Time to head for the beach!

Sunset over Arran.

Summer is well and truly here. And so are the holidays, which means you are probably thinking about how you might get out and enjoy the fine weather.

We’ve compiled a brief list of some of the best beaches close to Glasgow – all within reach via public transport using the Subway, ferry, trains and bus services.

Popular with windsurfers and kite enthusiasts, Troon beach is a spectacular bay of white sands and – when the sun shines – blue skies and sea.

With views across to Isle of Arran, there is a lively sea front esplanade offering the chance to indulge in an ice cream – or a traditional bag of fish and chips.

There’s a well-equipped play park for children, Italian gardens and some great local shops and restaurants, like The Wee Hurrie. Sailors can enjoy the facilities at Troon Yacht Haven.

All of which you can spot in this airborne clip on YouTube…

Visit the National Rail website to plan your route to Troon by Train.


To the North of Troon lies the much loved Barassie beach. This is a favourite for the water sports crowd, but it’s also a great place to take the kids if you want some serious sandcastle action. And there are great views here too. A short hop from Barassie train station, you don’t even have to bother bringing the car, if you don’t want to.

Visit the National Rail website to plan your route to Barassie by train.

In years gone by, Glaswegians went “doon the watter” for their holidays or days out. So why not do the same? Dunoon is a fantastic trip and easily reachable either by car, train or bus. Take the ferry from Gourock to give your sailing legs a tester.

Dunoon itself was created in part to cater for wealthy Glaswegian Victorians and it remains a wee charmer, offering amazing views of the Firth of Clyde. The perfect place for an ice cream day. The Visit Scotland website has further information about Dunoon.

Visit the Visit Cowal website to plan your route to Dunoon by bus.

Loch Lomond
The bonnie banks of Loch Lomond are a perfect place to go when the sun shines – and barely half an hour from the city centre. Balloch and Loch Lomond Shores is a magnet with its shops, restaurants, cafes and of course the Aquarium.

But for those in search of natural beauty, the loch offers many a quiet, sandy spot.

And of course it isn’t just a place to enjoy the spectacular view. There are few places better for splashing about in the water…

To plan your route by Train, visit the National Rail website. Alternatively, you can visit Loch Lomond by bus; visit the First website to plan your travel.

You don’t even have to leave the city these days to enjoy the sensation of sand between your toes. The Riverside museum has reinstated its beach on the Clyde for families to enjoy – perhaps while taking a break from sightseeing in the award winning Transport Museum.

This weekend you can head there and watch some high level beach volleyball to get you in the Commonwealth Games spirit.

The nearest stations to Riverside are Partick subway station, and Partick rail station.