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A Guide to Scotland's Cities
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City breaks in 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 a city break holiday 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 within the cities (think award-winning attractions) and just outside (castles, lochs, mountains and more).

Plan your city break holiday

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. Why not explore some of Perth's top-rated hidden gems to learn more about the city?


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.

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