English Language Schools in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling

Study English in Edinburgh.

Scotland’s stunning capital, which plays host to both our Young Learner Summer Programme and our other Group Programmes, is a wonderful city in which to study the English language.

Steeped in heritage yet colourfully cosmopolitan, Edinburgh boasts a wealth of historic and cultural offerings. Students attending our September-June courses are based in the heart of the city, with many of its finest attractions within walking distance, while our summer students based at Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus enjoy spectacular views of the city as well as easy access to the centre.

Studying English in Edinburgh:

Discover the city

There are no end of things to see and do in Edinburgh. The city is home to a wealth of museums and galleries, parks and gardens, theatres and cinemas, excellent shops and a host of sports venues. Just click on the links above to discover a range of places to visit within the city and beyond. A number of these are typically included in our Young Learner Summer Programme timetable.

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Getting around Edinburgh

Our September-June students will discover that our Frederick Street base is within walking distance of many of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions. For slightly longer journeys, taxis are easily available, while Lothian Buses run frequent services throughout the city, including a late-night timetable. One of the best ways for those new to the city to see the sights is by hopping aboard one of the Edinburgh open-top bus tours. Our Young Learner Summer Programme students are ashort bus ride from town, with a number of services stopping at or close to the campus.

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Edinburgh Highlights

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh CastleThere’s no missing the city’s most visited historic building, which sits high above Edinburgh and commands wonderful views. Dating from the 12th Century, the castle is built upon the plug of an extinct volcano and is steeped in Scottish history.

National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of ScotlandRe-opened in 2011 after a multi-million pound renovation, this magnificent 19th Century building is a much-loved Edinburgh institution. Formerly the Royal Museum it merged with adjoining Museum of Scotland in 2006 and houses an extraordinary showcase of artefacts from Scotland and around the world.

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Holyrood HouseThe official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen and the scene of many momentous moments in Scotland’s history. The nearby Queen’s Gallery and the Scottish Parliament building are other popular attractions worth a visit while in this part of the city.

Edinburgh Dungeon
Bringing 500 years of the city’s dark history to life, this themed attraction is just a stone’s throw from Princes Street and  is a popular draw for visitors to the city, with 11 actor-led shows and two nail-biting rides.

Royal Botanic Garden
Royal Botanic GardenWith over 70 acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds, the gardens have offered a haven of tranquillity for visitors since 1670 and boast a wonderful view of the Edinburgh skyline. ‘The Botanics’ are also a world-renowned centre for the study of plants.

Scott Monument
Edinburgh - The Scott MonumentA Victorian Gothic memorial to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, this soaring creation stands over 200 feet tall and those prepared to climb the 287 steps to the top are rewarded by a dizzying view of the city.

Open-top bus tours
An ideal way for those new to the city to get their bearings and to see the sights of Edinburgh. Hop aboard at Waverley Bridge, where the tours begin and end and where tickets can be purchased.

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Edinburgh Attractions

The attractions below are amongst the most popular that Edinburgh has to offer and include something for everyone. These should provide plenty of inspiration for Group Leaders hoping to organise a memorable visit to Edinburgh!

Mary Kings Close
Visitor attraction and underground guided tour hidden deep beneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile. 

Dynamic Earth
A journey through our planet’s past, present and future, with interactive exhibits and impressive technology, including a 4D and 3D experience.

Royal Yacht Britannia
Magnificent ship that was home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.

The Elephant House
Harry Potter fans will love to visit the coffee shop in the centre of Edinburgh where JK Rowling wrote the first 3 Harry Potter books!

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions:
Unrivalled views of  Edinburgh's skyline & fun attractions.

National Galleries of Scotland
3 separate galleries for art lovers in Edinburgh comprising the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

St Giles Cathedral
The historic City Church of Edinburgh which stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Gilmerton Cove
A series of mysterious hand carved passageways and chambers below the streets of Edinburgh!

Holyrood Park:
Arthur's Seat, the highest point in Edinburgh, is at the centre of the park, with the cliffs of Salisbury Crags to the west.

Gladstone’s Land:
Experience what life was really like in Edinburgh’s Old Town 400 years ago in this merchant’s house.

Ghost Tours:
A light-hearted journey into Edinburgh's dark past.

The Georgian House:
Step back in time to the elegance and refinement of Edinburgh's New Town in the late 18th century!

Museum of Childhood:
The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood, it displays toys and games from across the generations.

Duddingston Village:
In the shadow of Arthurs Seat  Duddingston Village boasts a pretty loch and a 12th century church.

Scottish Story Telling Centre
The home of Scotland’s stories

Dean village and the Water of Leith:
Get up close to the former water powered flour mills and quaint cobbled streets of a bygone era.


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Half-day trips from Edinburgh

There are many wonderful attractions within easy reach of Edinburgh and our students based in the city have the opportunity to visit locations such as;

North Berwick
North BerwickLittle more than half an hour from Edinburgh by train, this popular and historic seaside town offers first-class beaches, boat trips and golf courses, with the High Street filled with a host of shops, cafes and places to eat. The Scottish Seabird Centre is a much-visited harbour attraction, while the ruined 14th Century Tantallon Castle is just three miles east of the town.

South Queensferry
South QueensferryJust ten miles to the north-west of Edinburgh and easily accessible by public transport, the town sits on the shore of the Firth of Forth between the rail and road bridges which span the water between Edinburgh and Fife. A host of historic buildings populate the town, while a boat trip to the beautiful Inchcolm Island is recommended.

LinlithgowAround 20 miles from Edinburgh, this historic Royal Burgh was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and the well-preserved ruins of the Royal palace can be visited while enjoying a walk around the picturesque Linlithgow Loch. The Linlithgow Canal Centre operates boat trips along the Union Canal, while a host of sports and leisure facilities are also on offer.

Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn ChapelFeatured in the climax of Dan Brown's novel, Rosslyn Chapel is only 30 minutes from the city centre and is an architectural jewel. Wander the nearby well marked paths of Roslin Glen and view the ruined Castle.

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Full Day trips from Edinburgh

Popular destinations for day trips from Edinburgh include locations such as;

StirlingThis compact yet thriving city is the perfect size for a day trip and boasts a rich selection of contemporary and historic attractions. A city with strong links to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, its most striking landmark is its castle, which while steeped in history is also a thriving arts and concert venue. Known as ‘the heart of Scotland’, Stirling is also home to our other Young Learner Summer Programme.

St Andrews
St. AndrewsProbably Scotland’s most celebrated coastal town, St Andrews is home to one of the world’s oldest universities and is popularly known as The Home of Golf. As the centre of religious life in medieval Scotland, it is not surprisingly awash with history and the ruins of the once-mighty cathedral are a must-see. Bracing walks can be enjoyed along the town’s beaches - perhaps the finest in Fife - and the town offers a host of interesting shops and places to eat.

GlasgowScotland’s largest city is just 45 minutes away from Edinburgh by train, with a frequent service linking the two cities. Glasgow itself is easy to get around thanks to an excellent public transport system, which includes buses, a subway and local train services. The city boasts a thriving cultural scene and is the largest retail centre in the UK outside London. A wealth of museums, galleries, parks, gardens and historic buildings will leave you spoilt for choice when planning your visit.

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We have the following English Language Programmes available in Edinburgh:

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