As well as having a world-renowned education system and more world-class universities per head of population than anywhere else in the world, Scotland has lots to offer.
With Glasgow as a base, you’ll be in the ideal location to explore the length and breadth of the country. From spectacular scenery and adventure sports to breathtaking castles and some of the world’s best-loved cultural festivals, there are plenty of attractions to experience.
Glasgow’s location in the Central Belt makes it easy to explore Scotland’s other cities.
Whether you fancy checking out the world’s largest arts festival in Edinburgh, uncovering Scotland’s finest concentration of historic buildings in Stirling, or even trying to catch sight of the Loch Ness Monster near Inverness, you’ll be well placed to tour our beautiful country.
Magnificent Loch Lomond is the focal point of Scotland’s first national park and is the largest land-locked body of water on the UK mainland. Located just 40 minutes from Glasgow, it’s a popular day-trip destination thanks to the various opportunities for water sports, fishing, golf, walking, hiking and camping.
If you fancy exploring on foot, there are trails, routes, hill climbs and mountain adventures to suit walkers of all levels. Scotland’s iconic Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet) offer many rewarding opportunities to explore some of the most beautiful and remote habitats in Europe.
Culture and architecture
Scotland has a thriving arts and culture scene, from its eclectic range of theatre and dance to its many blockbuster movie locations and captivating art and literary scene.
Architecture fans are spoilt for choice with Scotland’s rich legacy of striking and unique architecture. There are plenty of architectural gems to discover such as castles and Victorian tenements, right up to the cutting-edge designs of today such as the iconic Clyde Auditorium, known locally as ‘the Armadillo’.
As part of an island, Scotland is surrounded by plenty of beautiful beaches, many of which have won awards from Keep Scotland Beautiful and the world organisation Blue Flag. Whether you decide to take part in watersport activities or just go for a relaxing walk, keep your eyes peeled for marine life in the waters and seabirds flying overhead.
Parks and gardens
Scotland is home to a wide variety of stunning parks and gardens in the cities, countryside and castle grounds. Discover exotic species in one of Scotland’s many botanic gardens, enjoy the tranquillity of city parks, stroll in the gardens of ancient castles or wander through beautiful woodland gardens.