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Best Scotland Shopping Locations

Buying is normally a need, a luxury or even a pleasure for some of us, so when you’re in a country or city you don’t know, or you have always livedthere but don’t clearly know what the best options are, you’ll definitely need some guidance on deciding where to put your money. Of course there many things and factors to take into account when deciding where to go shopping, like price, variety of stores and products and many others, so do not our word as your only guidance, but take it into account.

That being said, we’ve put together a list of the best shopping locations in Scotland, as reviewed by the clients in places such as TripAdvisor (so there’s no propaganda going on here), so that you can take an informed and smart decision on where to go shopping, according to your needs and preferences. So, with no further delay, here are those places you should visit.

intuBraehead

Located outside the center of Glasgow, this shopping mall has earned a good reputation. It offers free parking for over six thousand cars, free WiFi, emergency and health services in case of an accident, personal shoppers to advice on whatever it is you’re looking for, gift cards redeemable in a ton of stores in the shopping center, and many other facilities you can get. They also offer seasonal events and shows (for example on Christmas). Its reviews show a great level satisfaction overall, with more than 80 % giving the place the label of “excellent” or “very good”.

Princes Square

Then again we have Glasgow on the list. Princes Square is on Buchanan Street, at the center of the city. This shopping center offers access to high end stores, restaurants, bars and whatnot. They do not have a parking lot, so there’s that. They’re normally open from 10:00 to 19:00, but it changes a little on weekends (9:00 – 18:00 on Saturday and 11:00 – 17:00 on Sunday). Their aim is to give an exclusive and beautiful experience, so it is more of a luxury place. So that last point brings us to the fact that reviews of a so-fancy kind of place will not be bad on average, and they’re certainly not: more than 90 % of costumers say the place is “excellent” or “very good”.

Union Square

This one is from Aberdeen, for a change. It is usually open from 09:00 to 20:00 but the cinemas offer different opening times, getting all the way through midnight. They offer 1,200 places of parking lot so you can go by car with no problem. As intuBraehead does, Union Square features a Gift Card system. The reviews show that around 90 % of the costumers said the place is “excellent” or “very good”.

Glasgow Fort

Well, you don’t have to guess the city in which this place is located, right? It is usually open from 09:00 to 22:00. They have free WiFi, a photo booth, a parking lot with 2,500 spaces and other facilities. They also offer the gift card system. About 80 % of the costumers label it as “excellent” or “very good”.

Buchanan Galleries

For this one you have to guess, but it’s not hard at all. Of course it is located in Glasgow, on Buchanan Street, the same as Princes Square. This place offers a gift card system, a parking lot, and children & babies facilities. Their opening times are from 09:00 to 19:00 except for weekends. More than 80 % of the visitors gave it an “excellent” or “very good” label.

Those are just the top 5 from TripAdvisor’s site, but we cannot leave without mentioning some others you’ll have to consider, like Raeburn Place (Edinburgh), Bohemia (Edinburgh), Grassmarket (Edinburgh), and Boutique (Perth).

These are the most visited and big shopping centers available, but remember there are lot of independent stores in the streets of these cities, and that they can offer the same quality –if not better- than that found on shopping malls. The same goes for groceries and food in general. Do not let restaurants from the big shopping centers distract you from the independent ones that could offer you a culinary experience you might have not been expecting. Another space to take into consideration is to go shopping on local markets, where artisanal and organic products are the most attractive and common sales.

We hope this review help while you’re in Scotland deciding where to go shopping, but remember, don’t take it from us, and explore by yourself!

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