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Exploring the Small Cities of Scotland, UK



Iverness is the only city in the highland area of Scotland. It is a great place to relocate if you are outdoorsy and like exploring natural scenery. You also get the benefits of living in a city, as there is good transportation, and it is also one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. It is in the area of the legendary Loch Ness monster, so perhaps you will get a glimpse at a famous monster-like inhabitant. Around the city there are nice rolling hills and little cottages, so you get the urban convenience and can still escape to the countryside.



Stirling is the smallest and most recently developed Scottish city, but is full of history. The city hosts Bannockburn, the most famous battle field in the country’s history. There is also a castle overlooking the city. It is small so it is easy to navigate. It is also a university city. Living in Stirling is cheaper than any of the cities in Central Scotland. It is not far from either Glasgow or Edinburgh, so you could easily commute. It is a healthy, safe place.



Abderdeen is known as an industrial center. The city has a long and sandy coastline, and the area has been inhabited for over 8,000 years. It has two universities, and is the educational center of Northeastern Scotland. It has a very busy heliport and seaport, and does much action in the oil business. However, Aberdeen does have a good deal of grey granite buildings with mica deposits that sparkle like silver. The city also has 45 great parks and gardens, and flowers are displayed throughout the city.



Dundee is a small city in central Eastern Scotland, on the bank of the Firth of Tay, which feeds into the North Sea. Its area has been occupied since the Mesolithic time. In the past, it was known as a city of wool production, then for marmalade and journalism. It has two universities, and is the most densely populated area of Scotland. Because of its geographic location, its winters are not as severe as in the rest of Scotland. It is known today for its digital entertainment industry and scientific activities. Dundee is going under some urban renewal at the moment. Most of the architecture consists of tall Victorian tenements that are usually four stories high, and made out of beige or brown sandstone. The outer estates of the city are some of the most impoverished areas of the UK, and a lot of them are being knocked down.


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