Glasgow Fair, a holiday weekend in the city has been around since the 12th century. As a public holiday it was time to spend with friends and family . Growing through the centuries, a large variety of entertainment appeared each year. Long gone were the days of small markets selling local wares within the cathedral grounds. However, not everyone spent their weekend in the city, many choose to travel into the countryside or ‘Doon the Watter’.
From the 1800s Glaswegian families would head south west to the coastal towns of Ayrshire. They would also travel out to Dunoon or over the Isle of Bute by boat. Steamers such as the PS Waverley which still operates today, could take passengers on full day trips; while others piled into Glasgow Central Station ready to start their adventure by rail. Andy Stewart a famous Scottish singer released a song “Going Doon the Watter (fur the ferr)” to share his experiences of this holiday.
These trips were popular until the 1950s when trips further afield became the norm for many. With the difficulties the world has faced in 2020 many are turning back to the idea of traveling within the UK and exploring the areas outside their front door.
At Discover Scotland Tours we often have locals travel with us who mention how much they enjoyed exploring Scotland and that they learned new things about their country:
“We were the only Scots on the trip and we were amazed how much we learned about our own country during his commentary.”
“as a local to Glasgow I was delighted to have our history explained which started even before we left Glasgow!”
“I’ve travelled to other parts of the world, but I’m definitely falling back in love with my own country and your tour has certainly added to that! Please keep doing what you’re doing.”
VisitScotland Scotland’s National Tourist Organisation launched a campaign #hametowntourist to encourage locals to explore Scotland. Following this hashtag provides great inspiration to start planning your Scottish trip today.
Whether its shimmering lochs, dramatic glens, quaint villages, or historic castles that you would like to explore, Discover Scotland tours has an option for everyone. With 1-day options right through to 6 day adventures your next holiday awaits. You can view all of our scheduled tour options on our home page here.
A private tour may also be of interest to larger friend or family groups. Personalised itineraries to suit your interests and your own Tour Leader to help answer all your burning questions throughout the tour are just some of the perks when you opt for a private tour. You can find out more about these tours here.
Either way we hope to see more Scots exploring the country this year. We look forward to welcoming some of you on board.