If you want to take it slow, get pampered, and perhaps, when ready, indulge in a bit of exercise, you'll find a number of good options in the regions around Glasgow. On the Isle of Arran, the Auchranie Spa Resort is open year round. It offers a range of treatments and therapies, plus a 20-m (65-ft.) indoor pool and a games hall for rainy days. It is located on the outskirts of Brodick, tel. 01770-302-234, www.auchrannie.co.uk. Another good bet is Turnberry , which has a first-class gym and luxury indoor pool with views of the sea.
Hiking The West Highland Way
One of Scotland's best-known long-distance footpaths is the West Highland Way, established in the 1980s. For most people, it begins rather uneventfully northwest of Glasgow in the affluent suburb of Milngavie (pronounced "mill-guy"). But as the trail winds its way for some 153km (95 miles), it just gets better and better. North along the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, through the desolate and prehistoric looking Rannoch Moor, and along the breathtaking and historic Glen Coe, ending finally in Fort William, the trail is particularly dramatic. Hikers can backpack and camp along the way or stay at inns conveniently dotted along the trail. There are tour companies, as well, that will haul your luggage from stop to stop along the way. At the northern terminus, you're at the foot of Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain.
Trains run frequently throughout the day from the Queen Street railway station in central Glasgow to Milngavie, the starting point of the walk. The 25-minute trip costs about £3 one-way. In Fort William, you can catch the ScotRail train back to Glasgow. For details, visit www.west-highland-way.co.uk, or contact the National Park Gateway Centre at Loch Lomond Shores (01389 751035; www.lochlomondshores.com).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.