The Best Gyms in Scotland

GONE are the days when you wanted to get fit and all that was on offer was the boring bog standard gym.
Silverknowes Outdoor GymSilverknowes Outdoor Gym
Silverknowes Outdoor Gym

Today we have a wide range of different gyms to suit everyone’s needs. Ten years ago we just had the traditional gym, and of course, these gyms are great for certain groups of people. However, over the last ten years there has been an explosion of gyms which can offer people something different. This has encouraged people who wouldn’t traditionally exercise in the gym to start exercising, which has been really amazing to witness. These new types of gym offer people better value for money, the ability to train outdoors, luxurious settings, and a wider range of fitness equipment. Here’s a pick of some of the best gyms in Scotland.

1. Silverknowes Outdoor Gym

Outdoor gyms are so hip these days, and Silverknowes has one such outdoor gym, with the added benefit of stunning views across the beach. This has to be the healthiest gym as you are not having to battle with air conditioning, just fresh Scottish air. And, of course, it is free to train outdoors. This gym is great for people who prefer to train outdoors.

The Outdoor Gym

Silverknowes Waterfront Promenade


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CrossFit Scotland is a gym which offers elements of cardio, weight lifting, gymnastics, and core training. CrossFit is a different approach to fitness as it is centred around attending classes and it has it’s own program of exercises. CrossFit is not exclusive to this gym, but has been a new fitness craze for the last decade. There are independent CrossFit gyms in other parts of Scotland, check out online if interested. CrossFit is not for the fainthearted; it’s for people who are looking to get seriously fit. This gym is great for people who like training in a group and are prepared to workout extremely hard.

CrossFit Scotland

Unit 11/13

Mackintosh Place

South Newmoor Industrial Estate

Irvine, KA11 4JT

One Spa is a top-end gym and spa located in the five star Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh. The unique element of this gym is the roof-top hydro pool and luxury spa. This gym is great if you enjoy being pampered and appreciate the finer things in life.

One Spa

8 Conference Square



Pure Gym has branches in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Paisley and Aberdeen. The gyms are open twenty-four hours a day and offer exceptional value for money; the cost to use any Pure Gym is ony £19.99 per month plus a £25 joining fee. Unlike some other budget gyms, the gym has a good range of equipment and is very well looked after. This gym is great for people who just want to train and don’t need any fancy frills.

Various locations around Scotland

The Waterfront Leisure Complex offers a whole range of sports facilities alongside the gym, including an ice rink and swimming pool. This is a great gym for family days out, and for people who enjoy a range of different sports.

The Waterfront Leisure Complex

2B Custom House Way


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The Aszurra Fitness Studio is a private gym offering personal training, but is also open for people who want to go and train solo. Private gyms for personal training clients have sprung up over the last decade, and are great because they tend to have a better range of fitness equipment without the business of regular gyms. This gym is great if you need professional help from a personal trainer to reach your fitness goals.

Aszurra Fitness Studio

55 Clydedale Street




This list has been compiled by Lorna Balfour a personal trainer and lifestyle coach based in London.