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Why Edinburgh is an inspiring place to learn
Gemma Gray

Here at Merchiston, we are incredibly fortunate to call Edinburgh our home. Frequently rated as one of, if not the best, cities to live in, the Scottish capital is an inspiring place to raise and teach young men.

Edinburgh is steeped in culture, literature, and history, boasting some of the best academic institutions in the world. If you are considering Edinburgh as a place of study for your son, here are just some of the reasons we believe it is the most motivating place to learn. 



With a plethora of museums, theatres, and galleries to explore, Edinburgh has a rich cultural heritage to admire.

Home to The National Museum of Scotland, The National Galleries of Scotland and a range of vibrant theatres, Edinburgh hosts a wide range of world-class exhibitions, performances and seminars that inspire and excite young minds. With these renowned cultural institutions at our doorstep, Merchistonians frequently visit local events, installations and showcases to inform their studies.

Each year, Edinburgh hosts a variety of festivals including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the International Book Festival, and the Edinburgh Science Festival. These spectacular events complement our curriculum, providing the students with new ways to engage with history, science, literature and more.


Higher Education

The city of Edinburgh boasts several outstanding universities with a wide range of courses to choose from. The University of Edinburgh is frequently ranked in the top 5 universities in the world, while Heriot-Watt University often appears within the top 10.

Merchistonians benefit from visiting and taking part in activities at a range of Edinburgh-based universities. Doing so gives them an insight into life as a student, what the university has to offer, and a chance to speak to staff and undergraduates to ensure that they are able to choose a university that meets their specific needs.

These connections and opportunities ensure that we are in the best position to prepare your son for the next steps in his career.



The headquarters of many successful tech startups and businesses, Edinburgh has made a name for itself as one of the top tech hubs in the UK. The diversity, creativity and ambition fueling the tech ecosystem in Scotland acts as an inspiring environment in which to study and build a career.

With a 31% increase in tech employment since 2018, Edinburgh presents countless opportunities for students looking to gain experience and learn from others in the tech space.

This culture of entrepreneurship is hugely inspiring for young men and is reflected in the popularity of our BTEC in Entrepreneurial Education, an A-level equivalent that teaches students about the skills and mindset of business.

Edinburgh’s rich cultural, academic, and professional landscape provide a powerful learning environment and Merchiston benefits from the city’s wide range of activities and opportunities that will strengthen and diversify your son’s learning.


If you are interested in sending your son to an Edinburgh-based school where he can thrive and succeed, visit Merchiston’s website here.