St Andrews day trips

Saturday Trips

Students coming to ISSOS at St Andrews will have the opportunity to explore Scotland by getting to know the history and rich culture that exists in St Andrews and in close by cities and towns. On Saturdays students will go on a full-day trip to two of Scotland most exciting cities:


Glasgow is one of Scotland's most exciting cities, known as the second biggest city of the British Empire, with stunning 18th century architecture and holding the title for one of the best shopping cities outside of New York. When students go to Glasgow they will visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery which is home to the Salvador Dali masterpiece "Christ of St John of the Cross". After the art gallery students will have the opportunity to shop in Glasgow's main shopping district before returning to St Andrews. Returning students and those interested can also choose to tour Glasgow University instead of going to Kelvingrove Art Gallery.


Edinburgh is Scotland's Capital city and is home to the World's largest arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Students will go on a one-hour walking tour of this fascinating city and will learn about Edinburgh's haunted streets, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Castle and all the things that make Edinburgh one of the best cities in the world. Our students will walk down the famous Royal Mile and have time to shop in Princes Street and have lunch in Princes Street Gardens before returning to St Andrews. Students will be given the option to visit The National Museum of Scotland, The Edinburgh Dungeons or Camera Obscura while in Edinburgh.


Wednesday Trips

On Wednesdays, students are in academic classes until 12 noon and then go on a half-day trip. There are four Wednesday trips for students to choose from, and they will be able to go on two out of the four trips over the three weeks. They can choose from the following:

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle is the home of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Students can enjoy the history and beauty of Glamis Castle by taking a guided tour with one of the expert guides and soak up the atmosphere of a thousand years of history.

Scottish Deer Centre

The Scottish Deer Centre is set in the Fife countryside and covers over 55 acres. Their collection includes 14 species of Deer from around the world, Fife's only Wolf pack, Otters and other rare Scottish species including the Wildcat. The Deer centre is also home to the Raptor World Bird of Prey Centre.

Scone Palace

Follow in the footsteps of countless Kings and explore one of Scotland's most popular castles. Scone has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce. The Palace houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artefacts and the grounds are renowned throughout the world.

Blown Away

Blown Away is an award-winning outdoor experience company who are situated on West Sands beach in St Andrews. ISSOS students have the opportunity to experience land yachting (also known as Land sailing, sand yachting and Blokarting) as well as kayaking and paddleboarding. This is a fun activity for those who love the outdoors and want to try something different.

Final Half-Day Trip

On the final trip day of each session all students and staff are invited to go ten-pin bowling. This is a great trip that allows students and staff to hang out and spend time bonding before they prepare to leave us to return home.

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