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LGBT+

Scotland is internationally recognised as a welcoming and inclusive nation. Whether you're thinking about a weekend city break, a longer holiday escape, or the perfect romantic backdrop for your wedding, you're guaranteed to fall in love with Scotland!

A leading country for LGBT+ equality legislation, Scotland has fantastic events happening throughout the year, as much history and culture as you could possibly want, iconic sights, beautiful scenery, and a diverse nightlife scene that has something for everyone!

LGBT+ events

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  • LGBT History Month (February): In February every year, Scotland celebrates LGBT History Month. We have an excellent selection of programmes and activities right across the country - you can enjoy everything from film screenings and debates to parties and ceilidhs!
  • Pride Edinburgh (June): Edinburgh's gay pride event takes place every June. The colourful parade sees thousands of people of all ages and walks of life march through the city, finishing with a festival which includes a BBQ, health and community fair, live music and entertainment.
  • Pride Glasgow (August): The Pride Glasgow celebrations, which take place in August every year, are famed for their fun and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy an amazing programme of events including parties, club nights and art exhibitions.
  • Scottish Queer International Film Festival (October): An annual festival in Glasgow, that also provides year-round events across various locations, with the goal of getting people watching, talking about, and making LBGT+ films!
  • Outspoken Arts Scotland: This organisation commission, produce and present a range of work across theatre, live art, dance, visual art, club and community events.
  • Wild Cabaret: This Glasgow cabaret bar has regular, colourful performances that are not to be missed!

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 advice, any large events are subject to cancellation. If you are planning to visit in 2020, please check the event website for the latest information.

More resources to find out what's on in Scotland:

  • Pink Saltire: LGBT+ news in Scotland.
  • LGBT Scotland: Directory listings including venues, groups, organisations, associations and resources for anyone living in or visiting Scotland.
  • Meetup events: See Edinburgh and Glasgow LGBT+ Meetup groups, where you can meet liked-minded others.
  • LGBT Health & Wellbeing: With branches in Edinburgh and Glasgow, this organisation provides social events, as well as general support - see their helpful guide to what's on.
  • See all Pride events in Scotland.

See all events in Scotland.


LGBT+ CITY BREAKS

LGBT+ city breaks

Scotland's two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, have particularly active LGBT+ communities.

While Glasgow is best known for its cool, modern vibe and incredibly friendly locals, Edinburgh oozes sophistication and historic charm.

Here are some of our top picks in Glasgow and Edinburgh! (Although don't feel you have to stop there! Discover all of Scotland's cities.)

GLASGOW

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Glasgow's lively LGBT+ scene is made up of a host of stylish bars and clubs, mostly located around the Merchant City area.

  • Delmonica's on Virginia Street is stylish yet casual, offering Fairtrade coffee during the day and great drink promotions at night, with pub quizzes, karaoke nights and free pool.
  • Katie's Bar on John Street boasts a huge, open-plan space with comfy seats, pool tables and a stylish brick décor. Events include karaoke nights and performances from both local and international names.
  • Speakeasy is also nearby, a relaxed bar serving sandwiches and pub classics from 5 - 9pm followed by drinks into the wee hours.
  • Underground, also on John Street, is perfect for a coffee during the day or for pre-drinks before a night out. It hosts a range of special events, such as Eurovision parties or bingo on Sunday afternoons.
  • The Gallery Bar on Brunswick Street is friendly and relaxed with well-priced drinks, great music, TVs showing live sports and entertainment at the weekends.
  • The Waterloo on Argyle Street is Glasgow's longest-established gay bar and one of the oldest in Scotland, having been around for over 30 years. Popular and down to earth, it attracts a mixed but mostly older crowd of loyal regulars.
  • The Polo Lounge on Wilson Street is one of Scotland's biggest and most popular LGBT clubs. Its three floors draw in a diverse crowd, offering well-priced drinks and different themes and styles of music throughout the week.
  • AXM on Glassford Street, sister branch of the famous Manchester locale, opens from Wednesday to Sunday with themed club nights on their two floors. The club offers live entertainment from international drag queens and pop acts.

Find more about food and drink in Glasgow and discover more great bars and restaurants around the city.

EDINBURGH

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Scotland's fabulous capital city, Edinburgh, offers a year-round calendar of activities and events, including the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • CC Blooms on Greenside Place is a landmark on the Edinburgh gay scene for over 20 years, offering a range of dishes in its elegant upstairs diner. In the evening it becomes a vibrant cocktail bar with a buzzing downstairs dance floor and free entry.
  • The Street is just along the road - a classy gay-friendly bar offering a wide selection of cocktails and a tasty menu of burgers, wraps and nachos. Themed nights and pub quizzes take place during the week.
  • The Regent on Montrose Terrace claims to be 'the best real ale gay bar in Edinburgh', serving up a great range of beers and ales.
  • Café Habana on Greenside Place is a vibrant, atmospheric bar with good value drinks accompanied by pop tunes.
  • Planet Bar is also nearby on Baxter's Place, and offers comfy seats and a pool table plus quizzes and karaoke on certain nights.
  • Various other bars around Edinburgh also throw occasional LGBT+ nights and events. Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk holds LGBT+ social evenings, while Henry's Cellar Bar, Sneaky Pete's and the Mash House host pop-up club nights.

Find more stylish bars and restaurants around the capital in our guide to food and drink in Edinburgh.

ABERDEEN

Established in 1996, Cheerz has been at the heart of Aberdeen's small but welcoming gay scene for the best part of two decades.

DUNDEE

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. Dundee also has The Salty Dog pub on Crichton Street, and Pout Nightclub on St Andrews Street.

Accommodation

Inverlochy Castle

All businesses in Scotland comply with equality legislation. However, if you are looking for accommodation specifically stating that they are LGBT+ friendly, check out the following listings.

Try Mister B&B, or GayWelcome for accommodation listings.

Or browse all our accommodation listings.

Longer Holiday Breaks

LGBT+ couple on beach

There's so much to see and do in Scotland, and there are memorable highlights in every season! So why not stay a wee bit longer? Get some inspiration for a longer break in Scotland.

We also have some helpful ideas for romantic breaks - with Scotland's sweeping landscapes, castles, fabulous food and drink, and beautiful hotels, it's the perfect romantic destination.

Or alternatively, find out why Scotland is a great place for a solo travel experience!