We do love a good walk every now and then, and it becomes even better when it involves waterfalls. So, we’ve gathered up the most stunning waterfalls not too far from Glasgow for you to marvel at and have the best day trip ever.
1. Loup of Fintry
This absolute marvel is one of the most spectacular waterfall walks about, and it’s only a mere 45 minutes away from Glasgow. You’ll need to find a parking spot along the little country lane nearby and public transport does not go to Loup of Fintry. Once you’ve snagged a space in the car park, it’s an easy five minute amble to the waterfall itself. It can, however, be a muddy one, so we recommend you bring those hiking boots out.
2. Rouken Glen Park
About six miles outside of Glasgow, in East Renfrewshire, Rouken Glen Park spans over an impressive 143 acres of land. Rouken Glen Park is the spot for going inwards while appreciating one’s surroundings, with beautiful woods and gardens and a big boating lake to admire. However, the main attraction is the impressive waterfalls dotted around. The water features are somewhere between natural and man-made, and were used as a means of power by Victorian textile workers.
3. Devil’s Pulpit
You should definitely visit Finnech Glen, where Devil’s Pulpit is located around 35 minute drive away from Glasgow. However, do be careful when descending the stairs, named Jacob’s Ladder or the Devil’s Steps, as they can be quite slippery. Once you reach the bottom, you can walk through a stream with an unbelievably ruby red base. The amazing colour derives from the red sandstone that has been worn away by the water to form the glen. What is more, do bring a change of footwear and a towel, as you’re more than likely going to get wet.
4. Dollar Glen
Deep gorges, rushing burns with waterfalls and a ruined castle make Dollar Glen the perfect place for a refreshing day out away from the city. The comforting green woodland lies east of Stirling and is located at the bottom of the Ochil Hills, around a 55 minute drive from Glasgow. Once you’re there, watch the Burns of Care and Sorrow (what a name, indeed!) with its tumbling waterfalls and look out for the rich array of wildlife. Plus, the ruins of Castle Campbell is also there ready to be explored.
5. Campsie Glen
If you want to go chasing waterfalls, then Campsie Glen is the place. The popular spot is located north of Glasgow in East Dunbartonshire just a 35 minute drive away from the city. Campsie Glen has a myriad of scenic spots where hikers can stop for a snack, and every route leads to dramatic views and beautiful waterfalls. There is a choice of seven routes in total, with the short walk into the glen one of the most popular. And if you’re up for a challenge, just keep going in order to enjoy additional views in a more challenging walk.