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Half-Day Private Glasgow Must-Sees Tour
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Half-Day Private Glasgow Must-Sees Tour

By Glasgow Private Tours
Recommended by 98% of travelers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Even if you’ve only got half a day in town, check off the highlights without rushing on this private Glasgow walking tour. Traveling at your own pace to attractions tailored to suit your interests, snap key sights like Glasgow Cathedral, Tolbooth Steeple, and the Gallery of Modern Art, and get a taste of local life from your insider guide.
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Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Check off all the classic downtown Glasgow sights in one half-day walking tour
  • Customize your tour to suit your needs with your private guide
  • Get personalized insights into local life from a Glasgow insider
  • Discover landmarks like Glasgow Cathedral and the Gallery of Modern Art

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel Meet & Greet (City Centre - within a walk to George Sq only)
  • Private walking tour
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Meet / drop-off from locations outside of City Centre (within a walk from George Sq)

If you’re staying in Glasgow city center, your guide will collect you from your door to start your private walking tour. Be sure to let them know any sights you’d like to see or interests you may have: the tour is customizable to meet your needs. A typical itinerary covers sights including Glasgow Cathedral, the Necropolis cemetery, Tolbooth Steeple, the Gallery of Modern Art, George Square, Templeton’s Carpet Factory, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and much, much more. Travel at your own pace to the locations that interest you and feel free to ask whatever questions spring to mind. At the end of the tour, your guide will escort you home.

Start:Traveler pickup offered.
  • George Square, Glasgow G1, UK
    Tall column at the centre of George Square
Pickup details
  • If you're staying within 15 mins walk of the centre of Glasgow (George Square), our guide can meet you at your hotel. We can organise an executive vehicle and a driver to meet and greet you in the port in Greenock morning, take you in comfort and style to Glasgow city where you will meet your personal tour guide. After some wonderful Glasgow sightseeing, we'll get you safely back aboard later that afternoon. It's a separate cost payable on the day. We make no profit from this service, but we are happy to arrange it for you. We can also organise an executive vehicle and a driver to meet and greet you at the Glasgow Airport and take you in comfort and style to Glasgow city where you will meet your personal tour guide. It's a separate cost payable on the day. We make no profit from this service, but we are happy to arrange it for you.
Port pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
  • Greenock
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 45766P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Multi-lingual guide (English, Spanish, Russian)
    • Please note that this is a walking tour without vehicle
    • Glasgow Port (Greenock) pickup and return by private vehicle can be arranged for additional cost on request
    • We can arrange vehicle hire for the tour for additional cost on request
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 45766P1

