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Our participants in the annual Kodaly Summer School come from all over the world and love the wonderful surroundings, the warm welcome and the amazing rehearsal spaces at Merchiston Castle School. We can’t think of a better venue. Alison Hanna makes the whole event run incredibly smoothly 

C Allen National Youth Choir of Scotland

Driveway and Merchiston Castle School building entrance

Merchiston is a beautiful neo-classical building situated within around 100 acres of stunning parkland, and yet it is also easily accessible by all major transport links being only 5 miles to the city centre and 15 minutes drive to Edinburgh International airport.

We have a variety of accommodation which is available to hire and lends itself to a multitude of different uses, both large and small, from christenings, evening dinner dances, charity events, residential courses, rehearsal spaces, holiday camps and weddings. The combination of a ruined castle, beautiful grounds, elegant rooms and a swimming pool also makes Merchiston the ideal location for film and video shoots.

Whatever the occasion our events team are on hand and can assist with your planning, catering, decoration and facilities. Please call, Alison Hanna, Events Manager, to discuss on +44 (0)131 312 2258 or email

Accomodation & Facilities

Our facilities include a Theatre (seats up to 250 people), several meeting rooms, the Robertson Hall (seats up to 60 people), the Memorial Hall (seats up to 400 people), the Old Library (seats up to 30 people) and various other areas which can be set up to suit your specific requirements. There are also the sports hall and swimming pool on site. 

Residential accommodation comprises a selection of large dorms (10 beds), small dorms (4 beds) and single rooms. Laidlaw House is three star equivalent residential accommodation, available for up to 150 guests in en-suite rooms.

Dining & Catering

A wide range of in-house catering options are available, dependent on your function requirements: full waitress service, light buffets, a cash cafeteria or simply tea and coffee. Our excellent catering team provides a first class service with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, personalizing the rooms and menus to suit each groups’ needs.  We can also cater for any special dietary requirements if notified in advance.


Only 5 miles from Edinburgh city centre with the stunning Pentland Hills and Edinburgh Castle as its backdrop, Merchiston is a truly unique setting. We can offer you the space and spectacular setting for your big day that you would expect from a rural location, but without the long drive out to the country. 

As it is only available for hire in school holidays, Merchiston only hosts a small number of weddings each year, meaning each event is entirely tailored to the individual couple. Our specialist on-site caterers provide a complete and personal service, working with you to provide the exact menu you want for your special day.

The Memorial Hall is a magnificent large hall with ornate glass windows that dates back to 1930. It is the most impressive room within the School, the organ resonates wonderfully throughout the hall and its pipes are on display as a stunning centrepiece. This room provides a lovely atmosphere for your wedding and then is turned into the perfect venue for your evening reception.

The Old Library is the ideal size for a drinks reception, break-out space, setting for photographs or relaxation room during the evening reception. Filled with artefacts and memorabilia from Merchiston’s history since the 1880s, this room also makes a wonderful talking point. 

The Dining Hall is a lovely spacious room that can seat anything from 80-180 guests. There is a small stage area and a PA system is provided as standard. 

The Front of School has spacious areas over three levels which are linked by a magnificent central staircase. This makes the ideal indoor location for the wedding party to have their pictures taken.

There are 100 acres of stunning parkland in Merchiston’s grounds. Views of the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh Castle among the many leafy trees set the scene for your special day. The long drive makes a very impressive entrance as it winds its way from the gates up to the front door. 

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