The days are getting shorter, the leaves are beginning to change colour and the swifts and swallows have long ago returned to Africa. We have said goodbye to our summer English Language Students, who have gone back to work or study, and now that autumn has arrived and winter is round the corner, there has never been a better time to think about visiting Scotland. Not only is Scotland a beautiful country in all seasons but it has recently been voted by readers of the Rough Guide Travel Book to be the most beautiful country in the world, ahead of New Zealand and Canada! This comes as no surprise to those of us who live here or who have come on holidays but most visitors only tend to enjoy its beauty in the summer. What a shame as Scotland takes on a different feel in the autumn and winter. The colours of the trees is different, people wrap up against the cold, feeling cosy and alive inside the extra layers.
So, what has Scotland got to offer the IELTS students outside of summer? Let’s
1 We have beautiful walks and cycles for all levels of ability from gentle coastal paths to the high hills in the Cairngorms and Grampians.The Cateran Trail, 103 km of stunning walks starts near Active English. https://www.pkct.org/Pages/Category/long-distance-trails
Lucy, your teacher will be happy to accompany you and show you her favourite routes.
2 The clear, bright light makes for fabulous views and scenery, a delight for painters and photographers, from lochs and mountains to coastal views and wild, bleak moors.
3 We reorganise the structure of lessons to take full advantage of the shorter days. Lessons will take place in the evening, leaving the days free for sight-seeing . cultural and historic visits and outdoor activities
4 Lessons take place in Alyth which is only 50 minutes from Glenshee and its wonderful ski-slopes. Practise skiing while also practising your English.
5 You can discover how we celebrate different events like Halloween and Burns Day and learn the language you need to talk about it.
Whatever the season, Scotland has much to offer.