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Social Programme

Social Programme

The school is not as big and crowded as many of the others I visited before. There are also many interesting trips around Scotland every week. I wasn’t disappointed!

Anton Kostarev, Russia

Learning English at IH Aberdeen is not only about studying - it's about exploring Scotland and meeting new people too! 

IH Aberdeen's Social Programme helps you make the most of your time in Aberdeen. Our activities and events are fun and varied: from meet-ups in a local cafe to excursions to some of Scotland's most beautiful sites. 

You can enjoy different events every weekend – many free or low cost – to experience as much of Scotland as possible while you improve your English on one of our courses.

You can also enjoy a range of social activities at lunchtimes, after school and at the weekends, so there are lots of opportunities to get involved and make new friends from all around the world.

Activities include:

  • Visits to some of Scotland’s most beautiful and romantic castles including Balmoral, which is still used by Queen Elizabeth, and Dunnottar Castle, where Hamlet was filmed.
  • Day trips to places like Loch Ness, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  • Outings to the Highland Games and the Edinburgh Festival (summer only).
  • Walking tours to explore Aberdeen and the beautiful Scottish countryside, including trips to the stunning Cairngorms, and Forvie Sands Nature Reserve to see the seals.
  • Whisky tasting at Aberdeenshire’s whisky distilleries where you will also see it being made.
  • Fantastic fun and Scottish dancing at Ceilidhs (pronounced ‘kei-lee’), the traditional Scottish country-dance parties.
  • Pub nights: sample local beers and meet friendly local people at traditional Scottish pubs.
  • Live music concerts (modern and classical).
  • Visits to museums and galleries.
  • Sporting activities such as indoor football, bowling, and golf.


We want to keep the prices of our social activities as low as possible, so that all students can participate. Please see below some approximate costs for typical IH Aberdeen social activities and excursions:

  • Aberdeen Museums & Walking Tours - FREE*
  • International Lunch  - FREE*
  • Golf Lesson: £6.50*
  • Ice Skating: £8*
  • Scottish Ceilidh: £11*
  • Stonehaven & Dunnottar Castle: £15 approx (bus & castle included)*
  • Whisky Distillery: £15 (bus & tour included)*
  • Aboyne Highland Games Day Trip: £25 (bus included)*
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow Day Trip: £30 (Bus included)*
  • Loch Ness Day Trip : £45 (includes bus and Loch Ness boat trip)*
  • Innoflate: £12*

*Prices above are approximate and subject to change, depending on time of year and number of students participating. 

For more details on our English courses and social programmes email us on info@ihaberdeen.com today!

Please note: the majority of social activities and excursions are suitable for all students aged 16+. However, there are some activities which may only be suitable for students aged 18+. For more info on IH Aberdeen's social programme for students aged 16-17, please click here: Students aged 16-17 at IH Aberdeen

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