Tips For Studying In Scotland

In a world where you can study Ancient Greek in China or Chinese in Greece, students have a wide variety of choices when it comes to choosing where they want to study, whether for A Level or a university degree.  Classrooms, laboratories, and lecture theatres are generally pretty much the same on the inside all over the world, so it is important for students to consider how they will spend their time outside their academic timetable.

Advantages of studying in Scotland

Studying in Scotland is an ideal choice for many students.  The country’s academic and research reputation is renowned throughout the world, and the list of inventors and innovators who have passed through Scotland’s academic system is impressive in itself.  When considering Scotland’s history of academic success, it is clear that this is one of the best places in the world to study.  It is also considerably less expensive to study and live in Scotland than it is in, say, the south of England.  Additionally, Scotland offers a wide variety of excellent employment opportunities for students after they graduate.

Away from the classroom

Scotland has a great deal to offer any student when they are not busy studying, including a number of vibrant modern cities and a stunning array of landscapes.  Even a simple railway journey can turn out to be a sightseeing experience that will leave a lasting impression.

Consider the many locations for which Scotland is famous – the Western Isles, the Highlands, Loch Ness (with its monster still at large) – and it is clear why the country appeals to visitors from around the world who want to either explore its unique historical and cultural treasures, or just stand back and marvel at the scenery.  Scotland’s admirable road and rail links make it easy to get around the country and enjoy all that it has to offer.

While it may be difficult to tear oneself away from Scotland’s dramatic landscape, its cities also have a huge amount to offer students.  Edinburgh, the capital, is renowned for the massively popular Fringe – the largest arts festival in the world – as well as the sense of history that greets visitors.  Glasgow, named the European City of Culture in 1990, has consistently enhanced its reputation every year since and offers what is considered to be the best shopping experience in the UK outside London.  The cities of Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Perth, and Stirling all have much to impress visitors including a huge variety of nightlife options, a vibrant café culture, extensive shopping opportunities, and beautiful public gardens.

Quality of life

Of course, the learning process and the end results are the paramount consideration, but the quality of life that the student experiences while they are studying is also a very important component of a well-rounded educational experience.  Students who are happy and settled in their environment will have a better, more focused experience in the classroom, which can only reflect favourably in their results.  For many students Scotland, with its unique mix of ancient and modern, city and countryside, is the ideal place to both live and study.

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Top Reasons To Take A Railway Journey Through Inverness

For those that take to the rails on a daily basis for the wearying commute to work, the phrase “rail holidays UK” probably doesn’t evoke especially romantic or enticing images. It’s more likely to conjure a memory of that tubby man sitting opposite that snores like a dyspeptic hippo, or the young fella sitting adjacent listening to his iPod at such a volume that anyone within earshot is treated to a barrage of nerve-shredding white noise (think of a bottle full of miniature marbles being shaken interminably).  But thankfully, there’s a cure – taking a rail trip through the breathtaking landscapes of Inverness.

Here are some reasons why a railway journey through Inverness can restore the pleasures of letting the train take the strain, as that old TV ad used to put it.

1. Travelling to Inverness by rail is a delight. No snoring commuters or young men trying to deafen themselves, just comfortable seats and enchanting vistas as your train speeds through spectacular scenery on its way to the most northerly city in Scotland. Driving such distances simply mars the experience; it’s tiring. But who cares if a little spontaneous shut-eye is called for when one’s derrière is nestled warmly on a comfy train seat?

2. The delights continue upon arrival. This is a real chance for hemmed-in, scrunched-up, stressed-out urban refugees to experience the almost astounding vastness and grandeur of the Scottish Highlands. Why not see some of it by booking a seat on the Kyle Line? The 63 miles of railway running from Dingwall to the Kyle of Lochalsh coveys the spellbound passenger through no fewer than 31 tunnels carved through solid rock, and over 29 bridges offering jaw-dropping views of the Highlands en route. A train runs to and from Inverness three to four times a day and the Kyle Line itself is occasionally graced by visits from glorious old-timers such as the Orient Express and the Flying Scotsman.

3. Inverness itself is a potent cure for anyone who experiences commuter-induced stress upon seeing or hearing the phrase “rail holidays UK.” There are fabulous walks along the River Ness, a bleakly beautiful Iron Age fort atop Craig Phadraig, and a mesmerisingly beautiful glen, the legendary Glen Affric, which dwarfs and humbles the human observer in its immense wilderness.

4. But there’s more to Inverness than hauntingly beautiful wilderness. There’s also excellent shopping for those who suffer cold turkey if deprived of retail therapy for too long. There are dozens of independent shops selling jewellery, clothing and gifts, ranging from the quaint to the voguish, and a charming Victorian market slap bang in the heart of the city centre.

5. No trip to Inverness could be complete for anyone with even a vestigial interest in whether Nessie exists or not. Take a day trip to the sublimely beautiful Loch Ness and put that scepticism to the test. Even if the great beastie doesn’t make an appearance, the trip will have been entirely worthwhile; it’s one of those places that remain achingly beautiful even on a grey, rainy day.

