Scotland’s beauty is renowned and being able to leave a city and see the sea or rolling hills within the hour is amazing, but the towns and cities themselves have so much to offer. When looking for weekend city break in Scotland whether it be the architecture of Edinburgh, the rich maritime history of Aberdeen or the cool city vibe of Glasgow you will certainly be able to find a place to enjoy.
What are the Best Cities for Taking a City Break in Scotland?
Scotland’s capital certainly gives you everything you could want from a city break. Wherever you stay in Edinburgh you will not be far a way from the history of the city. You just need to decide when to visit this incredible city. Do you want to take in everything from the Old Towns Grassmarket and Edinburgh Castle to the Royal Botanic Gardens of New Town that can be visited all year around or the Festival Fringe that takes place every August to get your comedy and performance fix? Obviously if you do not plan on attending the Fringe and just want to see Edinburgh’s own culture and history I would avoid August as the place in bursting at the seams and finding accommodation can be difficult. If you only manage to spend a day in Edinburgh there will be plenty of attractions to return for!
Growing out of the industrial revolution and now the home of more live music venues than anywhere else in Scotland, the city is now a top cultural attraction. Glasgow is full of museums and art galleries giving everyone looking for a place to absorb the culture of Scotland something to see. This port city sitting on the banks of the River Clyde has also made a name for itself as a theatre destination, showing some of the top stage shows and opera from its many historic venues. Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Glasgow Science Centre by day, do a bit of window shopping in one of the best shopping destinations in the UK and then enjoy the pubs, bars and music venues for a fun packed weekend.
Scotland’s fourth largest city, Dundee, sitting on the north bank of the River Tay and the up to its highest point Dundee Law. Long has the city been in the shadows on Edinburgh and Glasgow but redevelopment along the waterfront and becoming the United Kingdom’s first UNESCO city of design has given it the push into the lime light it has needed. The waterside also gives you great attractions like Discovery Point and the V&A Dundee to visit or get into the wild at Camperdown Wildlife Centre.
A city rich in maritime history, Aberdeen in north east Scotland is a cosmopolitan city made of sparking granite which gives it its “Silver City” nickname. From the picturesque cobbled streets of the Old Aberdeen and Scotland’s oldest bridge, Brig o’Balgownie, to the golden sands of the beach there are plenty of attractions in Aberdeen to make a 48 hour city break worthwhile.
The most northern of Scotland’s major cities is the Highland capital, Inverness, sits about 4 hours away from Glasgow and Edinburgh by car. Most people will know Inverness for it close neighbour Loch Ness and the famous Nessie but the pretty city has a lot more to offer. With Inverness Castle and its park like grounds and St Andrews Cathedral among its attractions. And although this is about the city breaks you should really think about using Inverness as a base to hire a car and explore the breath-taking beauty of the Scottish Highlands – after you have explored the city of course!
There are many more beautiful cities that you can take a city break in Scotland like Stirling and Perth so have a think about what you want from your trip and maybe make an adventure of it and string a few together. What ever you decide to do, enjoy it and lets us know.
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Chris is a Number cruncher by work day, seeker of new experiences by weekend – always looking to spend 48 hours somewhere! Seen 4 continents, 26 countries and 100’s of city’s hoping to add a few more each year.