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While they may not rival the scenes of Glasgow or Edinburgh, several of Scotland’s cities are home to a few fun and friendly gay bars. Below you’ll find recommendations for LGBT travellers, though all visitors can expect a warm welcome at bars and restaurants across Scotland.

Aberdeen

The coastal city of Aberdeen offers much to see and do, from museums and galleries to fine dining and shopping at Union Square, Scotland’s second-biggest shopping centre. The city blooms into colour in summer thanks to 45 parks and gardens, many of them prize-winning, and its sandy beach is ideal for walking, kayaking or dolphin spotting.

Established in 1996, Cheerz has been at the heart of Aberdeen's small but welcoming gay scene for the best part of two decades. Pop in to enjoy the weekly pub quiz on Wednesdays or karaoke on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus pop and dance music and good-value drinks throughout the rest of the week.

Find out more about Aberdeen City & Shire.

Dundee

Once an industrial hub, Dundee is now a lively, cosmopolitan centre brimming with exciting arts and culture. The city centre boasts fantastic shops, museums, theatres and art galleries, while its annual calendar is packed full of exciting events including the Dundee Literary Festival, Dundee Jazz Festival and Mountain Film and the Dundee Flower & Food Festivals, the largest of its kind in Scotland.

Winner of Scotland's Best Independent Bar 2014, Klozet is Dundee's largest gay bar and is ideal for anyone looking to have a great time in a fun, casual atmosphere. The bar boasts a classy, understated decor and a great selection of drinks, with karaoke, live music and special events taking place throughout the week.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, Before Out is a relaxed gay bar offering great drinks promos, free pool and karaoke on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Pop in before 11pm for a stamp to get free entry to Out, a fun and relaxed nightclub just around the corner on Seagate. 

Find out more about Dundee & Angus.

Stirling

A former capital of Scotland, Stirling is steeped in history. The city’s magnificent castle was once home to many Scottish monarchs, including Mary Queen of Scots, while the Battle of Bannockburn took place just outside the city in 1314. The stunning Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is just a short drive away, offering 720 square miles of beautiful mountains and lochs to be explored.

A second branch of the Glasgow bar of the same name, Katie’s Bar & Bistro is a gay-friendly bar and restaurant in the town centre. Tuck into tasty pub food or get ready for a night out with drinks and cocktails, all at low prices and in a vibrant atmosphere.

Find out more about Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley.

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