Right off the bat, Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. There always seems to be some confusion on that point. It borders England to the southeast and is otherwise surrounded by water. Oh, and it’s one of the most fun places to visit on Earth.
Scotland is filled with history but it’s also an amazing place to go and just experience life. There is a lot to see and do, not to mention eat and drink. To that end, there are several cities that should be on the itinerary of anyone going there above and beyond Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Dundee is one of Scotland’s largest cities but it’s also reputedly one of the country’s sunniest. Keep in mind that is an incredibly relative statement. Regardless, Dundee has a lot to offer visitors to the region.
It has several great museums, not to mention unique ships to visit. There’s also the self-guided Dundee Architectural Trail tour that shows off the brilliant architecture all around the city. In truth, Dundee is one of the most visually stunning city around.
Located in Scotland’s picturesque west central Lowlands, Paisley is an absolute gem. It’s a great city to get outside in, enjoying the natural beauty and bounty of the region. Paisley is overflowing with incredibly lush, green parks just waiting to be experienced.
This city is also filled with some incredible examples of classic architecture from a variety of eras. The Coats Observatory in particular is worth a visit, as is the Fountain Gardens. Also keep in mind that this was the birthplace of ornamental textile pattern known as Paisley.
On the banks of the River Tay in central Scotland, visitors will find the city of Perth. It is home to some wonderful people and great food. It’s also the home of Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery which is more than worth the stop if you’re ready for a drink.
George Street is an incredible place to go for a bite to eat and a browse of an independent bookstore. Perth is also home to Scotland’s first official woodland park, Kinnoull Hill, which is generally regarded as an incredible place to go for a hike.
Inverness is the Scottish Highlands at their absolute finest. When people daydream of Scotland, this is the city and the area that rests in their minds. As such, Inverness is a must add destination to any trip to the country.
Loch Ness. Urquhart Castle. Culloden Battlefield. These are just a few of this historic Landmarks in the region. But Inverness has other great features, including the Inverness Botanic Gardens, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Glenmorangie Distillery.
Stirling is within easy driving distance of both Edinburgh and Glasgow, making it an obvious addition to any Scottish vacation. The depth of the history in this city is almost impossible to encapsulate in words but it’s a huge part of the draw.
Beyond that, the Stirling Arcade, a Victorian shopping area, is an incredibly unique spot. Stirling is also home to The National Wallace Monument which was built in honor of Sir William Wallace. Plus, a walking tour of Stirling Old Town is never a bad idea.