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Explore Our Grounds

Bird's-eye view of Merchiston Castle School Edinburgh campus

Experience the Merchiston campus with our interactive virtual tour map. We hope you enjoy exploring Merchiston online and we very much look forward to welcoming you in person in the future. 

Merchiston stands on the edge of the picturesque riverside village of Colinton, 4 miles south west of the centre of Edinburgh in a spacious 100 acres (c. 40 hectares) of exceptionally beautiful grounds. Shadowed by the stunning Pentland Hills, the views are the envy of many a city school. Your son will have the freedom to enjoy the extensive parkland, woodland, sports fields and facilities of the school grounds, which are bordered by the Water of Leith.

Did you know?

  • Independent Schools' Grounds Team of the Year - Institute of Groundsmanship, 2019
  • The grounds have one of the largest tree collections in Scotland 
  • We have 8 rugby pitches, 2 football pitches, 5 cricket squares, an astro, 3 tennis courts 
  • The ruins of 13th century Colinton Castle can be found on the campus

Interactive Virtual Tour - Please click on a place marker shown on the map (desktop only), or select an area listed in the key, to choose where you would like to visit. At the bottom of each information box you will find arrows to help you scroll through the available images.

Merchiston Castle School Campus birds-eye view

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Map Points

Reception
Medical Centre
Accounts and Administration
Staff Common Room
Old Library
Memorial Hall
Dining Room
Religious Education
Merchiston Astro
Faculty of Support for Learning
School Shop
Fourth Form Boarding House
Shell Form Boarding House
Fifth Form Boarding House
Sixth Form Day House
Sixth Form Boarding House and Gym (Laidlaw House)
Mount Olympus
Colinton Castle Squash Club
Pipe Band Hut
Five Courts
CCF Hut
Swimming Pool
Athletics Arena
Sports Hall and Gym
Napier and Theatre (Maths)
Mappa Mundi Schools
Gibson House
Spawforth Library and Careers
Robertson Building
Design and Technology and Art and Design Centre
Outdoor Biology Classroom
Colinton Castle Ruins
Headmaster's House (Castle gates)
Indoor Tennis Centre and Golf Practice Area
Merchiston Juniors Boarding House
Pringle Teaching Centre
Pringle Football Pitch
Secret Garden
Miller Rifle Range
The Stable
Grieve Pavilion
1914-2014 WW1 Centenary Pavilion
Playing Fields
Staff Housing
Gibson House Lawn
The West Gardens