Scotland’s cities are rife with incredible attractions, hidden nooks and crannies, iconic streets with interesting pasts, as well as music, culture and more to explore. We understand that you probably want to experience as much of these, and more, on your city break as possible, so why not consider a city tour?
Glasgow offers a range of exciting and immersive tours throughout the city that covers a variety of themes and topics, from art, music and film, to food & drink, history and more. Many companies offer a free walking tour of Glasgow which are easy to slot into your day of uncovering this magnificent city.
1. Glasgow Street Art Walking Tour
If you’ve ever been to Glasgow, you may have stumbled across some street art, or even a massive art mural scaling the side of a building. Glasgow is home to many of these works of art and with Glasgow Street Art Walking Tour you can explore many more of these creative feats. Head out with your knowledgeable guide on a Glasgow city tour where you can see up close over 8 murals, including ‘Fellow Glasgow Residents’ by Smug, ‘The World’s Most Economical Taxi’ by Rogue-One, and the ‘Glasgow Panda’ by Klingatron/James Klinge.
Immerse yourself in the real Glasgow, where you’ll venture under bridges, through hidden lanes and alleys, uncovering some of the city’s most beautiful pieces of art, all with a local, expert guide. These intricate pieces range from world-renowned artists, to local up-and-coming creative geniuses, providing a varied and fascinating world of art to get involved in.
Meeting Point: outside The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane
When: every day at 2pm, all year round
Length: 1.5 hours
2. Film Fanatics Walking Tour
In collaboration with Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow Walking Tours are excited to introduce their Film Fanatics Walking Tour. Covering all the blockbuster hotspots across the city where some of your favourite shows and movies were filmed, you can relive the exciting scenes in these recognisable locations.
From Outlander to Trainspotting, explore the streets and buildings that brought your favourite cinematic moments to life. Along the way, your experienced guide will let you in on the vibrant history of theatre and film culture, as well as showcasing the many talented actors that were born and raised in Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.
Meeting Point: George Square
Price: £65pp (up to 6 people)
Length: 1.5 hours
3. Charles Rennie Mackintosh Guided Tours
If you’re familiar with Glasgow’s art and culture scene, then you may have heard of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A famed architect, artist and designer, Mackintosh influenced and shaped the growth of Glasgow and today, you can visit many locations and attractions that showcase his incredible works of art and design that he is renowned for.
Explore the city and uncover all the artistic connections along the way, soak in Mackintosh’s subtle, yet unmistakable designs, from beautiful wood and stone carvings, to stained glass and his clever play on light and dark. You can also delve into an era of Mackintosh design, exploring his contemporaries and discovering the architecture that shaped post-Victorian Glasgow on a walking tour of the city.
This special tour is in collaboration with Mackintosh at the Willow and Experience Glasgow. Join in the fun and wander the streets of Mackintosh’s home city to experience and witness his lasting legacy.
Start Point: varies on tour
Price: varies on tour
Length: varies on tour
4. Eat Walk Glasgow
If you’re a foodie fanatic, you’ve come to the right place! Glasgow is a bustling city full of amazing food and drink cafes, bars and restaurants, and a food-themed walking tour is a great way to uncover these spots whilst taking in the sights of the city. Along this Glasgow city tour, you’ll stop off at five great locations to tuck into tasty, locally-sourced food, with three of the stops also offering drink tastings too.
As you wander around the city with your expert guide, you’ll have your own audio headset so you can listen to the guide tell you all about Glasgow’s rich history, as well as venue recommendations for other places to eat too.
Start Point: available at time of booking
When: available 1pm Mon – Sun and 5pm Mon – Thurs
Price: £69 pp (up to 8 people)
Length: 3-3.5 hours
5. Glasgow Music City Tours
Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music, and with hundreds of venues, locations and hidden gem music spaces, you can guarantee a toe-tapping time if you venture on a music-themed walking tour. Enjoy an entertaining, lively and memorable time as you uncover the history and secrets of Glasgow’s music scene. With a friendly and knowledgeable guide in tow, you can hear all about the tales from the heyday of the late, check out the home of Celtic Connections, and marvel at the many successful bands that started out at King Tut’s.
