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CENTRAL SCOTLAND

Combining cosmopolitan cities, glorious countryside and some of Scotland’s finest cultural and historic highlights, central Scotland should not be missed on any trip to Scotland.

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DESTINATION GUIDE TO CENTRAL SCOTLAND

guidemapHome to Scotland's largest cities, former royal seats, and the ancestral home of golf you'll experience Scotland old and new in the heart of this little nation.

Nestled between the Highlands in the north and Lowlands in the south, Central Scotland is a band running from East to West encompassing the city of Glasgow and its surrounding counties, Edinburgh and the Lothians and the county of Fife.

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PLACES TO EXPLORE

  • Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling
  • Loch Lomon and the Trossachs
  • Falkirk Wheel
  • Wallace Monument
  • St Andrews, home of golf

This region is Scotland's most populous and is home to the nation's capital, Edinburgh, and her largest city, Glasgow. The cities contrast each other perfectly; Edinburgh is the historic, visually stunning tourist centre whilst Glasgow offers a more urban and contemporary Scottish culture. Both provide a wealth of cultural, historic and commercial attractions and neither should be missed during a visit to Scotland.

Just a short drive from these cities you can see the "Highlands in miniature" along the shores of the stunning Loch Lomond and in the hills of the Trossachs National Park, Scotland's first designated protected national park. This area, located just a stone's throw from the city of Glasgow, provides a true flavour of some of the spectacular natural scenery Scotland has to offer.

Destination guide to Scotland - Castle Stalker

Castle Stalker, Scottish Highlands

The third city in central Scotland, Stirling is a glorious historic centre and was once home to the nation's Royal seat. Stirling's attractions include a castle to rival Edinburgh's for its beauty, the towering Wallace monument, an impressive medieval old town and nearby Bannockburn battlefield and visitor centre. Just a short drive from Stirling is the town of Falkirk notable for the impressive engineering feat of Falkirk Wheel and Doune Castle as featured in the Monty Python film "Life of Brian".

In the East lies the historic county of Fife and St Andrews renowned as the spiritual home of golf and the world's most famous golf course, the town also has an impressive cathedral, castle ruins and prestigious university attended by Prince William.

Combining cosmopolitan cities, glorious countryside and some of Scotland's finest cultural and historic highlights, central Scotland should not be missed on any trip to Scotland.

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