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About Us

About Us

Founded in 1975 in a small suburb of Glasgow, Barrhead Travel has come a long way
in 44 years. Specialising in all types of travel, including cruise, exotic worldwide
escapes, city-breaks and flight-only, we’ve built an outstanding reputation as genuine
experts offering impartial advice and providing second-to-none service While we’ve
grown to become one of the largest travel agencies in the UK with over 70 retail outlets
and over 1000 employees, our philosophy remains the same as it did 44 years ago:
to put our people at the heart of our business. 

As well as a string of business awards to our name, including Best UK Travel Agent
(7 years running), Best Cruise Agent, we’re also proud to have been named as one of
Best Companies to Work for, as voted for by our people. Our branches and offices are
fun, vibrant places to work and we really listen to our employees and act on their
feedback to help shape and grow the future of the business. 

Barrhead Travel is a fast-paced and dynamic company to work in – no two days are ever the same. Most importantly, we’re never ones to sit still and strive to be industry-leaders, embracing change and innovation. In early 2018, we welcomed the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Barrhead Travel as the business was acquired by global travel giants, Travel Leaders. The acquisition brings with it incredible opportunities for expansion with benefits to our customers and employees. We can’t wait to tell you what the future holds for Barrhead Travel.  at we intend to build on our already considerable achievements over the next 40 years. Why not join us?

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Our Family of Brands

Our Family of Brands

The Barrhead Travel Group is the parent company for an additional UK-wide five sub-brands which include:

  • Cruise Direct
  • Canada Travel Specialists
  • The Cruise Specialists
  • Barrhead Business Travel
  • Brilliant Travel (our franchise & homeworking division)


Our sub-brands offer highly-specialised product and really unique, tailored services. It’s a really exciting time for both Barrhead Travel and our entire portfolio of brands as we enter into a period of extensive growth. 

Our Awards

Over the years, we’ve been proud recipients of many prestigious awards, recognising our expertise, service and dedication to excelling within the industry. Take a look at some of our most recent wins and endorsements:

Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to work for
Scottish Wedding Awards
The British Travel Awards
Best Creative Marketing