Many international students take the opportunity to tour Scotland when they have free time from their studies.  An hour’s drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, famous for its picturesque castle and the Edinburgh International Festival. Edinburgh is also home to the Scottish Parliament, which was created in 1999 after an absence of almost three hundred years. Outside of the cities, Scotland is home to some spectacular landscapes. The Highlands, ancient castles and mysterious lochs are all worth a visit.

One of Scotland’s main attractions is Loch Ness, where tourists flock in the hope of catching a glimpse of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Scotland is the home of golf and famous for its many wonderful golf courses, with St Andrews, Gleneagles and Turnberry amongst the most prestigious in the world. There are plenty of outdoor activities to take part in across the country – golf, skiing, abseiling, hill walking, diving, sailing and rafting.

Scotland is ideally placed for visiting the rest of the UK, Ireland and Europe. London is an hour away by plane and there are regular short flights from Glasgow to major European cities such as Paris, Dublin, Rome and Amsterdam.

Explore more of Scotland at Visit Scotland.