Just like any other Scotland city, Dundee is full of majestic castles, so make sure to tour some of them!
If your trip starts and ends in Scotland, make sure you hit all of these cities so that you have the best and most genuine experience in getting to know this old and stunning country. Even if you can only choose one city, you will not miss as they are all great and absolutely worth visiting!
If you seek a memorable family vacation, couple’s getaway, or an exciting solo trip, you made the right choice with Scotland. However, you might need some help with making plans, especially if this is your first time visiting the country. So, check out our list of the top 5 must-visit cities in Scotland to start with!
A lovely city and only a day’s trip away from Edinburgh, Dundee is the fourth-largest city in Scotland and a must-see for every traveler! Dundee has grown rapidly since the 12th century and is now one of the most improving cities in Europe, with a high potential for new industrial sites, a number of intricate bridges, and scientific activities. Visit the St. Mary’s tower, the oldest building here, a part of the five City Churches, along with other stunning establishments. Whichever way you decide to go, pay attention to the perfect mix of 15th-century architecture and the Early Modern Era works, which perfectly depict Dundee’s history.
Usually, a part of all tours to Scotland, Glasgow is the most populous city in the country, constantly blessed with foreigners and tourists. Very significant to the country’s cultural and historical background, the city has many establishments for you to visit if you want to find out more about the olden days of the area. Make sure to explore the University of Glasgow, impressive in its age and architecture, then spend some time learning about art and crafts at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. If you can, catch a show at the Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera to feel closer to the authentic richness of Scotland’s culture.
As a part of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is an excellent destination if you want that fresh air of nature and the sights of a Modern-day city! Actually, the area is so lovely and cozy; it has been declared the happiest city in Scotland and the second happiest place in the UK. Proud of the high quality of life and stunning surroundings, Inverness will be the highlight of your trip. Be sure to stop by the Inverness Castle and Botanical Gardens, and when nature gets a bit overwhelming, move on to the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery to explore the exhibits of famous painters and artists!
Probably to no one’s surprise, we must start with the capital city! Stunning in its gloomy colors, intricate architecture, scenic landscapes, and dramatic historical background, Edinburgh is the center of Scotland’s culture and traditions. Visit the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, roam up and down the hills and narrow streets, see the traditional souvenir shops and try out the famous Scottish cuisine.
A more joyous city, Aberdeen is considered the flower of Scotland, full of parks and gardens with colorful flora arrangements and impressive greenery. But that is not the only reason you should come here. Blessed with an oceanic climate and mild weather, Aberdeen is very enjoyable any time of the year.
In the 12th century, the city received Royal burgh status by David 1st of Scotland, which changed the economy drastically, and the improvements can be seen to this day. There are two great universities you can visit, and walk around the Old Town. If you decide to inspect Aberdeen’s gardens more closely, we suggest going to Duthie Park!