Days Out: Glasgow

Out and About

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Escape the regular way of city life and head to one of these scenic destinations or unique outdoor events. Much more fun than chips on a park bench.

World Pipe Band Championships 2009

The showpiece event of the Glasgow International Piping Festival (10–16 Aug, around Glasgow,, is the World Pipe Band Championships. There are those who find the sound of the bagpipes an acquired taste to say the least, but many with a Scottish connection also find the massed sound of pipers and drummers in a pipe band particularly stirring - not surprising, considered these bands were historically first formed within military regiments.
Sat 15 Aug, Glasgow Green (H6), 0141 221 5414,

Bard in the Botanics

Add a bit of culture to your Glaswegian visit with the latest instalment of the Bard in the Botanics series, al fresco stagings of some of Shakespeare’s greatest works. Now in its seventh year, the as-yet-unannounced programme will include versions of The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth. Also featured will be what the organisers refer to as ‘a very exciting new production’ for the Kibble Palace, the late-19th century glasshouse which is one of the Botanics’ highlights. Answers on a postcard as to what the production will be...
24 Jun–1 Aug, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, 0141 334 9016.

Loch Lomond

With only half an hour’s drive from Glasgow to its southernmost tip, a trip to the famous Loch Lomond is a good day out for visitors to the city, although dedicated outdoor types may find they want to linger for much longer. At 24 miles in length, the Loch (‘lake’ in Scots) is a great spot for watersports, fishing, hiking through the stunning surrounding hills, or just touring one of the most scenic spots in the country.
For general information and listings of activities in the Loch Lomond area, including accommodation, restaurants and necessary permits, visit

Glasgow Mela

First established in 1990, the Mela was intended as a family-friendly festival based on the traditions of India. Growing from an indoor event to a massive outdoor celebration with over 25,000 people now attending, the cultural boundaries of the Mela have expanded. Although this year’s programme hasn’t yet been announced, musical performances in recent years have included Jamaican reggae, Eastern European folk and Latin American styles, alongside a wide range of Indian-inspired activities.
Sun 21 Jun, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, 0141 248 9808,  

The Taming of the Shrew

Gordon Barr directs Shakespeare's battle of the sexes comedy as the Bard in the Botanics festival returns for 2009. Previews on Wed 24 & Thu 25 Jun, £12 (£8). 'Part of the West End Festival'.

Glasgow Mela

For over 25 years this huge outdoor festival has been celebrating the traditions of Glasgow's many and varied immigrant communities with a mix of international music, dance, activities and stalls.

World Pipe Band Championships

The best pipe bands from all over the world, featuring 8000 pipers and drummers, compete for the most prestigious prizes and the coveted World Champion crown. As well as the music, a dedicated children's zone, gourmet food and Highland games add to the day out.

Loch Lomond

Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, G83 8QL


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