When people think of Scotland, they might think of the Highlands and the islands. But there are plenty of great towns and cities for you to explore. If you’re looking for an urban adventure or a city break, Scotland has you covered. Now it’s time to find out a little more about some of the best urban centres Scotland has to offer. Here are the 5 best towns and cities in the country.
Stirling is found right on the edge of the Highlands, so if you want to experience a city break with a heavy dose of stunning natural landscapes, Stirling is probably the place for you. Surprisingly, this small city even has its own safari park, called Blair Drummond Safari Park. It’s one of many surprising things Stirling has to offer. It’s certainly not an urban jungle, but it’s definitely worth your time when you’re in Scotland.
Edinburgh is a city that has its history on full display. It’s Old Town dates back to the Medieval times, and that’s just one of the things that make it such a beautiful and fascinating city to explore. It’s the best place to be around New Year, known as Hogmanay. But there are plenty of things to do in Edinburgh no matter what time of year it is. You won’t be too far away from Loch Ness either if you want to catch a glimpse of the fabled monster.
Inverness is one of the country’s smaller cities, but it still has a lot going for it. If you’re looking for a more relaxed and lowkey city break, this could be the perfect destination for you. It has plenty of old homes, castles and cathedrals that you can spend your day exploring if you enjoy that kind of activity. The coast is close by too, so you can visit the shore when you have some spare time. All in all, it’s a nice little city to spend time in.
Heading further north, you’ll find the city of Aberdeen. It has golden sands and a long promenade for you to walk. Balmoral Castle and the city’s Maritime Museum are two of the standout highlights that you might want to explore when you’re there. It has very attractive grey stone buildings, which gave Aberdeen its nickname, The Granite City.
Last but not least is Glasgow. It’s the country’s largest and most populous city, making it a hit with tourists heading to Scotland for the first ever time. It’s certainly a city you don’t want to miss. It’s known as a very sociable and vibrant city these days, and that’s largely down to the nightlife and culture that the city can boast. It’s also a great city for fans of interesting architecture, and you’ll notice that as soon as you arrive.
Scotland shouldn’t fly under your radar. It’s a country with as much to offer as England, especially if you’re a lover of great cities like these.