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Discover Glasgow in Winter: Top 5 Activities and Sights for 2023

1. Historical and Cultural Tours: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Glasgow’s rich history and culture are best explored during the winter months. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum stands especially to this, showcasing a vast collection of art and historical artefacts. Special exhibitions often appear at the museum during winter, offering a unique blend of history and artistry.

Exhibitions in Kelvingrove art gallery includes, The Art of the Celts exhibition around 15th November 2023 – 28th February 2024, This exhibition showcases the artistic achievements of the Celts, featuring intricate metalwork, carved stone sculptures, and illuminated manuscripts, Winter Wonderland Workshop, Set to date at 10th December 2023, it is a festive workshop where participants can create their own winter-themed crafts and decorations, Nature in Winter: A Photographic Journey at the 1st of December 2023 to the 31st of January 2024, you can explore the beauty of nature during the winter months through stunning photographs captured by local photographers.

Whether you’re an art enthusiast or a history lover, Kelvingrove promises an enriching experience amidst its grand architecture and curated collections. embrace the winter spirit by visiting the Kelvingrove art Gallery and Museum

Historical and Cultural Tours

2. Nature and Outdoor Activities: Loch Lomond and Highlands Tour

The natural beauty of Scotland is unmatched, and a day trip to Loch Lomond and the Highlands is the perfect way to experience it. The snow-capped mountains in contrast against serene lochs offer a picturesque view that’s a favourite among nature lovers. Wrap up warm and embark on a journey through Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes, where the winter chill only adds to the charm.

Experience the natural beauty of Scotland, embrace the winter spirit, and journey through the heart of the country. Embark on the available local tours that promise an unforgettable experience.

Loch Lomond, often referred to as the ‘Queen of Scottish Lakes’, is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area. The surrounding highlands provide a stunning backdrop to the tranquil waters of the loch. Winter brings a magical touch to the region, with the mountains and hills covered in a blanket of snow, reflecting beautifully on the shimmering waters of the loch.

The Highlands Tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the rugged terrains of Scotland. Traverse through the winding roads, and you’ll be greeted with panoramic views of valleys, glens, and ancient castles. The crisp winter air, combined with the scent of pine trees, creates a refreshing atmosphere that rejuvenates the soul.

For those looking to delve deeper into the history and culture of the region, local guides provide insightful stories and legends associated with the Highlands. Learn about the ancient clans, their battles, and the folklore that has been passed down through generations.

In 2023, you can plan to take a tour around Loch Lomond and the Highlands, ideally scheduled to run from January to March, offering visitors a chance to witness the region in its full winter glory. It’s advisable to book in advance, as these tours are highly sought after, especially during the peak winter months.

Glasgow Winterfest

3. Festive Events and Celebrations: Glasgow Winterfest

Glasgow’s festive spirit is also unmatched, with events and celebrations lighting up the city during the winter months. The Glasgow Winterfest at George Square and St Enoch is a prime example, transforming these iconic locations into magical winter wonderlands.

From twinkling lights to festive market stalls and the inviting aroma of mulled wine, Winterfest is a seasonal highlight that promises joy and merriment. The festival Is scheduled from November 25, 2023, to January 7, 2024 in George square and November 10, 2023, to December 30, 2023 at St Enoch.

As you stroll through George Square, the heart of Glasgow’s festive celebrations, you’ll be greeted by a towering Christmas tree adorned with shimmering ornaments, casting a warm glow over the square. The sound of carolers fills the air, their voices harmonising beautifully, adding to the festive atmosphere. Children can be seen laughing and playing, their faces illuminated by the lights of the carousel and other fairground rides.

Over at St Enoch, the Winterfest takes on a more intimate feel. The market stalls here offer a plethora of handcrafted goods, perfect for those looking for unique Christmas gifts. From hand-knitted scarves to artisanal chocolates, there’s something for everyone. Food stalls serve up traditional Scottish treats, as well as international delicacies, ensuring that visitors can indulge in a culinary journey as they explore the market.

Glasgow Science Centre

4. Science and Exploration: Science Lates at Glasgow Science Centre

For those with a curious mind, the Glasgow Science Centre’s “Science Lates” offers a unique blend of education and entertainment. These adult-only events provide an opportunity to explore interactive exhibits, participate in hands-on experiments, and delve deep into scientific wonders. With a drink in hand, immerse yourself in a world of discovery, making it an ideal outing for both individuals and groups.

