A First-Timer’s Visit to Glasgow & the Scottish Highlands

I’m really not surprised that I loved every minute of my time in Scotland. After my charming visit to Edinburgh, I was excited to see what this first-timer’s visit to Glasgow and the Highlands had in store. I think what surprised me the most is how easy it is to see so much of the country. After arriving in Glasgow, we explored the city for the day and then head out to the Loch Lomond and the Highlands the next morning. It was all a very easy day trip, made especially easy by our tour guide, Andy, and her Mini Kilt Tours.

Glasgow

Glasgow, Scotland | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray
Glasgow, Scotland | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray
Glasgow, Scotland | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray

Excited for our weekend itinerary, we arrived at the Hermitage Club ready to tackle the slopes. The bus driver dropped us off right in front of the Hermitage Club and helped us unload all of our gear. We head inside to change and grab our skis. After some skiing and snowmobiling, we grabbed lunch in their cafe, enjoyed an afternoon of more skiing and then head over to their inn for happy hour.

Glasgow, Scotland | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray
Glasgow, Scotland | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray
Glasgow, Scotland | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray
Glasgow, Scotland | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond, Scotland, Highlands | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray

If you ever visit Glasgow or Edinburgh, it is an absolute requirement to visit Loch Lomond. Only 45 minutes to an hour away from the cities, Loch Lomond is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Rent a car, schedule a tour guide, whatever. There are lots of options for day trips to the Highlands.

If you have a little more time in Loch Lomond, I highly recommend making a stop at Quadmania. Quadmania offers clay shooting, archery and quad biking. Do all of them, but especially do the quad biking. It’s an incredible way to see the countryside. And so much freaking fun!

Loch Lomond, Scotland, Highlands | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray
Loch Lomond, Scotland, Highlands | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray
Loch Lomond, Scotland, Highlands | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray
Loch Lomond, Scotland, Highlands | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray
Loch Lomond, Scotland, Highlands | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray

Luss

Luss, Scotland, Highlands | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray
Luss, Scotland, Highlands | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray

On your way in or out of Loch Lomond, make a stop in Luss. Luss is a picturesque village located in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and is the perfect quaint locale for a quiet getaway or a stopover while exploring the park. (Or even a spa day at the nearby Spa at Cameron House.)

If you visit during mealtime, check out the Luss Seafood Bar. They have the absolute freshest seafood. Trust me, you’ll be happy with your choice for lunch, dinner or even a snack.

Before or after your meal, make sure you stroll through the village down to the waterfront. There are amazing 360 degree views of Loch Lomond. (I took SO.MANY.PICTURES.)

Luss, Scotland, Highlands | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray

This trip was a dream come true! A million thank yous to Visit BritainVisit Scotland and Love Loch Lomond for inviting me to visit Edinburgh, Glasgow and Loch Lomond! Shout out to Norwegian Airlines for my flights to Edinburgh. If you’re interested in visiting Scotland, learn more at www.visitbritain.com. All opinions and images are my own. 

If you want to check out my other travel adventures, head over to my Travel section.

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