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Inline site in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN

Kingswells Park and Ride (Kingswells): Steps, ledges, some good gaps and loads of space..

Westburn Park (Westburn Road): Benches, some steps, ledges and a half pipe.

Summerhill Shopping Centre (Lang Stracht): Steps to ledges, rails and a wall ride.

Broad Street, (City Centre): Waxed ledges and steps with rails (usually a big spot for bladers).

Rubeslaw Playing Field, (Queens Road): Huge curved wall ride in the top field.

Westhill Skate Park, (Westhill): Three quarterpipes, a small rail and a big funbox with a ledge and a rail, and some homebuilt ramps

St Machar Halfpipe, (St Machar Playing Fields): Decent half pipe

Aberdeen Skatepark - A decent park, but not the best layout. Said to open again in summer 2003

Bielside Halfpipe, (Cults): Halfpipe right next to the BMX track.

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ALFORD

The Alford skatepark is now open. It was designed by the locals and is apparently as near to a proper pool as you're going to get in Scotland (are there actually any proper outdoor pools in Scotland?). It's pretty tight and features a spine, a teardrop and even an over vert section on the vert extension. It varies in depth between five and six feet and apparently the locals are already working on raising money for phase two, which will probably be a load of new school stuff (boxes/rails etc), but no-one knows yet.

The park is situated next to the dry ski slope.

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Caldercruix

Caldercruix is a small village outside of Airdrie which now has a nice, little skatepark.

The park is pretty small, but trust me, it 's more fun to ride/skate than it looks. It consists of a four foot mini ramp, four foot quarter, a six foot, fairly steep flatbank, a small driveway with a squared rail on one side, a rounded grind rail and a short, but very fun metal bench.

The park is pretty hard to find, so your best bet is to get to Airdrie and ask directions to Caldercruix, once there the park is behind the community centre, if that helps.

Like I say, it is small but it's fun, with some kick ass locals.

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Carluke Skate Park

Flat bank leading to two quarters.
Two fun boxes.
A half pipe with hips.
As you can see, the local neds have decorated it with their caveman-style paintings ( how creative) and then Disco (a creative skater and true redneck from the Dirtswan) decided to paint the pipe brown, giving the it its new name: 'The S***e Pipe'
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Cults

Concrete flat banks, rails, ledges, a quarter and a metal halfpipe. The halfpipe used to be made of wood, but they resurfaced it with metal and there are now big kinks where the joins are.

Following a load of complaints from skaters and BMXers, the council seem to have realised that the park is rubbish. To make it ride better, they've put some metal plates at the bottom of the ramps to make them less steep. They have also installed the grinders (some of which are apparently pointless as they are too short). There are also plans to cut down the halfpipe and turn it into a quarter with a
spine which leads into the side of the funbox, but this is unconfirmed. They are also adding a concrete grindbox, and work will be starting soon to make the BMX track (hopefully) better.

Overall, the current consensus seems to be that the park is now smoother, but still a bit duff.

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Cupar

One of the bigger Fife parks. Big double bowl with a fun box in the middle and transfers.
Inline site in Dumbarton
DUMBARTON

Unit 23 is a great indoor park with a 6 ft spined mini, a street spine, a huge jump box, an 8ft quarter, a bowled corner, wallrides, a 4ft mini and a street section with ledges and a low rail.

The park is also supposed to getting the Red Bull Vert ramp soon and there's also talk of building a big bowl in one of the other halls.
Inline site in Dundee
DUNDEE

Dundee's had a good skating and riding scene for years and as such, the city has a few alright places to go. To check some out, just take your pick from those listed under 'Dundee' (duh) in the dropdown above.
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The Church

The church is right in the city centre and as such is a bit of a meeting place for all sorts. It’s usually mobbed during the day but is ok later on. There are a few steps as well as loads of waxed ledges of varying sizes.
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The Overgate

Just outside the Overgate shopping mall, there are a few marble benches.. They are nice and smooth, and have no skate stoppers on them, but the place is usually quite busy, so you're better going early or later on in the day.

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The Clydesdale Wallride

The wall looks a bit sketchy but rides great. It curves round at one point and we all know how fashionable curved wallrides are at the moment. There’s even stone flagging at the top so you can grind and stall it if you want. If you carve to the left then you'll like it more as the drive way slopes down hill into it.

The wallride is situated behind the Clydesdale Bank on Perth Road (next to the DCA).

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DUNDEE

Dundee, for years, was Scotland's only indoor park and comes from a long lineage of 'Factorys' in Dundee.

