The past two centuries have marked the age of the city in Scotland. Powered by industrial growth and driven by social change, much of the nation has been transformed from the rural to the urban. But the stories of our cities began long before this. From ancient origins to the construction of some of the world’s most fascinating architecture, through hardships of war, fire, disease and economic depression to innovative programmes of urban renewal, Scotland’s cities bear the scars and boast the treasures of thousands of years of incredible progress and change.

Across the central belt, vast, brash Glasgow meets classically austere Edinburgh. Dundee, a city built by an old Empire, now thrives on new technology. In the granite shadows of Aberdeen, a vibrant trader community has been changed forever by the arrival of the oil barons.  And then there are Scotland’s newest cities: Stirling, once a centre of royal power, and Inverness, the urban gateway to a rugged Highland landscape.

Stunning aerial photography dating from the 1920s to the present day tells the compelling stories of Scotland’s six cities from a unique and illuminating perspective. And for the first time – in a special dedicated section – readers can view images in 3D, with stunning details rising up out of the page, from the imposing rocky heights of Edinburgh and Stirling, to the ordered grid-iron canyons of central Glasgow.