Great Days Out in West Scotland

There are so many great attractions to visit in the West of Scotland, check out our tips for just a few to visit. From historical sites to great parks and gardens, get out and about and explore your region today!

Journey Planning

For journey planning, check out the Stagecoach website and the Stagecoach Bus app. Start by typing in where you would like to travel from and to, this can be an area or a postcode. Select the date and time in which you wish to travel and click plan my journey. This will bring up all services available you use between the two destinations at the times requested and it'll even tell you the best tickets available for your journey.  Don't forget to change your passenger type to student or young person accordingly to see the discounts available to you when you show a Young Scot card as proof of age (a young person ticket is for an under 19 year old).

If you're aged 16 - 18, remember you can use your Young Scot card to get discounted adult fares.

Robert Burns House, Dumfries

Robert Burns House, Dumfries.

Learn more about Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns in the simple sandstone house where he spent the last years of his life. Visit the study where he wrote many of his best-known poems. You can get a snapshot of how Burns and his family lived in this historical space.

You can get Stagecoach bus services from X74 from Glasgow or the service 81 from Lockerbie, to Academy Street, then Robert Burns House is an 8 minute walk from the Academy Street bus stop.

Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

Dean Castle Country Park

Visit the Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock for a great free day out. The country park features beautiful landscapes and woodland walks which offer the chance to see great wildlife. Visit the Rural Living Centre to find out more about sustainability.

You can get Stagecoach bus service 4 from Glasgow and Ayr, as well as the X76 from Glasgow. It is a 5 minute walk from the Castle drive bus stop. 

Corsehill Park and Gardens, Ayr

Trees in Corsehill park

Located in Ayr, Corsehill Park and Gardens is a great space to enjoy nature. In every season it has a new horticultural delight to enjoy. Take a picnic or hot drink in a flask to enjoy while you walk around the park and gardens. Explore the walled garden which has a wide range of different flowers and plants.

The park can be reached from Ayr, Girvan, Stranraer and Irvine via the Stagecoach services 58,60 and 358.  You can also get the service X77 from Ayr to Glasgow.

Dundonald Castle, South Ayrshire

Dundonald Castle

Explore the history and stories of this castle's 2000 year past, along with amazing coastal views. It was the home of King Robert II, grandson of Robert the Bruce, This formidable looking 14th century Castle and surrounding area is a great space to learn more about Scottish history as well

The castle can be reached from Kilmarnock and Troon via the Stagecoach service 10.

Glasgow Green, Glasgow

Arch in Glasgow Green park

Spend the day exploring history and nature at Glasgow Green. It is the oldest park in Glasgow and was historically used by the people of Glasgow for laundry, bleaching linen, grazing cattle, drying fishing nets and for swimming in the river Clyde. As well, you can visit the People's Palace Museum located within the Green to find out more about Glasgow's history.

For Glasgow via the Stagecoach servvices X77 from Ayr, X76 from Kilmarnock, X74 from Dumfries and the X36 from Irvine/Ardrossan.

Glasgow Green is a 30 minute walk from Buchanan Bus Station or you can access the park via public transport (train or bus). 

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