It's got a spine, a jump box a mini and a midi ramp, and the whole thing's soon to be torn down and replaced with a brand new park which is to be housed in a purpose-built warehouse. Rick Curran, who's helping co-ordinate the whole thing tells us that the opening date, as it stands, is December 11th, but these things are always subject to change, so keep your ear to the ground.

The current Factory is behind the Tay Mills student flats on 44 Blinshall Street.
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The REP

The marble benches outside The REP theatre are quite similar to those outside the Overgate. They are marble, have a nice run-up and two of them are even curved.
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The Uni

Dundee Uni's got a couple of alright ledges, but none of them were waxed up last time I checked. The one pictured here is just by the dirty student union (man - it's sooo dirty). There are also a few big sets of stairs if you like doing big gaps/drops.
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Dunfermline

Dunfermline skatepark is another new one in Fife. Obviously built by a local contractor 'cos it's a bit bumpy in places. It has a 5ft quarter with flat bank next to it, a flat bank pyramid with one tranny and a grind block. There's also a 7ft quarter with a roll in for the jumpbox. The 7ft quarter is bowled on one side then around the corner it mellows out to roughly 2ft high. There is also a small spine which leads into a metal rail then a fly-off.

This ones quite hard to find. It's near the roundabout where the police headquarters are, in a public park. If you can't find it, ask at the police station 'cos they know all about the park. Apparently there's been some hassles with the local neds hanging around there. Beware!
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East Kilbride

East Kilbride has a brand new skatepark that cost about a quarter of a million quid to build. It should have been really good - good design, good location and loads of cash. Unfortunately, the park was constructed by either idiots or just random builders with no experience of building a skatepark. There are tales abroad of the transitions being shaped with spades. This means that park is pretty crap, which is a massive shame, because it had everything going for it. There is talk of it getting sorted out, but we'll have to wait and see.

The park has bowls, quarters, a spine and a street section. To get there from the train station, it's just a few minutes walk/ride straight up the hill and can be found behind the swimming pool.
Inline site in Edinburgh
EDINBURGH

1) Bristo Square: Bristo Square has been the meeting point for skaters for bloody ages. The whole thing's built on a slight incline and is made up of ledges, a monument and steps . Local shops sometimes bring ramps down and you’ll usually find some plywood or a pallet or something to make things with if you so want. The recent skating boom has meant that the place is mobbed at the weekends.

2) The banks by the Lumiere (Royal Scottish Museum): These things are great but they're quite steep, so BMXers tend to go there more. They’re symmetrical and they’re hipped.

4) Fountain Park: There are two well-long concrete ledges here. They’re a bit low so they’re good for practising stuff on. I’ve never had any bother here but Harry says that every time they’ve been along, they get chucked off immediately.

5) Telfer Subway (down the side of Fountain Park): There’s a flat bank here that used to be really nice: sloping run-in and even a deck of sorts. Unfortunately, some swine’s gone and had the curb moved, so now you have to hop up onto it instead of just being able to roll up. Swines.

6) The Sheridan/Festival Square: One of Edinburgh’s more popular street spots. This place is really open with ledges, rails and The Dragon. The Dragon is a kinked red marble ledge which travels down a bunch of steps. Slaying the Dragon marks the passage into manhood. There’s some steps and stuff round the back too and if you take the path that goes round the left of the building, there’s a nice fat rail.

7) Flat bank to wallride at the Uni campus off Tollcross: Nice flat bank to wallride. It’s all on the corner of a building, so if you want you can stall it or whatever takes your fancy.

8) Flat banks down the side of John Lewis (BMX): These are great and are probably the nearest you’ll get to one of those flood channels that you’ll get up here. It’s long, relatively smooth and it’s on a slope.
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Potterow Banks

These are on the other side of the road from Bristo. They're really steep, they're hipped and they're symmetrical, but they take a fair bit of speed to get up.

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Granton Halfpipe

I don't know exactly where this is, but there is a decent halfpipe there. It's about 12 foot high. I know it's right on the corner of a junction near a park in Granton near Pilton. T
he park has a big, long path of steps going down to it and there is a big grass hill beside it. Down the bottom is the halfpipe.
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Bristo Square

Bristo Square has been the meeting point for skaters for bloody ages. The whole thing's built on a slight incline and is made up of ledges, a monument and steps . Local shops sometimes bring ramps down and you’ll usually find some plywood or a pallet or something to make things with if you so want. The recent skating boom has meant that the place is mobbed at the weekends.
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Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth is a great place to skate. There are waxed up ledges of all shapes and sizes all over the place. Security is quite tight, though, so make so keep an eye out or go very early in the morning/late at night.

