelherault Country Park
- Glasgow Sports Venues
- Lunderston Bay
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The West of Scotland is lucky to have an executive which cuts prices for both travellers and commuters across the area, this passenger transport executive is known as SPT.
One of the best things brought by SPT is the terrific Daytripper ticket. This ticket allows unlimited day travel on trains, buses, the Subway and ferries within Strathclyde all for £11.50 for 1 adult and 2 children and £20.30 for 2 adults and 4 children.
As someone who travels almost every week through Strathclyde, I know how much of a godsend this ticket really is - a great way to see the sights for a very reasonable price.
A visit to Britain’s largest lake is always a possibility with the Daytripper, with buses and 3 train stations along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.
Alighting at Balloch is probably the best option for travellers, as it is served with far more frequent trains than the other stations. A short walk from here will take you to the relatively new Loch Lomond Shores - for some shopping, a bite to eat and maybe even a wee trip to the Aquarium.
The Semple Trail
The Semple Trail, in full, is 9 miles in length. One of the best sections of the route is between Lochwinnoch and Howwood railway stations.
Should you choose to walk along this section, your exercise will be rewarded with the stunning Castle Semple Loch and the pristine temple on the top of Kenmuir Hill.
</br> A word of warning - the alternative track around the temple is very boggy; and be prepared for an encounter with grazing castle. There is an RSPB nature reserve on the south shore of Castle Semple Loch.
Both Lochwinnoch and Howwood are served with half-hourly trains from Glasgow.
One of the most picturesque and inviting towns in the West of Scotland is Largs - only an hour away on the train from Glasgow. When you arrive in Largs, you will have their viking history thrown in your face, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing either. You could perhaps go for a nice swim in Vikingar, the leisure centre adjacent to the promenade.
The River Clyde, Glasgow
The banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow’s inner city is definitely one of the best walks to do in the West of Scotland for 2 reasons : it’s not physically taxing at all and it’s very rewarding, with lots of fantastic architecture on display.
</br> Some of Glasgow’s best and most infamous sights are located along the Clyde - the Tall Ship, Riverside Museum, Glasgow Tower, Squinty Bridge, SSE Hydro and the Finnieston Crane, to name a few.
A hidden gem located in East Renfrewshire, Rouken Glen is a beautiful and concise green space featuring a walled garden, waterfalls and forest walks.
</br>The waterfalls are some of the most spectacular in Strathclyde, formed in a complete system. Alongside the Boating Pond, situated a few minutes from the entrance, is the Boathouse - an acclaimed restaurant.
Whitecraigs railway stations is located right at the entrance to the park and can be accessed from a half hourly train from Glasgow.
The Glasgow Subway
Whilst most are likely to view the subway as a means of getting between their favourite tourist attractions in Glasgow, it indeed serves as a tourist attraction itself.
When you are coasting through the old plague pits of Glasgow, take a moment to think of the architectural genius you have subscribed to. The very tunnels you rattle through on these trains are right underneath the city’s rivers and streets - all carved in the 19th century!
And, with a full circle only taking 24 minutes to complete, there is always time for a wee jaunt on the subway.
The Glasgow Museums
Glasgow has became known for its excellent museums, all of which are very accessible. Although, there are 3 standout museums (not to deduce the quality of others, which are great too):
All of these museums have a great collection of exhibits, and are fantastic in their own rights.
However, the best quality of these museums is that they are free of charge for visitors.
Chatelherault Country Park
Chatelherault is located on the outskirts of Hamilton. Chatelherault is a country park that has it all - a large population of badgers, a huge playpark for children, centuries-old trees, beautiful rivers and antiquated bridges.
One of the main draws to this park, however is the stunning and massive Chatelherault House, home of the Old Duke of Hamilton, surrounded by its own walled garden. There are even stunning views over Glasgow to the Campsies.
What’s more, the park has Chatelherault Railway Station a few yards from its entrance.
Glasgow Sports Venues
As Glasgow welcomed the Commonwealth Games in 2014, brand new sports venues were constructed ie, Hydro, Emirates Arena etc, all adding to the original venues ie Ibrox and Hampden Park.
All of these venues are stunning architecturally and can be accessed easily with the city’s bus, train and subway systems - all of which are included in the ticket.
Lunderston Bay is found along the Firth of Clyde, between Gourock and Inverkip.
Lunderston Bay’s water quality is relatively unparalleled in the Firth of Clyde - for which there has been numerous awards won. It is also the closest sandy beach to Glasgow.
The only downside of Lunderston Bay is its location, which is why I have left this to the end. You would have to walk from Inverkip or Gourock stations, the latter of which is further away.
</br>They are served with hourly and quarter-hourly services from Glasgow Central respectively.