Skip to main content

Urban Adventures

Urban adventures in Glasgow

Urban adventures in Glasgow

It’s easy to have an adventure-filled time in Glasgow. From kayaking and biking to snow sports and rock climbing, there's loads to choose from. Here's some of the activities on offer in and around the city.

Take to the water

Outdoor Pursuits

Try white water rafting or take it up a gear and give river tubing or boogieboarding a go. Outdoor Pursuits will help you find which water sport experience is best suited to you. Visit Outdoor Pursuits' website for details.

A young person on a wakeboard holds onto a cable that is being towed. The water from the canal sprays behind the wakeboard.

Glasgow Wake Park

The Glasgow Wake Park offers an exhilarating wakeboard experience (like snowboarding on water!). It’s a great spot to try it for the first time or perfect your moves. They have friendly instructors on hand and a cable tow to replicate the full experience. Visit Glasgow wake park website for more information.

Pinkston Watersports

Pinkston Watersports is a paddlesports centre close to Glasgow city centre. Activities are suitable for any level of skill and expertise. Try open water swimming, kayaking or canoeing. Visit Pinkston Watersports website to find out more.

Seaforce Boat Trips

Take a speedy boat trip from the Riverside Museum and Tall Ship towards the city centre on the River Clyde. Or if you fancy a longer trip, you can whizz all the way up the Clyde on the scenic Dumbarton Castle tour. Visit Seaforce's website to book.

3 children sit on paddle boards on the water with long grass behind them. They are in yoga poses with their eyes closed.

Credit: West End Adventure

West End Adventure

West End Adventure offer exciting water-based activities along the Forth and Clyde canal. There are lots of great activities for all ages. Try kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and even yoga on a paddle board! Visit West End Adventure to find out more.

A group of paddleboarders wearing wetsuits on a canal on a sunny day.

Glasgow Paddleboarders Co.

Water education and safety are core for Glasgow Paddleboarders Co. They offer trips and lessons for beginners as well as something for the more adventurous water explorer. There’s something for every skill level. To find out more visit Glasgow Paddleboarders Co website.

Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail

Avoid public transport and try canoeing between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Follow the Scottish Canal's trail, paddle through the iconic Falkirk Wheel on route, and take in the beauty of Central Scotland from the water. Visit Scottish Canals website to start your adventure.

Take a tour

Glasgow Central Station Tours

Experience a 'behind the scenes' tour of Scotland’s busiest train station. Explore underground passageways beneath Glasgow’s streets and visit railway vaults. You'll also hear some remarkable stories about the people using the station over the years. Visit Glasgow Central Tours website to book.

4x4 Adventures Scotland

Discover the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond on an off-roading adventure with 4x4 Adventures Scotland. Your Land Rover comes complete with a friendly, kilted guide who can arrange transport from and to Glasgow if required. To find out more visit 4x4 Adventures to book your trip.

Go Quest Adventures Glasgow

Discover Glasgow’s Merchant City district with Go Quest’s self-guided, interactive walking quest. Discover iconic sites within in the area, including the Cathedral as well as Glasgow’s more hidden gems. Enjoy cracking codes, solving puzzles, and completing challenges along the way. Find a tour at Go Quest Adventures website.

Get on your bike

Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

You don’t need to be an elite athlete to ride the track at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The track, which was the venue for the indoor cycling at the UCI World Championships in 2023, is open for all to enjoy. Book a coached introductory session or even become an accredited velodrome rider. To book your Velodrome experience visit Glasgow Life’s website.

Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails

Explore the southside and head to Cathkin Braes for over 9km of thrilling mountain bike trails. There are glorious views of Glasgow too! For more information on Cathkin Braes visit Glasgow City Council’s website.

A cyclist in full gear is in the air on their BMX bike. An audience can be seen in the background.

Glasgow BMX Centre

Ride on the same course as athletes on Scotland’s only Olympic standard BMX track. With an 8m starting hill, jumps and banked corners – it’s sure to give you a rush of adrenaline. For an induction session, all safety equipment and a BMX bike will be provided. Visit Glasgow BMX Centre’s webpage to find out more.

Glasgow Bike Tours

For a more relaxing experience on two wheels, join Glasgow Bike Tours, and do a bit of sightseeing along the way. See spectacular views of the city from places not accessible by bus or car. Your friendly guide will share stories about Glasgow along the way. To book visit Glasgow Bike Tours website.

Grab your board

Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre

Set within the picturesque Bellahouston Park, Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre has several dry slopes. They offer ski and snowboard lessons for the whole family, tubing and open practice times. Visit the Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre website to find out more.

A skateboarder goes down a ramp within an indoor skate park that includes rails, ramps and a yellow sign that reads "Play Port".

The Loading Bay

The Loading Bay is Glasgow's first and only indoor skate park. It has 30,000 square foot of space and features a street plaza, a 60-foot bowl and movable modular ramps. They also offer scooter, BMX, parkour, and quad skating classes. Visit The Loading Bay Glasgow's website to find out more.

Climbing in the city

Clip 'n Climb at Kelvin Hall

An exciting venue for urban adventure seekers! Clip 'n Climb at Kelvin Hall has a range of climbing challenges suitable for the whole family. And if you're feeling brave, you can take on the 'Leap of Faith'. Visit Clip and Climb’s webpage to book.

Glasgow Climbing Centre

The facilities at the Glasgow Climbing Centre suit all levels and styles of climbers. They have slabs, vertical walls, overhangs, two dedicated bouldering areas and friendly instructors. It's 16 metres to the top of the highest route! Visit Glasgow Climbing Centre to find out more.

The Climbing Academy at The Newsroom

The Newsroom is a large welcoming bouldering centre close to the centre of Glasgow. As bouldering is low-level climbing over mats, there are no ropes or harnesses required, so it's perfect for all levels! Courses and personal coaching are also available. Visit the Climbing Academy website to find out more.

Height or age restrictions may apply for some climbing activities, so be sure to check these out before you go.

Article last updated: February 2024

Icon/Clock Created with Sketch. Icon/Location Created with Sketch. Icon/Pound Sign Created with Sketch.