Posted by on October 7, 2018

Scotland’s a fun place all year round, where you can spend an afternoon wandering around a city, visiting galleries, and an evening at a lively bar, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying a drink and a delicious meal.

There are some great LGBT events happening throughout the year, while a number of bars, restaurants and clubs offer themed nights, parties, exhibitions and much, much more.
In February, Scotland celebrates LGBT History Month with an excellent selection of programs and activities right across the country, so you can enjoy everything from film screenings and debates to parties and ceilidhs.

Although most Scots are tolerant of homosexuality, couples overtly displaying affection away from acknowledged ‘gay’ venues or districts may encounter disapproval. So always have your street smarts about you!

Edinburgh and Glasgow have small but flourishing gay scenes.

Gay Edinburgh


Auld Reekie

Edinburgh’s gay pride festivities, Pride Scotia, take place every June. The colourful parade sees people of all ages and walks of life march through the city, finishing with a festival which includes a BBQ, health and community fair, live music and entertainment.

Scotland’s capital city offers a year-round calendar of activities and events which peaks in summer with the fantastic festivals. They always include a wide variety of shows with an LGBT theme, from theatre and comedy to club nights and exhibitions.

Things to do in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Castle – No trip to Edinburgh would be possible without gazing upon the 12th-century icon of the city. Utterly mesmerizing – this beautiful location has actually been the site of some of Scotland’s bloodiest conflicts.
  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Art or trash? High fashion or poncy bullshit? It’s up to you to decide with this extensive modern art collection and outdoor sculpture park.
  • Summerhall – The former Royal School of Veterinary Studies now transformed into a creative hub with studios, workspaces, hipster cafe + bar. Keep an eye out for hipster events here.
  • Explore Royal Mile – The historic thoroughfare, running through Edinburgh’s Old Town from the Castle to Holyrood. Filled with many of the cities most spectacular buildings you could wander for hours!
  • Stockbridge Market – A sublime street market taking place every Sunday featuring plenty of food, art, and creative crafts. We loved especially the passion from these independent small traders.
  • Jupiter Artland – If the weather is nice this is a relaxing contemporary art park and gallery with outdoor work by some of the world’s leading sculpture and land artists.
  • Holyrood Palace – The famous 16th-century palace now the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Sign up for tours of royal reception rooms and see plenty of antiques and relics.
  • Hike Arthurs Seat – A escape from the city, conquering this extinct volcano is a great way to get some fresh air and see the city from a completely different angle.
  • Scotch Whisky Experience – Have you even been to Scotland if you don’t know the difference between scotch and whisky and single malts? This museum tells the tale of the Scot’s national drink including a fantastic – if somewhat – bizarre barrel ride. Or why not get a guided tour of the best Scottish whisky bars from a fellow whisky lover?
  • Museum of Scotland – A modern museum showcasing the best of Scotland with historical relics, intriguing exhibits, and a nice cafe.
  • Stirling Castle – Ok, not in Edinburgh but an easy trip if you have hired a car. You really shouldn’t miss one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally.
  • Scottish National Gallery – Art lovers can’t go past this national collection which includes both European and Scottish masterpieces and intriguing seasonal exhibitions from all over the world.

Where to stay in Gay Edinburgh

Where to Play in Gay Edinburgh

LGBT visitors will enjoy a warm welcome at bars and restaurants across the city, and there’s also a small but friendly gay scene home to a number of great cafés, bars and restaurants.


Gay Glasgow

Dear Green Place

Glasgow is home to a wealth of museums and galleries and its calendar is packed full of shows, festivals and other exciting events.

Glasgow Women’s Library is one of a kind in Scotland with a remarkable range of materials and publications relating to women’s lives, histories and achievements. The fascinating collections include the Women’s Suffrage Collection containing artefacts such as card games, jewellery, postcards and clocks; a Lesbian Archive featuring journals, personal papers, pulp fiction and other materials; and the National Museum of Roller Derby dedicated to the ever-growing sport pioneered by women.

Things to do in Gay Glasgow

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – The most popular attraction in Glasgow, this Spanish baroque style building houses 22 themed galleries displaying an amazing 8000 objects with everything from Scottish Colourists to a RAF Mark 21 Supermarine Spitfire and a stuffed Asian elephant.
  • Glasgow Botanic Gardens – An award-winning 27-acre park for plants, working vegetable plot and Victorian cast-iron glasshouse
  • Aye-Aye Books – A fabulous little bookshop tucked away within the Centre for Contemporary Arts focussing on cultural and critical theory, LGBT literature, magazines and journals and radical books.
  • The Barras – A weekend market which is famous as the go-to for bric-a-brac, antiques and all your hipster needs.
  • People’s Palace – Glasgow was booming during the Industrial revolution, and here you can get a taste of the cities social history – as well as a beautiful glasshouse cafe.
  • Luke & Jack – The most popular and friendly gay sex toy shop in Scotland – It’s really an institution so if you have forgotten anything at home, just want to browse to get some more advice on Glasgow’s gay events this is the place to go!

Places to stay in Gay Glasgow

Places to Play in Gay Glasgow


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The Granite City

Established in 1996, Cheerz has been at the heart of Aberdeen’s small but welcoming gay scene for the best part of two decades. Pop in to enjoy the weekly pub quiz on Wednesdays or karaoke on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus pop and dance music and good-value drinks throughout the rest of the week.


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City of Discovery

Winner of Scotland’s Best Independent Bar 2014, Klozet is Dundee’s largest gay bar and is ideal for anyone looking to have a great time in a fun, casual atmosphere. The bar boasts a classy, understated decor and a great selection of drinks, with karaoke, live music and special events taking place throughout the week.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, Before Out is a relaxed gay bar offering great drinks promos, free pool and karaoke on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Pop in before 11pm for a stamp to get free entry to Out, a fun and relaxed nightclub just around the corner on Seagate.


Gay Scotland

Gateway to the Highlands -A second branch of the Glasgow bar of the same name, Katie’s Bar & Bistro is a gay-friendly bar and restaurant in the town centre. Tuck into tasty pub food or get ready for a night out with drinks and cocktails, all at low prices and in a vibrant atmosphere.

Other cities to visit will in Scotland. Although, not on any Gay Map, they are certainly worth the visit.


Gay Scotland

The Capital of the Highlands

Inverness is Scotland’s most northerly city. At the heart of the Highlands, this city is placed perfectly for those who like to get out into the wild at the weekend while enjoying urban life in this compact but beautiful city.

Inverness is rapidly changing and is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities with a third of the Highland population living in or around the city. It’s also ranked highly as one of the best British cities for its quality of life, and a survey found that Inverness is the happiest place to live in Scotland and the second happiest in the UK.

Inverness offers a fantastic choice of events and festivals from music, golf championships and iconic Highland Games on top of art, history and heritage events.


Gay Scotland

The Fair City

Perth is Scotland’s newest city receiving its status from the Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

However, Perth is also an ancient place, with a rich and influential history that stretches back over 800 years. Perth was once Scotland’s capital and has always been one of the most important political, judicial and commercial centres in Scotland. At nearby Scone Palace, many of the Scottish kings were crowned on the Stone of Destiny.

Today, Perth is a bustling city of around 50,000 inhabitants. It offers a range of entertainment, shops, cafés and restaurants and is recognized as one of Scotland’s premier culinary centres.

Perth Festival is one of the highlights in Scotland’s cultural calendar with classical music, opera, jazz, rock, folk and visual art taking centre stage. The annual event lasts for a couple of weeks and is usually held in May.

So enjoy your Visit to Gay Scotland! Book your Gaytrip now!

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