Central Belt


Central Belt

The Central Belt of Scotland is a common term used to describe the area of highest population density within Scotland. Despite the name, it is not geographically "central", but in fact in the south of the country.

It was formerly known as the "Midlands" or "Scottish Midlands", but this term has fallen out of fashion.

The Central Belt lies between the Highlands to the north and the Southern Uplands to the south.

maller Central Belt

The area is often considered as a strip following the M8 and M9 motorways stretching from Greenock and Glasgow in the west to Edinburgh in the east, encompassing towns such as Paisley, Cambuslang, Hamilton, Stirling, Falkirk, Livingston and Linlithgow.

Larger Central Belt

The larger Central Belt is a trapezoid stretching from Dundee, to Ayr, and Dumbarton to Dunbar. This also takes in fairly densely populated areas such as Ayrshire, Fife, Midlothian and East Lothian. This area encompasses all the major cities of Scotland, except for Aberdeen and Inverness which are located in the North of the country.

Both of these areas also contain the bulk of Scotland's industrial works.

imilar terms

There are several terms in common usage in a Scottish context with a similar meaning to "Central Belt".

* The Central Lowlands is geologically defined and covers an area that stretches further to the north east than the Central Belt.
* The "Midland Valley" is a less commonly used expression synonymous with "Central Lowlands".
* The Scottish Lowlands are topographically and culturally defined and include all of Scotland outside of the Highlands and Islands, including the Southern Uplands.
* Central Scotland is a less well-defined term used to mean various things, including "Central Lowlands" and "Central Belt".

ee also

* Dublin-Belfast corridor - pop. 3 million


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