So, these are five reasons to take a railway journey through Inverness. And that’s without mentioning the magnificent West Highland Line, voted “Best Rail Journey” in 2009 by the Wanderlust Travel Awards for its incomparable beauty and spectacle.

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Summer At Eden – Meet The Makers

Exclusively Highlands presents Summer at Eden – a Meet the Makers event at the Bishops Palace, Eden Court, Inverness, where visitors can meet the artists and craftsmen, see some of them at work and have the opportunity to purchase something unique and exquisite from them.

Harris Tweed and Felt Trinket BoxesTaking place in the beautifully restored Bishops Palace, there will be over 40 exhibitors all bringing the very finest of Highland Arts, Crafts and Foods to Inverness on 7th and 8th July.  Visitors will be able to meet the Exclusively Highlands craftspeople and see some of them at work making traditional to contemporary arts and crafts.  Talk to the artists about how the local Highland landscape inspires them, how they use traditional Scottish crafting techniques and where possible Scottish materials to make authentically Highland arts and crafts, albeit often with a modern twist.

With over 40 exhibitors from all over the Highlands of Scotland, there are a wide range of crafts, including silversmiths and jewellers; felters, knitters and other textile artists; pottery, woodwork, glassware, sculpture, miniaturists and many others.  Items range from little purses or vintage style collectible toys up to sculptures and furniture crafted from whisky barrels and with price ranges to suit every budget.

HareThis new event will be on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July from 10am until 5pm daily.  Entrance into the Meet the Makers Exhibition is free.  Eden Court is close to Inverness city centre, has ample parking and a friendly restaurant for those in need of refreshment.

Isabel Stewart, the woman behind Exclusively Highlands says “Visitors love speaking to the people who’ve actually made the items they are selling.     Members of Exclusively Highlands are extremely knowledgeable about their field of work and this gives them a chance to share that knowledge and enthusiasm with the public.”

Exclusively Highlands showcases quality wares by Highland artisans in beautiful venues around Scotland.  With a membership of over 70 artists and crafters – a  testament to the strength of their Eden Court Theatreevents and brand and an ever-growing reputation for the finest Arts, Crafts and Foods in the Highlands.  All the goods are hand crafted in the Highlands of Scotland and are carefully chosen for their unique and excellent quality. Group members make a diverse range of goods including handbags, bodices, millinery, jewellery, knitwear, soaps, paper and silk crafts, glass art, wood and ceramic sculpture, photography, pottery and furniture. There are also a whole range of food items such as preserves and sauces, baking and chocolates.  Members travel from all corners of the Highlands to bring their arts, crafts and foods to these events.   Prices range from a few pounds upwards so visitors can find something special whatever their budget.

Last year was the busiest on record for Exclusively Highlands with craft fairs across the Highlands. Isabel Stewart concluded ‘It is clear that there is a huge demand for unique and bespoke craftwork providing it is top quality and it is that that has been the secret of our success. I fully anticipate that this event will prove to be hugely popular.’

From 07/07/2012 To: 08/07/2012  10:00 – 17:00

Melanie McKay
Member of Exclusively Highlands
01463 250127

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Inverness Music Festival Highlights Concert

OneTouch Theatre at Eden Court Theatre

The Inverness Festival Association will be showing another great concert on 5th May 2012 at the OneTouch at Eden Court Theatre featuring the best bits of the Inverness Music Festival which took place last month. The concert will be showcasing the amazing talent  the Highlands of Scotland has to offer.

The performances featured are the ones that the judges and audience thought stood out amongst the others during the Inverness Music Festival. The talent covers a broad spectrum including popular and folk song, orchestral ensemble, speech and drama, traditional Scottish music and music from stage and screen.

Tickets for the Inverness Music Festival Concert are available from the Eden Court Box Office or by calling 01463 234 234.

If you are travelling to Inverness for the concert you can book quality accommodation with the Inverness Guest House Association.

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Traditional Continental Market In Inverness

Traditional Market In Inverness

Taste Of Italy At The Traditional Continental Market In InvernessCome and sample the delights of the Continent !

Inverness City Centre will be transformed into a bustling market place. Professional continental market traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland wearing traditional costumes will be selling high quality products including Brittany biscuits, olives, Italian nougat, pungent cheeses, saucissons, tartiflette from the Alps, charcuterie, fresh breads, croissants and much, much more! Or, for those of you with a sweet tooth, there will also be freshly cooked crepes.A Great Selection Of Bread At The Traditional Continental Market In Inverness

As well as the fine edible goods, you will also be able to choose from a wide range of products including hand bags & leather items, Marseille soaps, lavender, children toys and pachmina! There really will be something for everyone!

Most of the products on sale will come from “the terroir”, the land, of the stall holder, where they are produced by small organisations such as family businesses, farms or small factories using traditional methods, maintaining a high standard of quality!
All of the traders will also wear their traditional local costumes from 100 years ago, as well as decorating their stall to represent the area of the country they come from. The market really will therefore provide you with a true flavour of the continent…

For more information contact Olivier Simonin, Traditional Market Ltd Mobile: 07833937251 or visit the Traditional Market website.

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