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Daytrip to Glasgow from Edinburgh?

Headed to Edinburgh in August - primarily visiting to attend Fringe shows but will be exploring the city. We are there for 5 nights before renting a car and driving to Oban for 2 nights. We are planning to take the train to Stirling as a half-day trip, but were also thinking of doing a day in Glasgow. Most days we will want to be back around 17:00 or 18:00 in order to catch the shows we will be seeing. Is it worth it and doable to only do Glasgow (via train) for 6-8 hours? If yes, what do you recommend as top sights for a short visit?

We are getting the Two Together rail card; since Scotland has extended Off Peak through our trip, does that mean we can actually use the card on trips before 9:30AM during the week, or is the restriction still in place?

Posted by
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Off Peak Fares are all day, but the 0930 restriction for 2T still remains in force.

Posted by
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Railcard time restrictions still apply as these are set nationally, not by ScotRail I'm afraid.

Otherwise a day trip is very doable between the two cities, the fast ScotRail Express service takes 50 mins a minimum of twice every hour.

If you can wait until after 9.30am (Mon-Fri, no restrictions on weekends/bank holidays), then you can use the railcard discount on an Off-Peak Day Return and come back by any train.

Posted by
4605 posts

You should dig around Youtube, I recall several vloggers who do Glasgow and seem to enjoy it

Posted by
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Glasgow is definitley worth a trip even for 6-8 hours. It has a completely different vibe to Edinburgh. There is so much to see and do but not knowing what things you like doing/seeing, it is difficult to know where to begin... Cathedral, Glasgow Necropolis, Provand's Lordship, Hunterian Museum and Mackintosh House, Burrell Collection, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum, Tenement House, Botanic Gardens....