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What is your favourite city in Scotland?

VisitScotlandStephenVisitScotlandStephen Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
edited November 2016 in Scotland's cities and towns
Whether it is the buzzing nightlife of Glasgow, the wonderful granite architecture of Aberdeen or the castles of Edinburgh, Inverness and Stirling, which Scottish city captures your heart?

What is your favourite city in Scotland? 147 votes

Glasgow
24%
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Edinburgh
51%
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Aberdeen
3%
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Dundee
5%
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Inverness
8%
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Stirling
2%
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Perth
4%
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  • ananyahananyah VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭
    Glasgow
    Glasgow, but I'm biased! I've been living back in the city since 2006 and love it. As the city and surrounding areas is so big, you come across new locations to explore which is great. Don't like the hustle and bustle of the city center? head across to the west end, chill out at one of the many parks we have. 

    Before moving back to Glasgow, I lived in Aberdeen for 5 years while at University and I used to yern to escape down to Glasgow for the weekend. As much as I liked Aberdeen, the grey buildings get a tad depressing at times, especially when mixed with rain or snow!
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  • NatbeesFashionNatbeesFashion VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭
    Edinburgh
    For me it's a no brainer, Edinburgh! I have lived in all 3 big cities of Scotland but Edinburgh is definitely the one that stole my heart!
    Follow my trip around Scotland here  :)
    Also ask me any questions on Instagram or Twitter if you are visiting Aberdeen anytime soon and you need recommendations. 
  • VisitScotlandSheenaVisitScotlandSheena Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Edinburgh
    And Edinburgh for me too, although I'm a little biased as I lived here (or very close by) all my life.

    Having said that I also love the vibrancy of Glasgow - and that feeling when you step off the train at Queen's Street if you haven't visited for a while.
  • travelswithakilttravelswithakilt VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭
    Glasgow
    Gross bias, but Glasgow is home. Born and raised and all that. Love Edinburgh too and can't think of two more complimentary cities.
    Scotland travel blogger and writer with a wee bit of photography and video thrown in. Love nothing more than exploring my home country and have a particular leaning towards the outdoors, history and our national drink.

    You can also find me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Tumblr.
  • Foodie_ExplorersFoodie_Explorers Member ✭✭
    Edinburgh
    Love my home city of Glasgow however my fave city is Edinburgh.  The architecture, geography (that view from Hanover street
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  • VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Aberdeen
    I love Aberdeen!  I love the way the granite shimmers in the sunlight - and also in the rain!  :D There's also a great mix of old and new.  Fittie (Footdee) and Old Aberdeen are amazing with the cobbled streets and old buildings.  I am biased, but I love going home and wondering up Union Street in and out of the shopping centres then down to the beach for an ice cream!  :) 
  • Edinburgh
    Edinburgh for the views, Glasgow for the people.
  • HammyHammy Member ✭✭
    Edinburgh
    Edinburgh, especially during August!
  • Robin_Fae_UnstRobin_Fae_Unst Member ✭✭
    It has to be Edinburgh for me, so many great memories created in Edinburgh - but Glasgow is an amazing city for art too, now I am torn, will just have to make visits to them all again to confirm that choice! 
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    Shetland is an amazing and unique location to visit and all of us Shetlanders are eager to share our wonderful little part of the world with everyone, so come along & visit us. 
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  • Edinburgh
    Edinburgh!! (I'm biased too I'm afraid) 

    Lived here all my life and not even visited all the other cities! I will do at some point though! :smile: 
  • MargaretMargaret Member ✭✭
    That's a tough one - they all offer so much and are all so different - will give this one some serious thought :/
  • ShetlandSophShetlandSoph Member ✭✭
    Edinburgh
    My favourite city has to be Edinburgh! It was only recently that I moved there for university and it is so beautiful. You can experience the city life, go for walks in the countryside and even visit the sea! 
  • GoldieGoldie Member
    Glasgow for me.  I love the Glaswegians, great chat and so friendly.  The west end is my favourite part of the city, great restaurants and buzz and you have to go to Ashton Lane where you will also find Glasgow's oldest cinema, The Grosvenor    
  • JaymacJaymac Member
    Edinburgh
    ananyah said:
    Glasgow, but I'm biased! I've been living back in the city since 2006 and love it. As the city and surrounding areas is so big, you come across new locations to explore which is great. Don't like the hustle and bustle of the city center? head across to the west end, chill out at one of the many parks we have. 

