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Outdoor education forms a significant part of the
co-curricular programme at Merchiston and boys are encouraged to
participate at every opportunity. From a simple introduction in the
there is progression towards more challenging and demanding
activities as the boys enter the Sixth Form. Every boy in the Senior
School has to attempt the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award with the
opportunity to progress to Silver or Gold as they move up through
Other outdoor activities are accessible through
weekly clubs, Sunday trips or more extended excursions during the
Merchiston is ideally situated to take advantage of
the surrounding countryside. We have easy access to the Pentland
Hills and the Water of Leith for mountain biking and low level
walking, and we are only a short drive from the Lammermuir Hills,
Glentress and the Borders. The Edinburgh International Climbing
Arena is a 15 minute drive away and we have access to two outdoor
crags within 45 minutes. There is a swimming pool on site with a
fleet of pool kayaks as well as an on-site orienteering course.
Sailing activities take place on the nearby Firth of Forth whilst
hill walking/winter trips see us cross the bridge and head up to
Rock Climbing: Climbing is a popular
activity with the boys and convenient access to the indoor facility
at Ratho helps tremendously. Climbing is being run
as a weekly activity on Tuesday afternoons or as a series of Sunday
trips. In the Summer term there is scope to climb at Traprain Law,
Aberdour or North Berwick Law.
Mountain Biking: Mountain biking
is a popular activity with many of our junior boys and there are
usually weekly rides into Colinton Dell and the surrounding
Pentland Hills. Sunday outings will often include a trip down to
the justifiably famous Glentress near Peebles with
its excellent selection of graded trails and skills courses.
Hill Walking: Most Merchiston boys'
hill walking experience is through D of E expeditions or in Pringle
House but there is a small cohort of 'Munroists' who are keen to
get up to the Highlands. There have been several charity Munro days
involving more senior boys and more recently, through training for
Islands Peaks Race, some hill runners!
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme: Please see
the separate Duke of Edinburgh Award page
The Head of Outdoor Education is Mr George.
Many of the above activities are provided by
qualified full time members of the school staff. In some cases we
contract out to relevant AALS licensed providers.
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