On Our Doorstep - Week 1 Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, is an excellent place to live. It has won many awards for 'best city', and accolades for its quality of life, architecture, environment, innovation and economy.
Our location allows our pupils to take advantage of all the sporting and cultural activities that our vibrant city has to offer, as well as enjoying the stunning Scottish countryside on our doorstep.
Over the next few months, we will be posting images and a little piece of information about all the wonderful places to visit and experience within 30 minutes drive of Merchiston. You may not be able to be with us or visit us, during these challenging times, but we can bring a little bit of Edinburgh and the Lothians to you.
Edinburgh Castle, a stronghold that was once the residence of Scottish monarchs and now serves mostly as a museum. It stands 443 feet (135 metres) above sea level and overlooks the city of Edinburgh from a volcanic crag called Castle Rock. The first castle dates back to the reign of King David I in the 12th century. It houses the Royal Palace, Great Hall, Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, Mons Meg cannon, the 1 o’clock gun and the 12th century St Margaret's Chapel; Edinburgh’s oldest building.
The Pentland Hills Regional Park has a stunning range of medium-sized hills stretching from the City of Edinburgh bypass to Carlops. Three local authorities cover the Park, which is a mixture of publicly-owned land (such as Hillend, Bonaly, and Harlaw), and private land used for farming and sport shooting. Reservoirs dot the landscape, providing homes for many birds and mammals.
The Pentland Hills Regional Park can become a playground for outdoor adventure appealing to people of all ages and abilities. Follow the woodland paths and visit the stunning reservoirs, climb it’s ‘medium-sized’ hills and enjoy the spectacular views on offer across Edinburgh and those who fancy a bit more of a challenge put on your running shoes and follow the many trails.
In fact, Mr Rowlands, one of our Sixth Form Housemaster's, encourages boys to join his Sunday morning hill running club as part of their co-curricular activities.
Read more about our co-curricular programme here.
Edinburgh Castle Images Credit: Visit Scotland / Kenny Lam