Gay Urban Scotland –

Author: , April 18th, 2019

Kilts - Deposit Photos

When you think of Scotland, you may think of a rustic, romantic countryside with rolling hills and majestic Lochs. But in addition to the country’s picturesque pastoral views, there’s tons to discover in Scotland’s urban centers.

LGBTQ travelers in particular should put gay urban Scotland at the top of their travel to-dos. Scotland has been considered one of the best countries in all of Europe for LGBTQ equality, legalizing same-sex marriage in 2014 and banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity since 2010.

Scotland’s urban centers boast outstanding culinary options, vibrant nightlife, world-class arts and thriving LGBTQ communities.

Check out some highlights of Scotland’s urban metropolises below, and visit VisitScotland to plan your trip today.

Home to the world’s largest arts festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland’s capital is the perfect place to see the most exciting artists of today and tomorrow alongside a city so rich with history its Old Town and New Town have been designated World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

By Andy – Full Story at

Southern Scotland Gay Travel Resources


Surprising Gay Glasgow – Gay Star Travel

Author: , October 4th, 2017

gay Glasgow

English people like me hold plenty of prejudices about Glasgow. But Scotland’s biggest city is actually a cultural powerhouse – friendly, creative and sophisticated.

People Make Glasgow

‘Don’t you worry about the weather,’ the receptionist at my hotel told me as I checked in. ‘You’re set fair for today.’

Two hours later, I was wrestling with my umbrella as gail-force rains lashed over me. But he’d said it with a smile and Glaswegian enthusiasm is infectious.
The locals have a different attitude to the weather from the rest of us. The odd shower is inevitable. But although they can’t be trusted with forecasting, they are the absolute highlight of the city in every other way. They are direct, friendly and outspoken.
In that spirit, the tourist board changed their brand in 2013 to ‘People Make Glasgow’. You can’t argue with that.

Flourishing Music Scene

Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music and boasts one of Britain’s best live music scenes. They say that you haven’t seen Glasgow until you’ve seen a gig there. And there’s plenty to choose from, with around 130 live music events a week. Whether you like classical, pop, jazz, electronica, indie or country, you’ll find it in Glasgow.

By Tris Reid-Smith – Full Story at Gay Star News

Gay Glasgow Travel Resources

Gay Glasgow Like a Local

Author: , June 18th, 2015

David MacNicolTV worker and Airbnb user David MacNicol on fish and chips, Glasgow’s bustling arts scene and evenings in with his boyfriend.

I’ve lived here since… September 2001. Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Kylie was number one. Nobody had even heard of Facebook. I wore incredibly baggy jeans. You could still smoke inside and 3.5 inch floppy discs were still a thing.

Now I make television programmes and live with my boyfriend in our flat in the Southside.

My favorite queer bar has to be… The Polo Lounge is the most popular gay club in Scotland. A thorn in the side of many the discerning and culturally savvy queer, but you all know that when push comes to shove, that every LGBT person harbours a secret soft spot for it and no trip to Glasgow would be complete without a visit.

Here in Glasgow, I always look forward to… Menergy, which is a regular club night at AXM hosted by my fabulous friend Lady Guillotina Munter, featuring the hottest drag acts from the States and all over the world. It’s a fantastic place to let your synthetic (and/or otherwise) hair down and maybe don a beaded lash. Should you so desire.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Southern Scotland Gay Travel Resources

Six Affordable Things to Do in Glasgow

Author: , March 29th, 2015

Glasgow - Tommy Burson

Not long ago, Glasgow resembled Detroit — once proud city in the midst of a depression that was characterized by liquor, drugs, and crime. Today, Glasgow is possibly the trendiest city in the UK, catering a booming arts scene and a musical surge reminiscent of Motown in Detroit. Despite the Scottish hotspot’s growing popularity (and the all-mighty pound), there are still lots of free or nearly free ways to enjoy all the culture to be found here. These are some of our favorites.

Glasgow School of Art

The magnum opus of Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is among the most stunning creations in the industrial-driven city. You can see his touch in each carefully etched each detail of the building, from the grandiose library to the individual high-backed chairs (more fit for an NBA all-star than the average person). Architecture students give hour-long tours of the building for #10 (just under $15), but visiting is completely free.

By Tommy Burson – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Southern Scotland Gay Travel Resources

New Glasgow Queer Film Festival Starts in Two Weeks

Author: , March 4th, 2015

GlitchGLITCH is Scotland’s first Queer, Trans, Intersex, People of Colour Film Festival. A 10 day festival that runs from 19th – 28th March which will be held at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow.

28 events and screenings including 72 films with 16 visiting filmmakers, and best of all every single event is FREE of charge.

For this First Edition GLITCH have kept their programming focus of films by or about people of colour – so GLITCH is a queer, trans, intersex, people of colour film festival with the abbreviation of QTIPOC. There are films about road movies, love, prisons, cooking, BDSM, life drawing, diasporas, colonialism, dance, fireworks, death, the play of light, lipstick, racism, shop work, night life, children, poetry, outer space, sex work, ancient rites, mothers, pet dogs and more!

Full Story at The Gay UK | Southern Scotland Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Free Things to Do in Glasgow

Author: , May 7th, 2014

Scotland - Google Maps

Google Maps

The image of Scotland’s largest city as a hard and dirty industrial center is long gone. Instead, this former European Capital of Culture is now widely regarded as one of Britain’s most lively and stylish urban destinations. It boasts the best shopping experience in the U.K. outside of London and is home to a variety of annual festivals celebrating everything from rock music and comedy to literature and the arts.

Once regarded as “The Second City of the British Empire,” it remains a well-preserved example of Victorian excess and enlightenment, offering numerous museums and art galleries, of which more than 20 are free to visit.

The city is easy to get around. Many of the attractions are within walking distance of each other or can be reached by the city’s unique subway system known fondly as the Clockwork Orange. Opened in 1896, it is the third oldest metro system in the world after London and Budapest, and has only one circle line serving 15 stations with a train every four minutes at peak times.

By Paul Kelbie – Edge Boston | Southern Scotland Gay Travel Resources

2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Will Include a Pride House

Author: , February 24th, 2014

Glasgow Commonwealth GamesAhead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow organisers have announced a Pride House event for LGBT athletes and fans. The centre is to be situated in Albion Street, where facilities will allow spectators to watch and interact with the Games throughout its proceedings.

Having provided #25,000 for the centre, the Scottish Government is hoping that the Pride House event will help to tackle homophobia within the sporting industry.

It is hoped that the venue will allow its visitors to gain more information and advice about the wider range of LGBT programmes throughout the year.

See the Full Story at Pink News

Click here for gay travel resources in Southern Scotland.