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Cities of Scotland

Visit the Cultural Hubs of Scotland

There are 69 official cities in the UK, but only seven of these are in Scotland. However, this smaller number of cities means that each has been able to develop a very unique personality, full of individual characteristics that sets it apart from any other. Each has a rich and iconic history, and many of these have been the official or unofficial capital of Scotland at one time or another down the millennia.

The seven Scottish cities are Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Stirling, Perth, Inverness and, of course, Edinburgh, the nation’s capital. Despite, the huge difference in size of these cities (Glasgow has a population of almost 600,000 and Stirling has a mere 34,000), each one needs to be seen and experienced to truly be appreciated.

Glasgow was, and to a certain extent still is, an industrial powerhouse, while Inverness is the city of the Highlands. Aberdeen is one of the wealthiest cities in the UK, thanks to the oil fields nearby in the North Sea, while Perth is a tranquil gem, favoured by Scots and foreign visitors alike. Stirling is a compact city full of architectural landmarks, and Dundee is famous for its Jute, Jam and Journalism industries. Our highlights of the Scottish cities include the luscious gardens of Aberdeen, as well as the many castles in and around Inverness. 

There’s certainly no shortage of exciting things to do and see in Edinburgh, particularly when the world-famous festival season gets underway. However, if the mood takes you, and you feel like heading out into the Scotland for the day, any of the Scottish cities make for an excellent day out. Plus, with good road and rail links, it’s surprisingly easy to make your way around Scotland.

 

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Aberdeen copyright Onderwijsgek licensed under CC via Wikipedia

Aberdeen

The Granite City

Nicknamed the Granite City for its distinctive architecture, Aberdeen has been transformed into one of Europe's most prosperous and wealthy cities, largely thanks to the discovery of oil fields nearby in the North Sea.

Aberdeen
Dundee copyright Neil Williamson licensed under CC via Flickr
Dundee copyright Neil Williamson licensed under CC via Flickr

Dundee

A Prosperous City on the East Coast of the Country

Famous for its three Js (jute, jam and journalism), Dundee is a prosperous city in the east of Scotland, roughly 60 miles north of the Scottish capital.

Dundee
'Glasgow' © Michel CC License
'Glasgow' © Michel CC License

Glasgow

Scotland's Historic Hub of Industry

Known for being at the centre of the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, Glasgow is commonly seen as Scotland's second city. However, Glasgow has much more to offer.

Glasgow
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Inverness via Pixabay

Inverness

Gateway to the Scottish Highlands

Inverness is Scotland's most northern city, and provides an excellent base camp if you're considering exploring the highlands and all the iconic natural landmarks found within.

Inverness
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Stirling via Pixabay

Stirling

The Brooch that Connects the Highlands and the Lowlands

A small but vibrant city, Stirling has a rich and interesting history. Like Edinburgh, it's impressive castle dominates the skyline of the city, with its vantage point at the top of an imposing hill.

Stirling
Perth copyright Ninian Reid licensed under CC via Flickr
Perth copyright Ninian Reid licensed under CC via Flickr

Perth

The Fair City in the Historic County of Perthshire

The newest of Scotland’s seven cities, granted its status as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, Perth is known as the ‘Fair City’.

Perth

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