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The Central Belt of Scotland is that part of the country which stretches from Glasgow in the west to Edinburgh in the east, and contains the majority of the population. The region varies greatly, from the country's two major cities and the ancient capital, Dunfermline, to the rural areas of the South Region.


Central Belt regions - Color-coded map
the area around Glasgow
  The Lothians
the area around Edinburgh
  Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire
the mountainous, more rural county in the north of the region

Cities and towns[edit]

Map of Central Belt


  • 1 Edinburgh (Gaelic: Dùn Èideann)
  • 2 Glasgow (Gaelic: Glaschu)
  • 3 Stirling (Gaelic: Sruighlea)


  • 4 Bo'ness (Gaelic: Ceann Fhàil)
  • 5 Cumbernauld (Gaelic: Comar nan Allt)
  • 6 Falkirk (Gaelic: An Eaglais Bhreac)
  • 7 Linlithgow (Gaelic: Gleann Iucha)
  • 8 Livingston (Gaelic: Baile Dhùn Lèibhe)
  • 9 Paisley (Gaelic: Pàislig) – a town known for its textiles, the popular raindrop pattern is also named after this town.

Other destinations[edit]

  • 1 Elderslie Elderslie on Wikipedia (Gaelic: Ach na Feàrna) – This is a small village between the towns of Paisley and Johnstone. It is the birthplace of William Wallace.


Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Major roads into the Central Belt are:

By train[edit]

Trains from England arrive in the main rail stations in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

By plane[edit]

There are three major airports in this area of Scotland: one serving the capital, Edinburgh, and two serving Glasgow.

Get around[edit]

See Scotland#Get around.

  • ScotRail run the rail franchise in Scotland. A few cross border trains are run by other companies, but they operate long distance services and only stop in the larger rail stations.






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