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Every year, a considerable number of trips out of school take place. Some are annual, some operate every two or three years, and some are ‘one-off’ ventures. Most are linked to departmental activities: for example, visits to France or Germany, or exploring the landscape of Iceland; some are sport-related tours; others involve outward-bound type work, sometimes with a community work element.

Trips and expeditions which are regularly scheduled include Blakerston Camps, Duke of Edinburgh Awardassessments, First Form activities camp at Loch Insh, Third Form to Normandy, rugby tours in the UK and abroad, Ski trip, CCF Camps, visit to Cologne, China trip and exchange to Zhuhai.

This is in addition to field trips in subjects such as Geography and Biology.

Work rebuilding a school was undertaken on a summer expedition to Fiji.

Trips News

Playing Tennis

Merchiston Castle School pupils Charlie and Jacob are taking to the tennis court with some legends of the game at the moment.

Pringle Trip To Abernethy

III Form pupils have ventured off on the first Pringle Camp of the term to Abernethy Ardeonaig.

skip trip easter 2019

A group of 13 boys went to Passo Tonale, Italy, for our annual ski trip, and what fun was had!

Rosslyn Sevens

Our Senior 7’s Team finishes joint third out of an impressive 180 schools

young farmers feed lambs

Nine members of the Merchiston Young Farmers Club recently made a trip to Carsewell Farm.

Jacob tennis

UVI Form Pupil, Jacob, has had a great start to 2019 - and it looks like continuing thanks to the programme in place at the Merchiston Tennis Academy.

trip to Dounans

Twenty intrepid J4 and J5 boys set off to Dounans Outdoor Centre in Aberfoyle.

Euro Quizzers

Five I Form boys compete in the Euro Quiz in the Edinburgh City Chambers.

Marathon des Sables

LVI pupil, Hector, will be running the Marathon des Sables, the toughest footrace on Earth, to raise money for a charity close to his heart.


The Merchiston Golf Academy have travelled to the scenic East Lothian coastline to compete in the final of the ISGA Scottish Schools Area Final.

Football boys

Twenty eight Merchiston boys started their Half Term break with a trip to Manchester for our Football and Basketball Team Tour.

Ski World Cup

LVI Form pupil, Magnus, competed in the British Telemark Skiing Championships last month and was invited to participate in the Telemark World Cup.


Merchiston pupils joined Stewart’s Melville College to spend the morning with other boys studying French.

Art Gallery trip

Merchiston pupils visit some of Edinburgh’s private galleries.

Burns supper

Our Juniors have joined St George’s girls for lunch and an afternoon of celebrating the Bard.