Merchiston Castle School

Boys boarding and day in Edinburgh, Edinburgh (City of)

We are a Scottish School, offering the English curriculum, with a global outward-looking dimension, based just 15 minutes from an International Airport.

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Educating Young Men of Integrity since 1833

Merchiston is a remarkable school where boys gain a world-class, outward-looking education. Wellbeing underpins everything we do and our smaller school community makes for meaningful and connected conversations, means we get to know your son really well and ensures we can support and motivate him in just the right way.


When your son leaves Merchiston, he will have achieved the highest level of personal academic success, made lifelong friendships and developed a true sense of self. He will have learnt what it means to have true integrity and character, to think of how he can help others, to understand the great privilege it was to be educated at Merchiston and strive for happiness and success in all he does.


Situated in a peaceful, wooded 100-acre campus 4 miles southwest of Edinburgh’s city centre on the edge of Colinton, a picturesque riverside village, our location provides unrivalled opportunities to explore the surrounding countryside for mountain biking, walking and hill running. The cultural highlights of Edinburgh are just a short bus ride away and Edinburgh Airport only 15 minutes away for ease of international travel.


Your son will thrive at Merchiston because he is known, understood, valued, and supported in everything he does.

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Head Mr. Jonathan Anderson
School Type Combined school for boys
Junior Age Range 7 - 13
Senior Age Range 13 - 18
Academic GCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
Vocational Enterprise & Entrepreneurship BTEC in Sixth Form
Total Students 400
Youngest Boarder 12
Int'l Students 100