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City breaks Scotland

So where do we start? Let's answer the big question in a nutshell - why would you want to have a city break in Scotland?

Easy. Our seven Scottish cities are perfect for weekend city breaks in the UK because getting there (by air, road or rail) and getting around (by foot, tram, Subway, bicycle, bus…) is super simple. There's plenty to see and do on a city break in Scotland (think award-winning attractions) and just outside (castles, lochs, mountains and more).

Plan your UK city break

Edinburgh City Breaks

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is known worldwide for the terrific annual summer festivals and unbeatable Hogmanay celebrations. Explore on foot to see the architecture of the city centre, visit the best attractions and dine out at a different eatery every day for the perfect Edinburgh city breaks. Enjoy romantic breaks in Edinburgh and uncover the true romance of the capital.

Make the most of your time in the capital with our itineraries:

Glasgow City Breaks

A cool city filled with music, you'll find around 130 events taking place every week in Glasgow's theatres, bespoke concert venues, bars, boutiques and more. Take the Subway or bus around the city for plenty of free museums, galleries and city parks.

Make the most of your time in Glasgow with our itineraries:

Perth City Breaks

An hour north of the central cities, Perth is known as the Fair City - thanks to its stunning setting on the banks of the River Tay, with looming hills all around. Stay in an excellent hotel and explore the shops, galleries and cafés before taking advantage of the location - its on the doorstep of Highland Perthshire, home to Royal palaces, adventure sports and beautiful landscapes. 

Make the most of your time in Perth with our itineraries:

Stirling City Breaks

Tucked in-between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Stirling has seen its fair share of battles - so it's the perfect place to discover the history of the country at Stirling Castle, the National Wallace Monument and the Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre. It's also a great base for exploring Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

Make the most of your time in Stirling with our itineraries:

Inverness City Breaks

It might be our most northerly city, but Inverness is still just 3-4 hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Plus, it's the Highland capital - so not only can you enjoy city culture but you can also easily visit Loch Ness, drive the North Coast 500, or watch for dolphins rising from the waters of the Moray Firth.

Make the most of your city breaks in Inverness with our itinerary:

Dundee City Breaks

Just an hour and a half's drive north-east of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Dundee makes the most of its waterfront location beside the River Tay. Home to the fascinating V&A Dundee, Scotland's first design museum, the city is a cultural hotspot with a fun, friendly vibe. It's also a great spot for families with plenty to keep little minds busy. Why not uncover some of Dundee's hidden gems and secret spots whilst you're exploring?

Dundee has recently been named as one of Lonely Planet's 'Best in Europe 2018' destinations and it's easy to see why with it's cultural scene, historic waterfront, buzzing music, creative events and much more on offer.

Make the most of your time in Dundee with our itinerary:

Aberdeen City Breaks

A couple of hours north and east of central Scotland, Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan city by the sea with a rich maritime history. Take a wander around the city to admire the sparkling granite buildings, and enjoy the culture of its attractions, shops and eateries, and even the beach.

Make the most of your time in Aberdeen with our itinerary: 

How to visit the cities responsibly during the Covid-19 pandemic

We've all noticed a need for time in the great outdoors during the Covid-19 pandemic, but Scotland's cities should still be on our must-visit list for 2021.

Reasons to visit Scotland's cities in 2021

  • Scotland's cities are full of green spaces, and surrounded by countryside so you can have the best of both worlds. A day in the outdoors, and a night out in cool bars and restaurants.
  • There's so much to see and do with lots of museums and galleries, many offering free entry. 
  • It's a chance to get a different perspective. Even if you live in a city, how often are you actually wandering the city streets and visiting attractions on your own doorstep?

It's more important than ever that we are kind and look after each other and Scotland itself. Wherever you're going, it's important to:

  • Plan ahead.
  • Book before you go.
  • Don't leave anything behind.
  • Explore somewhere different.

Read more on being a responsible tourist during the Covid-19 pandemic.