Cities to Visit in Scotland

The UK’s country of Scotland is brimming with things to do and see. From incredible scenery, including soaring mountains, dazzling lakes, dramatic coastal areas, and gorgeous beaches, to vibrant cities filled with cultural and historical delights, there is certainly plenty to do and see. There are various cities to visit in Scotland, each offering something different.

Some of the best cities to visit in Scotland include:


Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. It is an attractive city with plenty of sightseeing and entertainment opportunities. In the Lowlands, the historic city is watched over by the splendid castle. Canons sit on the walls, ready to defend the castle in times of need. The castle is the home of the Edinburgh Tattoo. There are lots of art galleries and museums around the city, with something certain to pique any interest. There are old churches, a magnificent cathedral, monuments, statues, and more.

There are several observation points around Edinburgh from where you can admire sweeping views of the city and the coast. A short way out of the city centre, the ruins of Craigmillar Castle are a fascinating sight. Edinburgh boasts a very lively nightlife, with a large selection of clubs and bars to appeal to all tastes.


The lively city of Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. Amongst Glasgow’s attractions include the cathedral, the City Chambers, and Glasgow Cross. The city is known for its terrific shopping – it has the best shopping in the UK outside of London. There are museums and art galleries, as well as plenty of nice parks. There are lots of places to eat and night life is varied and fun, with a fairly active gay scene.


The picturesque city of Dundee is a major gateway to the stunning Scottish Highlands. Within the city you can visit the interesting RRS Discovery, an old boat that is now moored on the water. Museums include Verdant Works and McManus Galleries, and the old cemetery and Broughty Castle are fascinating historical spots in the city. See the collapsed Tay Rail Bridge and be impressed at the Mills Observatory. Nature lovers will enjoy Camperdown Wildlife Park. For some relaxation why not have a game of golf?


Known as the Granite City because of its abundance of grey buildings, Aberdeen has lots of interesting architecture throughout the city. In particular, Old Aberdeen has lots of old buildings. There are many lovely parks, ideal for taking a break and chilling out away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Aberdeen Beach is very pretty, perfect for a stroll. In warmer weather bathing is also possible. There are cathedrals and churches, museums and galleries, plenty of restaurants and cafes, and a mixed night scene.


The city of Stirling is near to the beautiful Highlands, and the city boasts a fine old castle that sits in an elevated position overlooking the city below. The Safari Park is the only such attraction in Scotland and it offers fun for everyone. Other attractions include Cambuskenneth Abbey, the old jail, the old bridge, and Bannockburn battle site.

Some other cities to visit in Scotland include Perth and Inverness. There are also numerous interesting towns and quaint villages in the area.

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