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    • Glasgow Private Tours
      173
      Glasgow, Scotland
      Joined in August 2016
    • 347olgab
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely amazing!
      We had a great driving tour around Glasgow. Our guide, Zhanna, accomplished her objective brilliantly: to show us the most beautiful historical places in Glasgow, together with clear and entertaining explanations about the main historical periods of Glasgow. She was professional and really nice. We couldn’t have had a better guide! We will absolutely recommend this experience to our friends.
      Written July 12, 2024
    • jimmylB1361NW
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful private tour of Glasgow
      We had booked a walking tour with Glasgow Private Tours and had Scott as our tour guide. Scott is a very accommodating and understanding tour guide. Even with a group of 14 peoples with all different age ranges from toddlers to seniors, he was adhere to our needs and be flexible. He was very passionate about Glasgow and showed great knowledge about the city. Overall we had a wonderful time with Scott and I would recommend him through Glasgow Private Tours.
      Written June 28, 2024
    • G6820QBjamesm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Really Know Glasgow!
      If you take a private tour like Nick and Zhanna’s, you get such a great feel and local knowledge of Glasgow. It’s a rich city in culture and history. Zhanna has studied history and stories that enriched my feeling of the city. She took extra time…four hours! Time flew by! Great tour even in the rain (with umbrellas)!
      Written October 6, 2023
    • 414christieg
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent walking tour of Glasgow~
      Many thanks, Molly, for your enthusiastic, interesting, and very thorough presentation about Glasgow.  Everything we had hoped for!
      Written September 24, 2023
    • E6325CHjohnt
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Glasgow easily learned through fascinating storytelling.
      Zhanna is very personable and knowledgeable of Glasgow’s history. Her ability to tie together points of interest with historical events and people through storytelling was captivating. Highly recommend Zhanna as your tour guide.
      Written September 19, 2023
    • I7135XKkarolm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      If you’re new to Glasgow, book this tour!
      I highly recommend this tour operation! If I could give 6 stars I would! They met us at our hotel lobby (a party of 5 - 2 adults and 3 young adults) and they were on time, cheerful, knowledgeable, and had a plan for our time together. They were willing and able to change course (such as stopping for coffee). Zhanna is an absolute gem and has accumulated so much interesting knowledge of the history of Glasgow as well as stories of Scottish history. She satisfied our Art student daughter and the history buffs in our group as well. She is extremely warm, competent, flexible and very knowledgeable about history and Scottish art and architecture. An excellent value and lovely afternoon!
      Written June 3, 2023
    • Cosmopolitan545803
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome private Glasgow tour!
      Zhanna Was absolutely fabulous! We ran into a downpour and she was quick to help us figure out a new plan!!! THANK YOU from Oklahoma & Tennessee!
      Written September 25, 2022
    • N328HKgeorgiac
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Informative and Fun Walking Tour
      Zhanna was a fantastic host! She was very knowledgeable and took her time in seeing and explaining the sites that were most interesting to us. Because the tour is private she was able to tailor it to our likings. We highly recommend!
      Written September 15, 2022
    • BarkerSJ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great walking tour of Glasgow.
      My wife and I are frequent users of private walking tours both in the UK and overseas. We visited Glasgow on Wednesday the 7 September 2022 having planned the tour a few months earlier. The weather was dry with the odd light shower. Our guide Zhanna was excellent. We did the full day tour (5 hours) taking in all of the main areas of the city from St Georges Square to the Cathedral on the hill and back to the center via the banks of the Clyde. We are in our 60's but reasonably fit and well. The pace was perfect. The conversation was excellent. Zhanna was well prepared and made the tour interseting from start to finish. Time flew by. We had a short break at lunch time in a very nice coffee house and discovered areas, topics and street art that we certainly would not have discovered on our own. We can reccomend Zhanna and her tour without hesitation. You will not be disappointed if you go with Glasgow Private Tours.
      Written September 14, 2022
    • globeseekingfamily
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour! Highly recommend, especially if you have small children!
      We loved Zhanna! She was an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable about the city and it’s history. I also HIGHLY recommend her if you have small children. We brought our 3 kids and both sets of grandparents. She has small children of her own and was VERY patient with our kids. I would absolutely recommend her though to anyone as she was a great guide.
      Written July 13, 2022
    • daniellerB793BR
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Glasgow Tour(s)
      Zhanna was wonderful! We took the Glasgow City Tour and the Culture and Arts tour with her. She was informative, showed us all we wanted to see, and answered all our questions. She even helped us with suggestions on where to eat authentic Scottish food! By the end of the first tour, she felt like a long lost friend. We chatted not only about Scotland and it’s wonders, but about each other’s lives. I would highly recommend picking Zhanna and Glasgow Private Tours for an intimate and informative view of the city!
      Written May 5, 2022
    • b0yk0p
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent
      Really good time with lots of interesting facts and information about the history of the city! Highly recommend!
      Written April 13, 2022
    • 474elzac
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Trip to Glasgow
      We would like to thank Zhanna for her her kindness and expertise . Excellent Guided . Tour Experience
      Written April 11, 2022
    • L6953XZpaulinec
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Knowledgable Tour Guides
      Zhanna was an amazing guide - so knowledgable. We had a great three hours with her learning all about Glasgow. I would highly recommend these guys. They are amazing
      Written September 15, 2021
    • norabU710VZ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      It was extraordinary
      I took a wonderful tour with Cameron at the Rabbie's tour company. We went to Oban and visited castles and captivting landscapes the whole day long. Cameron was an exceptional tour guide, with lots of interesting information, great music and jokes and was very caring to all of us on the tour. I highly recommend the Rabbie's tour company for any travel needs in Scotland.
      Written August 30, 2021
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    Bulat S
    Renton, Washington, United States5 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Family
    Booked a fully prepaid tour but wasn't able to get to it on time due to a snow storm that closed the Glasgow airport that night. So I spent ten hours watching news at the airport on Islay and paid 185 pounds to Glasgow Private Tours for the privilege (after a presumably routine day trip from Glasgow to see a distillery). Never before have I been denied a full refund when a _local_ weather event prevented customers from reaching the place through no fault of their own, even when dealing with the most upscale establishments with the strictest cancellation policies. To their credit, they did offer to refund half of it, which I refused.

    Granted, the cancellation policy is explicitly stated on their website, hence two stars and not one. Either way, I wouldn't recommend booking a tour with them until you're physically standing next to the tour's starting point.

