3 Things you MUST do in Scotland
Scotland isn’t just the colder and steeper part of the UK, don’t you know? And it shouldn’t be lumped in as just “Even Northern England”. Scotland has its own sense of identity and national pride, along with many social activities unique to the country.
So whether you've chosen to study in "Bonnie Scotland" or you fancy a weekend break while studying in England, here are a few things you can do in Scotland:
Well, we said Scotland would leave you smiling, but it might even give you the giggles too. Every year for a full month, Scotland hosts the ‘Edinburgh Fringe Festival’. Upcoming comedians from all over Europe travel up to Edinburgh to put on live shows, including stand-up routines, sketch shows, podcast recordings and an array of different kinds of live performance. Throughout the month, performers march up and down The Royal Mile – a row of streets in the Old Town sector of Edinburgh – handing out flyers for their shows that evening. It’s very competitive because there are so many acts clamouring for attention, so you can expect to see a few sights as performers strive to be remembered and stand out. While Twitter and Facebook have created new ways for these acts to promote their shows in the last few years, this more traditional form of advertising and marketing is a tradition, and allows the public to actually interact with these characters. Taking in ‘The Fringe’ really gives you a sense of the national sense of humour, in all extremes.
Scotland is one of the great manufacturers and exporters of alcohol, namely whiskey. Speyside in particular is where you’ll find the Malt Whiskey Trail, where you can see the product made from scratch. You’ll also have the opportunity to try some samples and expand your palette. It really will give you an appreciation of the art of making a fine drink, while also learning a bit of history too. And if you don’t like whiskey? Well, you’ll find your drink in of the cities’ many pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs.
Remember, the legal drinking age in the UK is 18 years old (but be responsible!).
Ok, so even though we said that Scotland wasn’t simply a hilly place, if you’re the hiking type, you can do worse than Scotland. You don’t simply have to walk; you can run or cycle too! Even if you’re not the outdoors type yet, you will be by the end of your time there. And why wouldn’t you want to be outdoors when you’re surrounded by such beautiful views? Even on days when the weather isn’t so flattering, it’s a sight to behold. And for those from Australia, the east coast of America and the like, you’ll likely have your first experience of snow. Many students come away from their time in Scotland completely transformed physically, because they become so used to walking everywhere, across the cities and towns built on hills. You’ll realise the difference in the air quality too. Living in Scotland can really change you in a way which will make your friends and family at home, go, ‘Wow!’ when they see you again.
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Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.
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