    Before moving back to Glasgow, I lived in Aberdeen for 5 years while at University and I used to yern to escape down to Glasgow for the weekend. As much as I liked Aberdeen, the grey buildings get a tad depressing at times, especially when mixed with rain or snow!
    I agree with you about Aberdeen - but I also believe it could really benefit from a campaign a bit like 'Glasgow's Miles Better' back in the 90s?  It would be great to see lots of folk and organisations (and of course the council) getting behind something to put some zing into the city. It's not all about money - but a mix of things and of course the will to change it coming from the local folk.  Glasgow's done it again with People Make Glasgow ...let's hear it for .. a north-east variation on People Make Aberdeen?!! :)
  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2016
    Edinburgh
    Edinburgh a truly beautiful city.  I often take it for granted and then I stop and look up at the castle and think that's insane. We have a castle on a big rock right in the centre of town.  I adore the old town too, the cobbles, closes and early high rise buildings which transport you back in time to the days when "gardyloo" would ring out from above and you'd run for cover.

    And don't get me started on our green space. A short walk into the valley between Arthur's Seat and the crags and the hustle and bustle of city life quickly slips away. You could be in the middle of the Highlands and just to top it off, as if that wasn't spectacular enough there's the photogenic ruin of Saint Anthony's Chapel peering down on St Margaret's Loch. 

    It's a city to inspire authors, poets and artists. A festival city, full of life and vibrancy. 

    It's my home. 
    I'm a Scottish travel blogger and freelance writer with an extensive knowledge of travelling in Scotland.  I'm always on the road exploring my wonderful country.  I love remote places, history and the great outdoors. 




  • VisitScotlandAlisonVisitScotlandAlison Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Edinburgh
    Has to be Edinburgh - the first city I ever visited! Going over the Forth Bridge by train at the age of 4 I was soooooo excited because I thought the train went over the humps like a roller coaster!  The malty smell of the brewery in the cold November air will never leave me.  Edinburgh will always be a magical place full of hidden corners.
  • Glasgow
    Glasgow's people are unbeatable, Edinburgh feels historic, Aberdeen has the solid, northern feel, Stirling has loads to do, great views and friendly hosts. I'd still pick Glasgow as if feels like home despite never having lived there. 
  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Edinburgh

      @winnie Really looking forward to following the Bucket Trail next weekend with my Wee White Dug who's a dead ringer for Wullie's ain wee Harry.  Edinburgh still gets my vote though.  :-)

    I'm a Scottish travel blogger and freelance writer with an extensive knowledge of travelling in Scotland.  I'm always on the road exploring my wonderful country.  I love remote places, history and the great outdoors. 




  • laretourlaretour VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭
    Glasgow
    Glasgow. I am, of course, incredibly biased having spent an amazing 5 years studying there. I love the vibe, I love the people and I love the culture. Having saying that, I'm now living in Edinburgh and it ain't bad either... :wink:
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  • CLARKSMUMCLARKSMUM Member
    Edinburgh
    Born and Raised in Edinburgh , the views, architecture and history as well as the art and folk always makes me smile......... Been all over Scotland and to all the big cities they all have something but Edinburgh has my heart and soul
  • Weejohn1314Weejohn1314 Member
    Perth
    Perth, beautiful city and the gateway to the highlands, a great place to base yourself and travel
  • IknowluxuryIknowluxury Member ✭✭
    Edinburgh
    Edinburgh is like a chocolate box with selection of the best treats...the moment you think it can't get any better, it does! Scenery, people, foodie experiences, attractions, great mix of nationalities living here and visiting this stunning and friendly city...Love it and don't want to live anywhere else! But then, I love Glasgow too-just take a break from window shopping and lift your head to admire the grandeur of the Merchant city's architecture...watch your feet though :)
     
  • YvonneYvonne Member ✭✭
    edited July 2016
    Edinburgh
    Just back from a few days in Inverness and I'd say I now love it equally as much as Edinburgh. Beautiful setting and lots of #ScotSpirit :) Very hard to choose between those 2 for me! 
  • ArgyllCoffeeGodArgyllCoffeeGod Member ✭✭
    Glasgow
    I lived in Glasgow for 20 odd years and to be honest I don't think you can beat it.  Bars, clubs, shops, museums, ease of getting around and the food places are top notch!
    Befuddled, bemused & occasionally talking sense.
  • BecksBecks Member
    Edinburgh
    Edinburgh - came here for Uni years ago.  Still love to be a tourist for the day.
  • AnnieAnnie Member
    Edinburgh
    I was in Scotland two weeks ago and absolutely lost my heart. :smiley: Edinburgh is absolutely beautiful! Inverness as well but I fall in love with Edinburgh (and Skye). :wink:
  • ElmaScotElmaScot Member
    Aberdeen
    Born and grew up in Edinburgh, but Aberdeen's the place for me - I now consider myself naturalised! (And yes, I can now understand the Doric....most of the time). Aberdeen has something for everyone - beautiful buildings (not all of them granite, my personal favourite is King's College Chapel), amazing flowers (not only in the parks), long clean beach, wild dolphins in the sea, peregrine falcons (sometimes) in the air, fascinating ships in the Harbour and Bay and really, really friendly people. However, as someone else commented, it does need a 'people make Aberdeen' campaign or similar....IMHO it's been resting on its laurels for too long and needs the new master plan to be adopted and supported by the people of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
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