Explore Your Scottish University Town

Moving away to university? Check out our brief guide to Scotland's top university cities.

Edinburgh: Auld Reekie

Edinburgh

Edinburgh has many universities and colleges including University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Napier, Heriot-Watt and Queen Margaret University. Edinburgh is famous for the Fringe festival which descends upon Edinburgh every August, also legendary street parties during Hogmanay. 

Activities

Scotland’s capital city also boasts an impressive range of dining options with more restaurants per head than any other city in the UK. If you fancy a discount on some eating out, Young Scot cardholders can catch a discount at Vapiano, Pizza Hut, and Taco Mazama.

Visit the castle - if you dare - there is a rumour that if you visit the castle as an Edinburgh University Student before you graduate you will fail your final exams! No confirmation if this is true (it probably isn't), but if you feel brave, use our Young Scot £1 entry to heritage sites discounts and head on in!

Edinburgh’s main shopping street in the centre is Princes Street with a whole host of shops, you can get a discount with your Young Scot card at Dr Martens, Topshop and Topman, Jessops and Camper.

Glasgow: Dear Green Place

Glasgow

Glasgow is a vibrant, exciting and fun city, and home to many universities and colleges including Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Glasgow, City of Glasgow College, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow School of Art, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Activities

Glasgow has more green space per head of population than any other European city, with over 90 parks and public gardens. Check out Kelvingrove Park- a student favourite, Queens Park or Pollok Country Park for lots of different options for picnics and wandering. Grab a picnic to take with you for less with 10% off at the Co-op with your Young Scot card.

Glasgow is known for its amazing nightlife and is home to a range of great live music venues, As the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is host to around 130 music events every week. From catching global superstars at larger arenas to smaller bands at the tiny venues, Glasgow caters for all music tastes. Get an extra discount off any performances at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a Young Scot cardholder.

Dundee: City of Discovery

Dundee

Dundee is home to several universities, including Abertay University, University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, and the neighbouring University of St Andrews. Named as Scotland’s coolest city by The Wall Street Journal last year in its list of 10 'hot destinations', Dundee has lots of exciting activities and natural beauty to check out.

Activities

Dundee is renowned as a science city where researchers from both universities have made ground-breaking advances in biomedicine and biotechnology. Check out the Dundee Science Centre for a fun day out, and get concession rates as a Young Scot cardholder.

The V&A has recently opened an outpost in a stunning building in Dundee. Check it out for a culture trip. Don’t forget you can get concession tickets with your Young Scot card.

For a top class vista, check out the  view from the Law - Dundee's very own volcanic plug, to be exact -  it never fails to impress.

For shopping check out the Overgate Shopping Centre- don’t forget your Young Scot discount on Schuh, Topshop and Topman.

Aberdeen: The Granite City

Aberdeen

Aberdeen is home to Aberdeen College, Robert Gordon University, Gray's School of Art and the University of Aberdeen. The small city is a lively mix of history, culture and its signature grey architecture!

Activities

Aberdeen has a range of pubs, clubs and bars, as well as live music venues. You can get concession Rate on HMT & Music Hall shows at Aberdeen Performing Arts with your Young Scot card.

If you fancy something a bit more adventurous, visit Go Ape at Crathes Castle, a half-hour drive from Aberdeen, and get 15% off Tree Top Adventures with your Young Scot card!

Stirling: Gateway to the Highlands

Stirling

The city of Stirling is a historic and picturesque site and the location of Stirling University. There are views and culture to be soaked up at every turn.

Activities

Climb up Abbey Craig to the National Wallace Monument. Tackle the 246 steps to see fantastic views of Stirling and the local area.

For more history, check out Stirling Castle- take advantage of the £1 entry to historic sites discount while you’re at it!

For some cheaper scran, don't forget to use your Young Scot card at Pizza Hut, Our Place Cafe and Co-op Food.

Inverness: Capital of the Highlands

Inverness

The Highland capital is bustling with history, culture and views. Inverness offers a fantastic choice of events and festivals from music, golf championships and iconic Highland Games on top of art, history and heritage events.

Activities

Immerse yourself in history of the local region by visiting Clava Cairn, a Neolithic burial chamber and the starting point for the Outlander series!

For an exciting day trip get a group of pals together for some fun with free entry for up to ten players at Bedlam Paintball with your Young Scot card.

Worked up an appetite? Why not grab a bite at Harry Gow's the bakery, remembering your Young Scot discount!

Fancy heading home?

If you want a home-cooked meal or miss your pets, why not remember to use your Young Scot card to save money on travel! All Young Scot cardholders can get 20% off Citylink fares.