Ah, Scotland. The land of haggis and kilts! But did you know that for years, Scotland has also been home to some of the longest, most generous school holidays in the world?
If you’re a Scottish student or parent, you can look forward to plenty of days off throughout the year.
Length of School Holidays
In Scotland, school holidays typically last between 5 and 8 weeks depending on the time of year.
This is much longer than in many other countries, which usually have school holidays between 1 and 4 weeks long. Of course, this means that Scottish students get more time off from lessons.
But it also means they have more time to take part in extra-curricular activities or experience new places and cultures.
When Are School Holidays?
Scotland’s school holidays usually take place during four main periods throughout the year.
Late December/early January, mid-February to early April (including Easter), late May/early June and late July/early August.
These dates may vary slightly from one local authority area to another so it pays to check with your local council before making any plans.
How Can You Make The Most Of Your Time Off?
With all those extra hours away from school comes plenty of opportunity for having fun!
Whether it be visiting family or friends in different parts of the country. Taking part in a local event or even just getting out into nature for some much needed downtime.
There are lots of ways to make sure you make the most out of your Scottish school holiday. Even better. Thanks to their length, you’ll have plenty of time to do all these things without having to rush back home too quickly!
Scottish School Summer Holiday
Ahh…the summer holidays.
A time for sun, sand, and sea. But if you’re a student living in Scotland, your summer vacation might not be quite as glitzy and glamorous as the rest of the world’s.
That’s because Scotland has one of the shortest summer holidays in Europe. Only six weeks long! So how do Scots kids make the most out of their brief summertime holiday?
The key to making the most of your short school break is planning. Figure out what activities you want to do during your holiday and make sure you get them all in before your six weeks are up.
Book tickets to a festival or concert, plan a day trip with friends, or get yourself signed up for an activity course. Whatever suits your fancy! Just make sure that when August rolls around and it’s time to go back to school, you haven’t got any regrets about all the fun things you didn’t get round to doing.
Make Use of The Weather
Let us face it. When it comes to weather, Scotland is not exactly known for its sunshine and heat waves.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun outdoors during your summer break. Take advantage of Scotland’s cooler summers by going on hikes through sunny glens or exploring nearby lochs on a canoe trip.
Activities which are much more pleasant when temperatures don’t soar into the 30s! And if it does rain (as it often does).
There’s nothing stopping you from having an indoor picnic with friends or curling up with a good book by an open fire.
With only six weeks of vacation at hand. It can be tempting just to sleep late and stay indoors all-day watching Netflix.
But trust us, that gets old quickly!
Instead, try staying active during this short break by taking part in outdoor sports such as football or cricket with friends or simply going for regular walks around your neighbourhood.
Not only will this help keep boredom at bay but also ensure that you come back from your holiday feeling refreshed and ready for the year ahead.