Barrhead Travel

At Barrhead Travel, the UK’s leading independent travel group, people come first and lifetime careers are created

At Barrhead Travel, we’re passionate about people. And, even more importantly, we’re passionate about providing our employees with the very best opportunities and training in the industry so that everyone has the chance to progress their careers.

Career options

We’re big advocates for grass-roots development. Many of our senior team, including our company president, started their travel careers as apprentices and have grown with the business, embracing our development programmes and working their way up. There are no glass ceilings at Barrhead Travel – our opportunities are limitless.

As well as our specialist travel experts who are based across our retail network, there’s a whole host of other career options within the business. From marketing and web design to IT and HR, you’ll find something to suit every skillset.

Company culture

Of course, travel is one of the most exciting industries to be in. As a Barrhead Travel employee, not only will you enjoy generous holiday discounts for personal travel, but you’ll have the chance to join our famous fam trips and cruise ship visits, where you’ll travel the world to enhance your knowledge of our key destinations and products.

We’re proud of our supportive culture, which is centred around listening to our colleagues, and our workplace is designed to promote wellness, diversity and development. Our culture and commitment to colleagues has been recognised within the industry. We were awarded the Best Large Agency to Work For title at the 2022 Travel Weekly Agent Achievement Awards and were named as one of the Best Companies to Work For in 2023 by ‘Best Companies’.

If you love travel and are dreaming of a successful and fulfilling career, we’d love to chat with you. Reach out to our recruitment team to find out more about our modern apprenticeship opportunities.

Company fact file

Year established: 1975

Number of employees: 500+

Head office location: Glasgow

Offers remote working?: Yes

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Why I love my job

“Working in the travel industry is an incredibly rewarding experience as it provides a unique opportunity to help customers realise their dreams of exploring the world.

“Each day is an adventure with new challenges and opportunities, from planning exotic getaways to crafting unforgettable itineraries – no two days are ever the same.

“What makes this journey special is working alongside a group of like-minded, passionate people. They’re not just co-workers, they’re friends who have the same desire to explore the world. We share stories of our own travels, exchange tips and provide support on busy days.

“This role has aided my personal growth immeasurably. I’m constantly learning about new places, cultures and the latest trends in travel.

“Working in travel is a career I’ve always wanted and imagined myself doing as it aligns perfectly with my passion for adventure and exploring.

“Every day is a step closer to fulfilling not only my dreams, but also those of our customers. It’s a journey of discovery, both for them and for myself, and I cherish every moment of it.”

Olivia Davies,

Modern apprentice