    Definitely the lowest point of our ten-day trip to Scotland.
    Written December 18, 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    On the day of the tour the client advised they initially would be ‘delayed’. We kept the guide available for them for the entire day, adjusting our schedules to fit their needs. 
Finally, they advised they wouldn’t make it. This client checked the terms and conditions prior to travel. They did not book through Viator/Tripadvisor, they booked direct but the terms would have been the same regardless.
It’s standard policy for any tour company to reserve the right not to refund when a client cancels on the day of the tour. 
Despite this, as a gesture of goodwill the client was offered a 50% refund, which they declined.
Clearly the client had a frustrating time, which was completely out of our control and yet we tried to be as accommodating as possible.
If the client were indeed unable to make the tour due to travel issues out of their control, it's likely they could also have claimed the costs of the missed tour against their travel insurance. 
We are proud of our virtually 100% 5 star review history and will continue to provide the very best of service to our wonderful clients.
    Written December 28, 2023
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    Gregory Cooper (Cala-Bona.info)
    Glasgow, UK55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2019
    From start to finish this tour was packed full of information, stories and things that blew my mind. Our guide was fantastic and gave us more for our money than we expected. I have lived in this great city for nearly 20 years and I learned more about it that day than I did living here for all these years. If you are from Glasgow, please try it out a great days fun and you will learn and see things you never knew of. All in all a fantastic service and one that I will spread the word of from this day forth.
    Written February 6, 2020
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    Thank you so much for such a glowing review, we had a great time showing you our wonderful city!
    Written February 7, 2020
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    Margaret M
    Raleigh, NC3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    What a wonderful time we had with Zhanna on our four hour private tour via 7 person vehicle, with our excellent driver, Richard. We saw such a lot of the city sites and Zhanna was such a pleasant and knowledgeable guide, we quite fell in love with her! Booking on line was easy and even though we could not do a walking tour due to mobility issues, Zhanna and her husband were more than happy to organize a vehicle and driver for us. Great service from a lovely family firm.
    Written September 14, 2022
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    Thank you Margaret and Bill! You made my job easy and enjoyable especially knowing you were from Glasgow originally! You added lots of fun to the tour! Thank you guys!
    Written September 15, 2022
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    Mocurlylulu
    Ojai, CA267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022
    Zhanna was a fabulous guide for our walk about Glasgow for half a day. Saw the sites and learned about the history of Glasgow and Scotland. She weaves in wonderful tales and brings the city to life.

    Nick her husband was very timely with responses to emails and professional.

    Not going to make a mistake here
    Written July 21, 2022
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    Thank you very much for your kind words - it’s been a pleasure!
    Written September 2, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    St Jo M
    New York City, NY25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2024 • Family
    Molly took us on a walking tour across Glasgow. We learned so much. Without this tour, we would have missed out on some of the city's history and culture. Generally, I've found most guides are middle-aged or older. Molly is a university student, and my college-student children really enjoyed her perspectives.
    Written June 15, 2024
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    Sorry it took so long to respond - Molly had a wonderful time with you all, and is so pleased your children enjoyed the private tour! Thank you!
    Written July 14, 2024
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    John L
    San Rafael, CA6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    On August 28, 2022, my wife and I spent a half day (five hours!) with Zhanna walking throughout Glasgow. Glasgow Private Tours specializes in walking tours so we got in 12,000 steps. Zhanna was fantastic, a pleasure to walk with and very knowledgable. My wife asked her if she had been a history teacher! We learned so much. He made the sights come alive with stories. I strongly recommend this tour company that is run by Zhanna and her husband.
    Written September 2, 2022
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    Thank you John for your more than kind words and i must say it was a great pleasure to meet you both and just spend time together! I hope you have a fab rest of the trip!!!
    Written September 3, 2022
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    Deirdre B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2021
    I had only one day in Glasgow so I booked a tour to try to see as much as possible. I booked a 5 hour afternoon walking tour. Zhanna has lived in Glasgow for five years, but her knowledge of the town and history was unsurpassed. A truly professional tour guide who seems to love what she does. One of the most informative tours I have taken. Easy walking pace and just a fabulous guide. Anyone who can keep my interest for 5 hours is EXCEPTIONAL.
    Written October 6, 2021
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    Thank you Deirdre for your kind words! It’s been a true pleasure to meet you guys and to show you around! I enjoyed every minute of it, honestly! Hope the rest of the trip was great, too!
    Written October 8, 2021
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    Whitley H
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2023 • Solo
    Molly is truly a gem and I feel so fortunate to have been able to meet her while in Glasgow. She knows the precise details of so many historical events in Glasgow—it is exceptionally impressive. I unfortunately got the exact kind of weather one would expect in Scotland in late September during my stay there, and yet she made a 4 hour walking tour 100% worth it.
    Written October 27, 2023
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    Molly is incredibly grateful for your kind words Whitley! We are so glad you had a great time and hope you visit our wonderful city as some point in the future!
    Written December 28, 2023
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    Ericaw910
    North Fitzroy, Australia62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2022
    Zhanna was wonderful with her great personality and detailed knowledge of City that she loves. We saw the highlights as well as many of the quirky locations and historic highlights of Glasgow. Her recommendations of places to visit in detail were excellent.
    This is a perfect introduction to enjoying a great city.
    Written September 15, 2022
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    Thank you Erica and Colin! I’m glad that your trip even though postponed eventually happened and we met! It was a pleasure to pass time with you! Thank you!
    Written September 15, 2022
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    Motherduckjc
    Martinez, CA23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2024 • Family
    Zhanna our tour guide was AMAZING!!! She was so knowledgable and held our interest the whole time. She know Glasgow well and took us to the well know spots as well as the best kept secrets. She escorted us around the city to give us the history along with pointed out the important sites. The vista points were incredible. She made our short trip to Glasgow so memorable and because of her, we want to return for a longer visit.
    Written July 12, 2024
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    THANK YOU! That's so kind of you to say - maybe we'll get to show you around Glasgow's West End next time your back!
    Written July 14, 2024
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