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The Sheraton Hotel/Festival Square

One of Edinburgh’s more popular street spots, featuring ledges, rails and The Dragon (see pic). The Dragon is a kinked red marble ledge which travels down a bunch of steps. 'Slaying the Dragon' marks the passage into manhood.

If you go to the far back-left of Festival Square, there's a path that goes round the back, where you'll find the rail. Bit of a rocky landing on the other side but, hey - chicks dig scars!


Festival Square is near the bottom of Lothian Road in the centre of the city - you can't miss it.
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Fountainbridge Leisure Complex

There are low concrete ledges here that stretch off for miles. Nice and easy for learning grinds on - some of them may even be waxed! I've never been thrown off, but I've heard of lots of people who have.

If you head towards the far side and go down under the underpass, you'll also find a big flat bank with a deck on top of it and also the ledge pictured above.

Just ask for the UGC Cinema - it's about 30 mins walk from the city centre.
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The Museum of Scotland

This little beauty can be found opposite Greyfriars Bobby on the side of the Museum of Scotland.

It's on the way to Bristo.
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Sighthill Skatepark

The Sighthill Skatepark has just opened. It's all metal ramps, but it's actually not that bad and there's some kind of surface on them so that they aren't super-slippy. The park comprises of a 6ft mini (which could do with some cross braces to stiffen it up), a hip and some nibbly street obstacles.

The park is, unsurprisingly, located in Sighthill.


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Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland have very kindly build this huge marble ledge, with no skate stoppers, just up from Festival Square, at Tollcross.

It's dead low at one end and pretty high at the other, so take your pick.

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FALKIRK

New park just opened that looks much the same as a load of the other, lesser, newer concrete parks. Hips, banks and ledges. The council have (yet again) failed to turf over or seed the remaining excavated, surrounding soil, so this skatepark is another possible dusty place.

Inline site in Glasgow
GLASGOW

Being Scotland's biggest city, Glasgow has got a fair few places to ride. Click on the dropdown above for some choice spots with nice pictures - ahhhh.
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Blantyre

Blantyre is one of the newest additions to Scotland's list of skateparks. It's well-made and includes a new school, street type area (rails and banks etc) as well as a really nice bowled area which incorporates a spine and a large (about 8ft high) midi ramp. Unfortunately, there are loads of neds who like to hang around the park and throw stones/glass at the riders/skaters so either go when they won't be there (ie early in the morning) or take a minder.

To get there, take a train from Glasgow Central to Blantyre. When you come out of the station take a left until you come to a T-junction, take another left and it's just up the road, on the left, opposite ASDA and behind the sports centre.
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Buchannan Street Bus Station Bench

What is there to say? This thing's outside the bus station, is made of granite (or marble - dead fast, anyway) and is nice and smooth to grind.

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The Cally

The Cally, or the Glasgow Caledonian University, as it is also known, features some nice, waxed ledges as well as some scary rails. This place can be a bit of a bust.

The Cally is situated behind the Buchanan Street Bus Station in the city centre - you can't miss it.
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City Centre

By some stroke of luck, pretty much all of the benches in the city centre are made out of nice black marble and there’s not a skate stopper in sight. They’re all pretty small but there’s some really long, curved ones outside the St Enoch Centre. They’re not too big/not too small, and they’re symmetrical, so you can either practise your opposite grinds or just pick your side and enjoy. The Buchanan Street Underground station also has some nice edges. There are two: one’s low enough to just roll onto, while the other one requires a hefty pop to get up.

Keep an eye out when in the city centre as there’s often a bunch of sketchy characters kicking about at night, especially at weekends.
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The car park behind the St Enoch Centre

I'm sure this thing has a proper name, but I don't know what it is, so I'm just calling it the car park behind the St Enoch centre (which is what it is). There are rails all the way around it with mellow flat banks leading up to some of them.
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Kelvingrove Park

The new Kelvingrove skatepark is now opened. It features a spine, a shallow kidney-bowl, ledges, rails and hunnars of steps.

It's absolutely packed during the after school hours and there are various opinions on how the park should have been built, but it's still nice to have a sizeable park in the city once more.

The park is situated in the West End of the city behind the Kelvingrove Museum (where they have an original stormtrooper suit!)
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The Glasgow Uni Medical building

This place opened last summer and is a nice little addition to Glasgow street riding. There’s a smooth forecourt that’s on a slight slope and a whole load of nice, flat, waxed stone benches with no skate stoppers (some of which are a bit chipped now). On the University Avenue side of the building, there’re also some great stone ledges that stay level as the road dips down which are perfect for grinding on your left hand side. Security are well-jumpy here and you are pretty much guaranteed to get chucked off, so make the most of it while you can.

