Scotland soccer tours with WorldStrides Excel Programs

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About Scotland

Bagpipes, Braveheart and the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, think you know everything there is to know about Scotland’s history, tradition, and roots? Think again. Scotland is a land with great history and scenic landscapes. Thousands of acres of green stretch from the ragged coastline up the hills to be replaced by scenic mountains, lakes, castles, and churches.

Glasgow

Row of Gannon University Men's soccer team standing in front of Stone buildings in Glasgow, England.
Glasgow has transformed itself from an industrial city to one of the cultural capitals of Europe. It combines the energy and sophistication of a great international city with some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery. Glasgow boasts world famous art collections, the best shopping in the UK outside London, and the most vibrant and exciting nightlife. Just beyond the city of Glasgow lies some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. The local area is rich in history and heritage and each of its delightful country towns and villages has its own fascinating tale to tell.

Sights to see in Glasgow:

  • City Chambers
  • People’s Palace
  • Merchant’s House
  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Queen’s Cross Church
  • St. Andrew’s Cathedral
  • Clyde Auditorium
  • Celtic Park
  • Ibrox Stadium
  • Scottish Football Museum
  • Glasgow Science Centre
  • The Tall Ship
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
  • Willow Tearooms
  • St. Enoch Centre
  • Titan Clydebank
  • University of Glasgow
  • The Glasgow School of Art
  • House for an Art Lover
  • Glasgow West End
  • The Mackintosh House
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Kibble Palace and much more!

“The cultural experience traveling to Scotland with our boys was absolutely fantastic. WorldStrides Excel crafted an itinerary perfectly balancing matches, training and sightseeing. The boys were constantly upbeat when exploring historical sites, stepping out the tunnel at Celtic Park and even on the bus as we drove through the countryside. I recommend this trip to anyone from a first time traveler to an experienced adventurer, a soccer tour is a totally unique way to explore the world.”
– Conor Prachar, MSYSA Boys

 

 

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Edinburgh

Two rows of boys posing in front of an Edinburgh Castle. The boys are wearing red and black soccer uniforms.
Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, is famous for its history, architecture, festivals, friendly people, and city walking. The city is divided between the Old Town and the New Town. The Old Town is where you will find the vast amount of ancient buildings, while the New Town is dominated by business, order, and classical Georgian architecture. A great way to get a good feel for the city is to take one of the Open Top Bus City Tours. The majority of these tours allow you to hop on and off as you wish at each stop.

Sights to see in Edinburgh:

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Palace of Holyrood House
  • Holyrood Park
  • Royal Mile
  • St. Giles Kirk
  • Parliament House
  • Arthur’s Seat
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August only)
  • Sir Walter Scott Monument
  • Canongate Kirk
  • Castlehill
  • St. Giles Cathedral
  • Craigmillar Castle
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Old Town
  • Gilmerton Cove
  • Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
  • Royal Botanic Garden
  • Scottish National Gallery
  • Calton Hill
  • National War Museum of Scotland
  • The Scotch Whisky Experience and much more!

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St. Andrews

Soccer team standing over a stone bridge with rock homes in the background
St. Andrews has a special place in Scottish history and legend, taking its name from the saint whose relics were brought to the town. It played an important role in Scotland’s affairs, its cathedral was the largest building in Scotland and it was the centre of the country’s religious life. It has the oldest university in Scotland (Prince William studied here) and, of course, has been a pilgrimage to golfers wishing to play on the links where golf was first played. The historic town is easily and best explored on foot where the shops, many interesting buildings, museums, bars and restaurants are all easily accessible.

Sights to see in St. Andrews:

  • St. Andrews Cathedral
  • St. Andrews University
  • St. Andrews Castle
  • St. Andrews Links Golf
  • St. Salvator’s Quad
  • The Swilcan Burn Bridge
  • West Sands Beach
  • The Old Course and the Himalayas Putting Green
  • Kingsbarns Golf Links
  • Old Course Beaches
  • St. Andrews Botanic Gardens
  • The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews
  • British Golf Museum
  • Byre Theatre
  • Cambo Estate Gardens and much more!

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Stirling

Girl soccer team standing in front of a rock wall inscribed with Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Stirling is Scotland’s heritage capital, where the Wars of Independence were fought and won; where, for three centuries, monarchs ruled in regal splendor and where merchants and craftsmen plied their trade below the castle rock. Nowadays you can literally touch and feel the sense of history and nationhood, which is Stirling’s trademark, as you meander through the Old Town, enter the spectacular cliff-top castle or sample the town’s unique ‘living history’ events program.

Sights to see in Stirling:

  • Stirling Castle
  • National Wallace Monument
  • Stirling Old Bridge
  • Cambuskenneth Abbey
  • Bannockburn Battlefield & Heritage Centre
  • Argyll’s Lodging
  • Stirling Old Town Jail
  • Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park
  • Church of the Holy Rude
  • Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum
  • Falls of Falloch
  • Rob Roy’s Grave and much more!

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