Eilean Donan Castle on a sunny day

Glasgow Discover Scotland

Scotland truly has a breathtaking landscape like no other.

We've just been voted the most beautiful country in the world - by Rough Guide readers!

If you’re looking to escape the city we have no shortage of scenic spots to explore.

Highlands 

With their misty valleys and dramatic mountains, our Highlands are a must-see experience during your stay. 

The Highlands encompass much of the north of Scotland. There are so many places to visit and the nearest point is as close as a 30-minute train ride away. Popular spots include:

  • Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain
  • Cairngorms National Park
  • Culloden Battlefield, where the 1745 Jacobite Rising came to an end
  • Glen Coe
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies
  • Loch Lomond
  • Loch Ness
  • West Highland Way, a 96-mile long distance footpath

Cairngorms National Park: “one of the last great places on earth” - National Geographic

Find out more about the stunning landscape the Scottish Highland has to offer.

Dramatic landscape in Glencoe valley in the Scottish Highlands 

West Coast and the Islands

The West Coast of Scotland has many beautiful destinations, popular with locals and tourists alike. 

Nearby coastal spots include Largs, Ayr and Troon, a regular home of Golf's Open Championship.

Further afield, Scotland's West Coast islands are a sight to behold. 'Island hopping' is a great way to get through them all outside of term time. Explore the likes of Arran, Mull, Harris and Skye in this 7-day itinerary.

Loch Lomond is roughly a 50-minute drive from campus and is one of the country's most stunning and famous tourist destinations.

The crystal clear waters and white cascades of the Fairy Pool waterfalls high in the remote Black Cuillin mountains on the Isle of Skye 

Edinburgh and the East Coast 

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the country's second largest city. Trains from Glasgow run several times per day. Taking roughly an hour, it makes Edinburgh an easily accessible day trip. 

Popular destinations include Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament and Princes Street Gardens. Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a highlight of the city's calendar, and takes place in August. And for something a little different, why not pay a visit to the award-winning Edinburgh Gin Distillery?

When exploring the east coast, the picturesque St. Andrews is well worth a visit. Widely regarded as the home of golf, St. Andrews is something of a pilgrimage for lovers of the sport. The town is also rich in culture and history, with beautiful beaches and coastline to explore.

Further north is Dundee, one of Scotland’s sunniest spots. Situated on the River Tay estuary, there’s plenty to experience in this city of culture. 

Finally Aberdeenshire is known for its castles, whisky distilleries, and of course, its famous granite city. It's home to Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family. You'll find more castles per acre here than anywhere else in the UK - over 300 in total! The stunning Cairngorms National Park is also a must-see, with National Geographic describing it as “one of the last great places on earth”.

Looking across the city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill at dusk. The Scott Monument, Balmoral Hotel and an illuminated Edinburgh Castle can all be seen. 

Student Tours

There are many local companies who offer budget-friendly trips to the hot-spots of Scotland. 

Student Tours Scotland organise day trips aimed at catering for the city's students. Similarly, International Student Tours Scotland offers a wide range of day and weekend trips. 

Departing from Edinburgh, Haggis Adventures organises tours of between 1-10 days.

Finally, our own International Society also organise trips around Scotland for Strathclyde students.

Iconic destinations throughout Scotland

  • Summer sunlight illuminating the iconic arches of the Gelnfinnan Viaduct

    Glenfinnan Viaduct

    As seen in the Harry Potter movies

  • The west face of Stirling Castle

    Stirling Castle

    One of the most important castles in Scottish history

  • View of the pristine waters of Loch Lomond in Scotland

    Loch Lomond

    A 50 minute drive from campus

  • Highland cow on a road in the Highlands

    Highland cow

    On a country road in the Highlands

  • White fluffy clouds in a deep blue sky over the golden sands and ocean mountain shores of the Isle of Harris

    Isle of Harris

    The largest island in the Outer Hebrides

  • Ben Nevis (far right), together with Annoch Mor and Annoch Beag

    Ben Nevis

    The highest mountain in the British Isles

  • Firth of Forth Rail Bridge in Edinburgh

    Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh

    Unesco World Heritage Site 

  • Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness

    Urquhart Castle

    On the banks of the famous Loch Ness

  • Summer sunlight illuminating the iconic arches of the Gelnfinnan Viaduct
  • The west face of Stirling Castle
  • View of the pristine waters of Loch Lomond in Scotland
  • Highland cow on a road in the Highlands
  • White fluffy clouds in a deep blue sky over the golden sands and ocean mountain shores of the Isle of Harris
  • Ben Nevis (far right), together with Annoch Mor and Annoch Beag.
  • Firth of Forth Rail Bridge in Edinburgh
  • Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness