Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world by Rough Guide readers (2017)
Scotland truly has a breathtaking landscape like no other. If you’re looking to escape the city we have no shortage of scenic spots to explore.
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
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.
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. The recently opened V&A Dundee is Scotland's first design museum and the only V&A anywhere in the world outside London.
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”.
There are many local companies who offer budget-friendly trips to the hot-spots of Scotland.
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.