On Friday, 17th November 2023, the Science Centre will transport you back in time with the “Prehistoric Fire and Fossils” event. As the winter chill sets in, this event promises to ignite your passion for science. Dive deep into the world of ancient creatures, learn about the fascinating process of fossilisation, and even get a chance to handle real-life fossils. The highlight of the evening is the live demonstration of prehistoric fire-making techniques, where you can witness the magic of fire as our ancestors did. As you wander through the exhibits, the ambient lighting and the soft glow of fire pits create a mesmerising atmosphere, making it a perfect blend of education and enchantment.

Then, as December rolls in, the Glasgow Science Centre transforms into a “Winter Wonderland” on Saturday, 9th December 2023. This event is a celebration of the wonders of winter, both from a scientific and aesthetic perspective. Discover the science behind snowflakes, learn about the Northern Lights, and participate in interactive workshops that explain the phenomena of the winter solstice. The centre will be adorned with twinkling lights, and snow machines will create a magical snowy landscape indoors. And for those who want a break from the cold, there’s a cosy corner with warm drinks, where you can relax and enjoy live music performances.

Peter Pan at OVO Hydro

5. Theatrical Magic: Peter Pan at OVO Hydro

The enchanting tale of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan ” comes alive at the multi-purpose indoor arena, located at the Scottish event campus, OVO Hydro. This theatrical extravaganza transports audiences to the magical world of Neverland, where adventures with Peter, Wendy, and Captain Hook await. A visual and auditory delight, this performance is a must-watch for families and individuals alike.

The event Is scheduled from 16th December 2023 to 31st December 2023 and As the curtains rise, the audience will be immediately captivated by the stunning set design, which paints a vivid picture of Neverland, complete with its lush forests, sparkling lagoons, and the iconic Skull Rock. The attention to detail is impeccable, with every element, from the twinkling stars to the pirate ship, designed to transport the audience into the heart of the story.

Your Gateway to Glasgow’s Winter Wonders

Nestled amidst the tranquillity of Pleasant Hill Scotland, our spacious garden villa stands as a testament to convenience and comfort. A place where the whispering pines of Kelvingrove Park seem to echo through the walls, and the historic grandeur of the Botanic Gardens is but a gentle stroll away. After a day of touring the icy splendour of Loch Lomond or embracing the festive cheer at Glasgow Winterfest, our villa offers you a warm embrace away from the bustling city streets.

Strategically situated, our villa is not just a place to stay—it’s your portal to discovery. Every local gem, from the serene paths of Pollok Country Park to the vibrant trails of The Clyde Walkway and The West End Walk, is easily accessible from your temporary home. The city’s heart beats in proximity, yet at a comfortable distance, allowing you to dive into your adventures by day and retreat to peace by night.

Our villa is the ideal starting point for your winter narrative, providing not just a place to rest, but a place to live, to laugh, and to create memories that will last a lifetime. We are not just hosts; we are custodians of your Glasgow experience, committed to ensuring that every moment of your stay is steeped in Scottish hospitality.


Winter in Glasgow is a season of wonder, filled with cultural explorations, natural beauty, festive celebrations, scientific discoveries, and theatrical marvels. Whether you’re wandering through the historic corridors of the Kelvingrove Museum, basking in the natural beauty of Loch Lomond, or getting lost in the magic of Peter Pan, Glasgow promises a winter experience like no other. So, embrace the season, explore the city, and let Glasgow’s winter wonders warm your heart.

Let our large holiday villa be the canvas upon which you paint your winter holiday experiences. We look forward to welcoming you and helping you curate a stay that is as enchanting as the city itself.

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The Campbell family has owned the old main house - the large garden villa within its garden grounds &has hosted family & friends gatherings, weddings, memorials, reunion & milestone celebration events

Chris Campbell

Chris and the Campbell family have owned the Pleasant Hill Scotland 200-year-old main house – the oldest in Milngavie – and built this villa within its garden grounds. Chris and the Campbell family live next door and are always available for arranging handovers, and offer all manner of local intel or even support in the event of any emergency. His consistent dedication as a local ‘Concierge’, and routine forwards information about the area, pointers towards local places for eating/drinking, plus advice on sight-seeing or activities during the guest’s stay have rewarded him with Certificates of Excellence, Premier Partner & Superhost status by the major platforms. For the past two decades, Chris and the Campbell family has hosted family & friend gatherings (including Homecomings), weddings, memorials, reunions and milestone celebration events in the Pleasant Hill Scotland villa. So many have now become repeat visitors.