This page features links to attraction guides and tourist information articles about the regions of Scotland.
Table of Contents
- Regions of Scotland (including cities)
- Search for attractions in Scotland
- FAQs about the regions of Scotland
Regions of Scotland (including cities)
Edinburgh needs no introduction. As Scotland’s capital city it’s home to many of the country’s top tourist attractions including Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, not to mention beautiful green spaces like Holyrood Park and stunning viewpoints such as Calton Hill. The city is also home to an eclectic mix of traditional pubs and ultra-modern bars and restaurants.
- Tips & Advice For Visiting Edinburgh
- The Essential Tourist Guide to Edinburgh
- Things to Do in Edinburgh – Complete Visitor Guide
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is home to a dizzying number of tourist attractions – most of which are completely free. Kelvingrove Museum will keep families entertained for hours while children will be fascinated by the activities in the Glasgow Science Centre. There’s also the Riverside Museum and the Tall Ship, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and The People’s Palace, to name just a few.
- Things to Do in Glasgow – Complete Visitor Guide
- Interesting Facts About Glasgow
- Things to Do in Glasgow in a Weekend
The Highlands is the largest area of Scotland, yet it’s also the least inhabited. Visitors to the Scottish Highlands can lose themselves in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes where dramatic mountain ranges and vast glassy lochs are waiting to be discovered around every corner.
- Things to Do in the Scottish Highlands – Complete Visitor Guide
- Virtual Tours of the Scottish Highlands
- The Best Munros in Scotland – Ultimate Visitor Guide
Outer Hebrides and Inner Hebrides
Scotland’s Hebridean islands offer visitors some of the best experiences in the United Kingdom. The archipelago is split into two regions – the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides. Highlights of the Inner Hebrides are the stunning scenery of Skye and the whisky distilleries of Islay. The Outer Hebrides, meanwhile, are famous for the ancient stone circle at Callanish on Lewis and the white sand beaches of Barra.
- Islay Whisky Distillery Tours – The Ultimate Guide
- 20 Interesting Facts About the Isle of Skye
- The Best Beaches on the Isle of Tiree
Central Scotland & Tayside and Fife
The regions of Central Scotland, Tayside & Fife are absolutely chock-a-block full of beautiful landscapes. From the pretty coastal villages of the East Neuk of Fife to the serene waters of Loch Leven Nature Reserve, visitors have endless choices when it comes to finding things to do.
- Virtual Tours of Central Scotland
- Summer in Scotland – The Best Places to Visit
- Free Attractions in Central Scotland
Strathclyde has a lot going for it. In addition to its amazing castles, coastline, forests, mountains, and lochs, this region is one of the best places in Scotland to use as a base for sightseeing tours. The gorgeous Loch Lomond and Trossachs lie to the south, Glasgow sits near its centre, and the northern section extends into Argyll & Bute.
- The Best Lochs in Scotland – Ultimate Visitor Guide
- How to Tour Scotland by Train
- How to Avoid Midges in Scotland
The Lothian region is perhaps best known as the home of Edinburgh, but that shouldn’t stop tourists from exploring beyond the city as there are a multitude of attractions waiting to be discovered. Whether it’s water sports on the Firth of Forth or castle tours in East Lothian, this is one area of Scotland that’s an absolute must-visit.
- Things to Do in East Lothian – Complete Visitor Guide
- Virtual Tours of East Lothian
- Where Are the Best Outlander Tours in Scotland?
Grampian is a diverse region that includes the city of Aberdeen, part of the Cairngorm National Park, and the superb coastline between Fraserburgh and Nairn. As well as being an outdoor lover’s paradise it is highly rated by whisky enthusiasts thanks to the Speyside area which is one of Scotland’s largest producers of single malt whisky.
The Scottish Borders
The Borders is a region that’s best known for its beautiful abbeys, tranquil forests, and gorgeous coastline. It can be reached within an hour from Edinburgh so it’s ideal for visitors that want to escape the city to enjoy the world-class 7Stanes mountain biking trails or walk along rolling hills on the John Muir Way.
Dumfries & Galloway
Dumfries & Galloway is a very popular tourist destination, partly because of its attractive coastline and partly because of its vast stretches of unspoilt forest. The region plays host to a number of festivals each year including the superb Big Burns Supper, and it’s one of Scotland’s top destinations for nature lovers thanks to the stunning Solway Firth.
- Where Can You See the Northern Lights in Scotland?
- The Best Non-Touristy Places to Go in Scotland
- Free Attractions in Dumfries & Galloway
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FAQs about the regions of Scotland
How many counties are there in Scotland?
There are 32 counties in Scotland. These are:
Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland Isles, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Western Isles.
What are Scotland’s regions?
The regions of Scotland are:
Strathclyde (including Glasgow), Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders, Lothian (including Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Fife, Tayside, Grampian, Highland, Western Isles, Shetland and Orkney.
What is the smallest county in Scotland?
Clackmannanshire is the smallest county in Scotland. It is also the smallest county in Britain. Clackmannanshire (often abbreviated to Clacks) has a total size of 61.4 square miles, or 159 square km. The population is around 51,000.
How many cities are there in Scotland?
There are 7 cities in Scotland. These are:
Inverness: Location – Highland. Size – 26.6 sq km. Population – 47,000.
Aberdeen: Location – Northeast. Size (including council area) – 185.7 sq km. Population – 198,000.
Dundee: Location – Southeast. Size – 51.8 sq km. Population – 150,000.
Stirling: Location – Central. Size – 16.7 sq km. Population – 38,000.
Glasgow: Location – Southwest. Size (including council area) – 175 sq km. Population – 632,000.
Edinburgh: Location – Southeast. Size – 119 sq km. Population – 507,000.
Perth: Location – Central. Size – 17.5 sq km. Population – 47,000.