Scottie is the Mascot of Glasgow School of English

Scottie, Mascot of Glasgow School of English

“The most beautiful country in the world to study English,” Scottie says

It’s summer in Scotland.  This means we’ve had some very nice weather, with warm, sunny days – ideal for a BBQ.  It really is one of the most beautiful countries in the world*, as you can see from the photograph of Loch Lomond below. 

* Just in case you think we might be biased, you don’t have to take our word for it that Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world.  This is what Rough Guides’ readers think

Loch Lomond is the biggest lake in the UK and we take students from our Glasgow School there on trips, where they can go on a boat around the loch and also visit some of the lovely little villages along its shores.

Loch Lomond, the biggest lake in the UK.

Loch Lomond, the biggest lake in the UK.

More about Scotland: What have the Scots done for us

We organise lots of trips and events for our students. In addition to these trips, our students can do anything they want while they are here and many take the opportunity to learn more about our country. They love the shops in Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as all the restaurants, cafes and, for those who drink alcohol, the bars too.

From a visit to the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh to Glasgow Science Museum to an evening at a ‘ceilidh’ (a Scots’ Gaelic word) where you can learn Scottish dancing, there is so much to enjoy. There are more photographs of some of these activities here in this Newsletter.  We hope that they’ll inspire you to come to learn English with us in Scotland.

Here are just a few of the things that will happen and have been happening in Scotland this summer (as well as all our great students enjoying learning English with us!).


T in the Park.  Scotland’s largest music festival, lasts over several days and features some of the biggest acts in the world, playing live in Perthshire.

The Edinburgh Festival. Three weeks of the finest music, theatre, opera and dance during August each year. This year the Festival runs from 7th – 31st August.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The largest, most diverse Arts festival in the world.  There really is something for everyone!

The Glasgow Merchant City Festival.  Nine days of street arts, live music, dance, comedy, markets, fashion, family events and much more – and lots of events are free!

Stirling Castle.  Everyone knows Edinburgh Castle, but Stirling Castle is, in many ways, even more impressive.  Find out why when you come to learn English in Scotland!

The Scottish football season begins.  Football is the most popular game in the world, and although England is credited with the ‘invention’ of the game, it was the Scots who introduced the English to the idea of passing the ball, thus creating the modern game we love!  Try to see a match while you are studying in Edinburgh or Glasgow with us.

Scotch Whisky.  For those who drink alcohol, this is the best drink in the world. Find out why in the country in which it is made!


And finally, if you’d like more information about the courses available at any of our Schools, please click on GlasgowEdinburghHamilton (for young learners).
Alternatively, you can email Andrew Lennox, the Schools’ President, at:


Andrew Lennox is President of English language schools Glasgow School of English and Global School of English – EdinburghThe International Association of Language Centres (IALC) accredits language schools in 22 countries around the world. 

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