CANNY travellers have revealed their favourite days out from Glasgow on a tight budget.
Daytrippers are urging people to get out of the city to top destinations – with some costing less than a tenner.
The list was compiled after a question was posted on a Glasgow forum of social media site Reddit.
Trips include taking the ferry from Largs, Ayrshire, to hill trekking in the early morning and catching one of the best sunrises in the world.
A highlight for some travellers is Ben Vrackie, in Perthshire. Hikers can scale the picturesque peak after getting a £9.20 rail ticket from Queen Street to nearby Pitlochry.
Polish hiker Pietrach, who has trekked across Europe, told of his joy after catching a sunrise from the top of the mountain after on an early morning climb.
He said: “This was a little bit of a spontaneous decision to walk up the Ben Vrackie. I had an opportunity to spend a weekend with my family in Pitlochry, and before I set off, I took my hill-walking gear with me.
“We chose the typical route up the Ben Vrackie, between the Creag Bhreac and Meall na h-Aodainn Moire, up to the Loch a’Choire, and then steep up the southern slopes to the summit.
“We got to the summit around 5.30am. It was still dark but with the sunrise only 30min away it was getting brighter every minute. I explored some nice spots for photography, set up my time lapse camera and then enjoyed the spectacle.
He added: “The sunrise was absolutely beautiful. Every time I experience a moment like this it feels so special. To me it always puts life, and other everyday problems, into perspective.”
Other Glaswegians have told how they head doon the watter to Rothesay – like generations before them. A train ticket from Glasgow to Bute costs around £13, including include the ferry.
The island has a string of attractions, from the castle, museum, wild swimming spots – and a variety of wildlife including basking sharks, seals and seabirds.
A VisitScotland spokesperson said: “Generations of Glaswegians have enjoyed visits to the Clyde Islands. On the Isle of Bute, in Rothesay, visitors can enjoy the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre where our iCentre is based, Bute Museum or take in the views from Ettrick Bay.
“And for the spring and summer months Mount Stuart House & Gardens on the Isle of
Bute and historic Paddle steamer Waverley are excellent attractions.”
Another Firth of Clyde Isle pulls in the crowds, too. Cumbrae is reached after a short ferry trip from Largs, for around the same price as a trip to Bute. Its only town is Millport, a beach community on the south coast with a Victorian promenade that winds around a steep bay.
Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, open-canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding,yachting, dinghy sailing, windsurfing, and power boating.
VisitScotland said: “Millport on Cumbrae has Britain’s smallest cathedral, the Cathedral of the Isles, the Museum of the Cumbraes, Robertson Museum and Aquarium, as well as being enjoyable to explore on foot or by bike.”
They added: “Glasgow is the gateway to Scotland and visitors can use the city as an ideal base for exploring nearby Ayrshire and Arran and Argyll and Bute.”
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