Finishing the tour at the famous venue of King Tut’s, you’ll have the opportunity to follow in the early footsteps of Oasis, Blur, and the Manic Street Preachers. You may even get the chance to stand under the glowing lights and grab a selfie on the stage that helped launch so many great acts, musicians and performers.
Start Point: entrance of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Sauchiehall Street
When: 2pm on Sundays
Price: from £13
Length: 2 hours
6. ScotBeer Tours
Uncover the history of Glasgow through a beer tasting tour with ScotBeer Tours. Stopping off at three unique beer venues, enjoy a tipple of a delicious new beer as you hear the fascinating tales and stories of the people who built Scotland’s largest city, and how it later became the largest exporter of bottled beer in the world. Wander through Glasgow’s New Town and head to famed breweries to sample award-winning Scottish beer with local experts.
Start Point: outside The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel (look for the yellow umbrella)
Price: £35 per person, £32 per person for groups
Length: 2 hours
7. The Clydeside Distillery Tour
Book a tour at Clydeside Distillery to dive into the history of the distillery, the whisky making process, hear fascinating stories told by your expert guides, and sample exquisite drams in the stylish Tasting Room or exclusive Blender’s Room.
Choose from three exceptional tours; The Clydeside Distillery, Chocolate & Whisky, and the Distillery Manager’s Tour, or arrange a private, bespoke tour, where each will offer a unique insight into the distillery, with food and whisky tasting experiences, a look behind the scenes, and much more.
Start Point: The Clydeside Distillery
Price: from £15pp
Length: 1-2 hours
8. Glasgow Bike Tours
Cruise the city centre in style with a unique bike tour. Spend a morning or afternoon pedalling around some of Glasgow’s top sights, buildings, attractions and iconic gems; including The People’s Palace, the Clyde Waterfront, the chic West End, incredible Victorian sandstone buildings and Glasgow University, to name a few.
The route is easy and laidback so you can soak in the culture and atmosphere of this vibrant city with your knowledgeable guide leading the way. As well as touring with likeminded people, cycling is a very green form of transport, so you can sleep well knowing you did your bit for the environment too.
All bikes and helmets are provided on the day, or if you fancy, you can bring your own bike along with you instead and receive a £5 discount.
Start Point: Drygate Brewing Co.
When: 10:30am and 2:30pm
Price: from £30
Length: 3 hours
Although Glasgow is bursting at the seams with incredible things to see, do and explore, there is also a whole other world surrounding the city that is definitely worth discovering. Glascotours offers flexible and customised day tours from Glasgow to see many iconic locations, all within close proximity and easy access.
If you fancy a tipple or two, Glengoyne and Auchentoshan Distilleries are nearby and offer a great day out exploring the history of the distillery and whisky making process.
Elsewhere, the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond are only a 30-minute drive from Glasgow, as well as all of Stirling’s gems situated less than an hour’s drive away. Or if you fancy venturing slightly further afield, St Andrews can be reached in 2 hours and is renowned for its golf courses and links, as well as many historic attractions you can uncover too.
These are just a few examples of the places that you can explore on a day tour. Get in touch with Glascotours for more options and ideas.
Glascotours also offers multi-day tours, so if you fancy exploring that little bit longer, they’ve got that covered too.
Start Point: varied
Price: from £300
Length: varies on tour
10. Invisible Cities
A tour with a twist! Invisible Cities is an incredible initiative whereby they offer exceptional tours across a range of cities, whilst being a social enterprise. They use 100% of their profits to support their trainees and guides, who at some point in their lives have faced homelessness, further with their development. This could be through more training, accessing employment or other opportunities, and to raise awareness of the social issues faced by our beloved cities.
The tours themselves are friendly, fun and encompass fascinating highlights across Glasgow, whilst exploring some of the social projects that make the city what it is. Starting at Glasgow Green, delve into the gripping stories of Glasgow’s dark past and listen in to the contemporary details of Scotland’s largest city, before finishing off at the Duke of Wellington Statue.
Invisible Cities also offers tours in Edinburgh too.
Start Point: Glasgow Green
Price: £15 pp
Length: 1.5 hours