Three Scottish Districts Star In TravelSupermarket’s UK ‘Hip Hang-out Neighbourhood Index’

Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Visit ScotlandLeith in Edinburgh and Finnieston and the West End in Glasgow have been named the second, sixth and fifteenth-hippest areas in the UK to hang out in.



Among the locations which Leith has beaten are three London trendy hotspots and the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool.



The neighbourhoods in Edinburgh and Glasgow feature in TravelSupermarket’s UK Hip Hang-out Neighbourhood Index, compiled and released today by the holiday price comparison site. The Index ranks the hippest areas in the UK and Europe to explore. Taking first place on the UK list is Manchester’s Ancoats district. Top of the European Index was Kreuzberg in Berlin, followed by Riga, Latvia in second, just pipping Ancoats into third place.



Emma Coulthurst from TravelSupermarket says the aim of the Index is to inspire city breakers with ideas for new places to discover. She said:



“The Index proves that Scotland is the place to be and it will hopefully encourage new and return visitors to explore the country’s hippest hang-outs.



“We scoured the UK to find the most current, independent-feeling neighbourhoods. The destinations on the list are exciting areas, unspoiled by commercialism, where locals love to hang out. They offer an eclectic range of food and entertainment away from the tourist throngs.”



“You’ll be pleased to know that we didn’t base the ranking on beard-to-face and pints of craft beer ratios! Instead, we looked at everything from independent coffee shops and vintage fashion outposts to the local creative culture – the things that set a hip destination apart from the rest of the pack.



“Anywhere with ‘Peak Hipster’ status, such as London’s Shoreditch, didn’t make the cut – places like this are now overrun by chains. Instead, we wanted to find those areas where locals love to hang out due to the area’s independent creative spirit. And I absolutely promise you won’t have to grow a moustache to go to any of them!”



Research (14 October) from The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) shows that city breaks remain the nation’s favourite holiday type, with over half the population (53%) having taken one in the past year and almost as many planning to take one in the next 12 months. The research also shows a notable increase in people planning to visit somewhere new.



Manuela Calchini, Regional Director for Edinburgh and the Lothians at VisitScotland said:



“With a fantastic range of cool bars and innovative restaurants, Leith has become one of the trendiest places in Scotland. And, thanks to the likes of Trainspotting, Sunshine on Leith and the MTV Europe Music Awards, which were held here in 2003, Leith has also become intrinsically linked with pop culture. This part of Edinburgh boasts a proud history and, with more and more visitors from all over the world falling for its charms, Leith faces an exciting future.”



Liz Buchanan, MBE Regional Partnerships Director at VisitScotland added:

“Glasgow’s West End has long been renowned for its unique character and huge choice of restaurants, bars and one-off boutiques that make it an essential stop for visitors. Now, thanks to the opening of the state-of-the-art SSE Hydro arena in 2013, Finnieston has evolved dramatically into another vibrant neighbourhood, boasting some of Glasgow’s coolest pubs and bistros, which have quickly become leading tourism businesses.”



TravelSupermarket has also partnered with UK travel blogger The Cosy Traveller to create bespoke guides for the top ten in the index. Here are The Cosy Traveller’s top spots for Leith and Finnieston:


Glasgow (Finnieston)


Source:- Visit Scotland


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