Today’s blog post is written by Brittni Baird, a Student Advisor and Team Lead at Across the Pond. Brittni studied at University of Stirling and is therefore our resident Scotland expert!
With so many university choices all around the UK, deciding where to study can be very overwhelming. Many students think of London when they think of the UK- but More than 94% of international students believe Scotland is a “good place to be”. Here we will explore the top five reasons why you should consider studying in Scotland.
There will be a ton of history anywhere you decide to study in the UK, however Scotland alone has experienced astonishing growth and change during the course of its history. Learn about the battle of the Stirling Bridge by visiting the Wallace Monument in Stirling which also offers incredible views of the city and countryside. Take a visit to St. Andrew’s to check out the UK’s third oldest university founded in 1413. St. Andrew’s is also the home of golf and not to mention you can visit the coffee shop where William met Kate.
Scotland is constantly hosting fun and entertaining events all year long. Every year there are over 350 festivals, from huge music festivals such as at T in the Park, to the world’s largest arts festival at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Festival. If you really want to experience Scottish culture make sure you attend a cèilidh! This is a traditional Scottish gathering and dance. If sports are more your thing, check out a rugby match at Murrayfield in Edinburgh!
There is plenty to see and do in Scotland! Why not head north to Loch Ness and try spotting Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster? Or head to the Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly major island with breathtaking scenery. There are plenty of amazing cities to explore in Scotland, Glasgow, Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Aberdeen and Stirling. The rest of the UK and Europe are also very accessible from Scotland! London is less than an hour’s flight away and Paris is less than two hours.
There is always a castle close by in Scotland! It is estimated that there once stood up to 3,000 castles in Scotland alone. Some of these castles are now completely destroyed, others have been left in ruins and others are in perfect condition for tourists to explore. Some of the most popular castles to visit are Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Braemore Castle, Eilean Donan Castle and Urquhart Castle (this is also where you might spot the Loch Ness Monster).
Scottish Food and Drink
Scotland is home to some interesting foods, and of course lots of whisky distilleries to explore! You will notice most Scottish pubs and restaurants have Haggis which is a traditional Scottish dish. You will also find neeps and tatties, cranachan, Scottish tablet shortbread and don’t forget about deep fried Mars bars!
Ready to start Your Scottish Adventure?
If you would like to find out more about studying in Scotland please contact one of our Advisors!