The Central Belt

The Forth Rail Bridge
The Forth Rail Bridge

The Central Belt

The Central Belt of Scotland is a term used to describe the ‘waist’ of Scotland, which, despite its name, is not actually in the centre of the country.

Depending on the source of information, the exact area will differ, but for this website I’m covering Glasgow, Edinburgh and more or less everything in between (see map opposite).

With a population of around 3½ million, it’s by far the most populated part of the country and historically the beating heart of Scotland, but that’s not to say there’s nothing here for the tourist; on the contrary, Edinburgh is one of the most visited places in the UK, and even Glasgow is shaking off its former reputation as an industrial city with an impressive list of cultural attractions to add to its renowned nightlife.

The two big cities are the obvious focal points for the traveller, but there are other places that deserve a mention, such as the Firth of Forth and the Clyde Valley, to name just two.

I’ve been as guilty as anyone in the past to make a beeline for the more obvious attractions that make Scotland such a popular destination, but having now spent more time in this region than previously, to my shame, I have to say that there’s more to see here than I first thought – and I’m nowhere finished yet.