The Medical building is situated in the West End on University Avenue.
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The Mitchell

The Mitchell’s good if you like grinding. There are a bunch of waxed stone ledges on both sides as well as the Mitchell rail round the side. There’s also a mild flat bank and a small flight of steps if you want something to nibble on.

The Mitchell is situated at the end of Bath street, near Charing Cross.
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The Museum of Modern Art

There’s a few things to nibble on here - some stone ledges to do small grinds/blunts etc on. Round the back there are also some kerbs and during the week they put out bin bags that you can jump over, but the place is usually SWARMING with neds of all shapes and sizes who’ll get in your way and generally irritate you. Security’s also dead jumpy

The MMA is situated in the city centre on Queen's Street, behind the statue of the horsey man who wears a cone on his heid.
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The Daily Record/Daily Mirror

There’s a couple of nice, long waxed ledges here as well as kinked rails if you’re man enough. Security will eventually boot you off:

The Daily Record building is on the The Broomielaw (Clyde Street), just passed the Kingston overpass.
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Fat Red Rails

These things are all over the city. As the name suggests, they're fat and reddish and fairly low. Good for learning stuff on.

This one’s in the West End on Queen Margaret Drive near the student bit.
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St George's Cross

These are two of the most popular rails in Glasgow for inline skaters. They're just through the underpass at St George's Cross tube station and one has a flat bank on the other side.

Good length, nice and smooth - what more could you ask?
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Glenrothes

One of the bigger Fife parks. No news yet apart from there being one there. If you live in Fife and would be good enough to take a photo or two and/or write us a description of the park, we'd be very grateful.

In the meantime...watch this space.
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Inverurie:

'Lego' concrete park - mellow quarters, hip/jump box combo. Good fun. Located in the old tennis courts at the top of Kellands Park, opposite the cricket club.

Bowling rail - kinked rail and kerb islands. Located in the DSA/indoor bowling car park, Harlaw Industrial Estate.
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Kemnay

Awesome new park that's just opened about 20 mins from Aberdeen. Review coming very soon.
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Kinross

Kinross is a super smooth bowl with perfect corners. It's really slippery on the platform bit, but it's really fun for it's size - same transitions as Perth too, but the coping is level with the platform so grinds are a bit sticky.
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Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy skatepark was the first of the new concrete parks to be built in Fife this year. It was made by Clachan Construction (the guys who did Perth skatepark), so you know it's smooth.

It has a 5ft mini at one end with a transitioned hip on one side and a flat bank hip on the other. The flat bank side leads to an 8ft long grind block and a metal bench after that. The tranny side leads to a 3ft high pyramid box with a grind ledge on one side and after that you have a 10ft wide, 4ft high flat bank with a platform and a hip.

It's pretty easy to find. It's in the aptly named Beveridge Park, which is a couple of minutes from both the bus and train stations. If you can't find it, just follow any of the Slipknot crew, as they're guaranteed to be heading there.
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Leven

One of the bigger Fife parks. No news yet apart from there being one there. If you live in Fife and would be good enough to take a photo or two and/or write us a description of the park, we'd be very grateful.

In the meantime...watch this space.
Inline site in Livingston
LIVINGSTON

Livingston's one of the most best skateparks in the world. The place is amazing but really hard to find becasue Livingston has a substance abuse problem with roundabouts: they're EVERYWHERE!

Anyway, the park is full of hips, trannies and bowls. It's class.
Inline site in Paisley
PAISLEY

In Paisley town centre, if you go up to the high street, there's a statue of a guy with a spear, on a horse - the ledges going up to it are nice and waxed and are brilliant for grinding. If you mind the grannies, then you won't get chucked off.

The Lagoon Leisure Centre car park has a few skateable flat banks.
Inline site in Perth
PERTH

Perth was one of the first of the 'new school' of Scottish skateparks and it's a winner. It has a bowl, an eight foot vert wall, a jump box, two spines, a teardrop and more.

To get there from the train station, come out of the station, turn right and head down the road for ages until you come to a skatepark.
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Stevenston

8ft roll-in, a 6ft quarter, a box, a hump, a flatbank etc. It was raining before I took the pictures, so the park is wet and the ramps are slippy. It is also winter, so the rails are kinda rusty and a bit sticky, but when the skatepark is dry it is a great wee park. It's not the greatest, but you can get a good skate there.
Inline site in Stirling
STIRLING

There's hardly any street to skate in Stirling but there is a little concrete skatepark. The park was revamped a couple of years ago but it's still sketchy. The main features are a couple of nobbly bowls and a midi ramp.



Thanks to Airtight in the BBC for all the information and all the pictures.











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