Shopping Centres in Scotland

Scotland's cities are known for their world class shopping opportunities, including some of the best shopping in the UK outside of London in the city of Glasgow. Edinburgh is also home to shopping centres that cater to virtually any interest or style.

East Kilbride Shopping Centre

The largest covered shopping centre in Scotland is found in East Kilbride in South Lanarkshire. The East Kilbride Shopping Centre has a retail space of 106,030 square metres or 1,141,297 square feet. The centre features six different malls, each one built at different times. They include Centre West, The Olympia, The Plaza, Prince's Square, Prince's Mall, and Southgate. While some of the malls have been purpose built, others involved roofing pre-existing streets.

The newest area of East Kilbride Shopping Centre is Centre West. Completed in 2003, the mall is the only section of the shopping centre that covers two floors and includes the addition of a fitness centre and several new restaurants to its food court. The oldest mall is The Plaza, which was first opened in 1972. Princes Square was completed in 1997, while the older malls Prince's Mall and Southgate were opened in 1984 and 1989 respectively. Also known as EK, the shopping centre has more than 180 retail, leisure and catering outlets.

Intu Braehead

Located on the former site of Braehead Power Station, the Intu Braehead sits on the south bank of the River Clyde in Renfrew. The large shopping centre was rebranded under the Intu banner in 2013, although it has been in operation since 1999. Covering an area of 98,474 square metres or 1,059,970 square feet, the Intu Braehead features more than 110 stores and services. An additional ten shops are found in a retail park, which is home to bigger stores including the largest IKEA store in the UK.

The Intu Braehead is located adjacent to the Braehead Arena and other leisure facilities, including an ice rink and curling facilities. Easily accessible via the M8 motorway, the successful shopping centre has become an alternative to town centre retail areas in Paisley, Govan and Renfrew. The Braehead Business Park and the Renfrew Riverside residential area are also situated close by, along with an indoor ski slope and other leisure facilities at Xscape.

The Centre Livingston

West of Edinburgh is The Centre in Livingston, West Lothian. The shopping centre was first known as the Livingston Centre when it opened in 1976. It was refurbished in 1998 and expanded in 1996. The Centre is part of a larger retail development along Almondvale Avenue that includes the neighbouring Livingston Designer Outlet, which was formerly known as the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Centre when it was completed in 2000. An adjacent Asda supercentre to the south and retail parks to the north are also found on the sprawling site. In 2008, The Centre was expanded again including new Marks & Spencer and Debenhams along with bars, restaurants and a Winter Garden.

In total, the Almondvale Centre Development has over one million square feet of retail space. There are also more than 4,250 car parking spaces and an additional 10 spaces for bus parking. Branded as The Centre, more than 250 retail units call The Centre home. In addition to Asda, M&S and Debenhams, anchor stores include Bhs, Boots and Primark. Located between the Livingston Designer Outlet and The Centre is Restaurant Avenue, which boasts several bars and restaurants.

Silverburn Centre

Silverburn is a large shopping centre in the Pollok area of Glasgow. Opened in 2007, the centre replaced the smaller Pollok Centre. Also known as the Pollok Town Centre or The Centre, the 'out of town' shopping destination is located on Barrhead Road with easy access from the M77 motorway. It is also served by direct bus connections to Glasgow's city centre and other areas of Scotland's largest city. Glasgow is also home to much smaller city centre shopping centres, including the St. Enoch Centre and Buchannan Galleries. Both centres have just over 80 retail and service outlets.

One of the largest shopping centres in the UK, Silverburn features a total retail floor area of approximately 100,000 square metres or 1.5 million square feet. By comparison, the former shopping centre only covered more than 19,880 square metres or approximately 214,000 square feet. Among the more than 100 shops are anchor tenants Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Next. Shops range from high street favourites and popular fashion brands to upscale stores and independent boutiques. The centre is also home to several restaurants, cafes and bars. There are also more than 4,500 parking spaces at Silverburn.