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A collection of stories covering everything from English courses and accommodation to Edinburgh and beyond. If you’re looking for something specific use the category buttons to the right.

Recent articles — March 2019

Principal’s Post - VisitScotland’s Top Twenty Tourist Attractions

In the recently published VisitScotland’s list of the Top Twenty Most Visited Tourist Attractions, 7 out of the top 10 can be found in Edinburgh. Naturally, this is a good reason to choose Edinburgh when considering where to study English this year.  The first 3 on the list - The…

Jane attending the Quality English mission in Tokyo

Attending a training day for English teachers in Japan

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Recent articles — May 2018

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy EC Scotland Ltd T/A ECS Scotland (we, us, our) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We take the privacy of all of our customers and site users seriously and take great care to protect your personal information. Privacy & General Principles This policy…

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Principal’s Post - Stone stacking, whisky, and tours

It’s amazing what humans get up to in their spare time.  Playing a sport, learning a new language or walking in beautiful Scottish landscapes.  Some people even embrace what is around them by creating works of art from stacking stones in their spare time. The Scottish…

Tours Plus English, one of their English classes took place on the train to Glasgow.

Learning about camera usage from a professional photographer before going on a photography walking tour of Edinburgh's New Town. Part of the Tours Plus English touring course.

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Recent articles — March 2018

Principal’s Post - Beast from the East

“Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get” a quote attributed to or made famous by Mark Twain is an apposite quotation to describe what happened in Scotland last week.  The media and visitors to Scotland may have been taken by surprise with the wintery…

Snowy Edinburgh streets

Snowy school

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Recent articles — February 2018

Principal’s Post - Burns Supper and British Council Inspection Report

Burns Celebrations January is the time for Scots in Scotland and all over the world to celebrate once again the birthday of that most famous of Scots, Robert Burns.  Born on 25th January, 1759 and died in 1796, Robert Burns is credited with writing and preserving more than 300 poems and traditional…

A traditional Burns Supper with haggis, neeps and tatties.

During the meal we listened to renditions of Burns' poetry and songs.

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Recent articles — May 2017

Recent articles — April 2017

Principal’s Post - Scotland’s stunning scenery

Improving your English language skills is not the only reason to spend time in Scotland.  Scotland’s stunning and spectacular scenery has recently been rated very highly, with a third of the places on a list of the finest views in the whole of the UK located in…

Andy and Jane visit the IATEFL conference in Glasgow

Jane catching up with Bob from Express Publishing

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Recent articles — January 2017

Principal’s Post - Robert Burns

ECS Scotland wishes you a very happy, peaceful and prosperous 2017  How did you spend your Hogmanay?  Were you one of the millions of people around the world who, as the clock finished chiming midnight on New Year’s Eve, took part in singing one of the most…

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Recent articles — June 2016

Plus English tours and classes

Are you looking for different type of English course?  Do you want to visit Scotland and improve your English with more tourism and less classroom?   ECS Scotland is happy to announce a teaching partnership with Plus English.  Plus English offer touring English courses with an excellent…

Plus English. Tours around Edinburgh and Scotland + English.

Visit places in Scotland + English classes

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Recent articles — April 2016

Principal’s Post - Loch Ness Monster Found

LOCH NESS MONSTER FOUND! People in Scotland and around the world woke up to the dramatic headline this week that ‘Nessie’ our world famous monster had finally been found in the depths of Loch Ness. Alas, it turned out not to be the true living humpbacked green monster…

The Loch Ness Monster is found. Photo from http://nerdist.com/loch-ness-monster-found-kind-of/

IATEFL English teachers 4-day conference. Photo from https://sandymillin.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/iatefl16summary/

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IELTS exam preparation course

What is IELTS? The International English Language Testing System is a test of English which is recognised throughout the world.  The IELTS exam has now become one of the most commonly recognised English language tests in the world. Every year, more than 1 million people take the IELTS exam to…

IELTS exam preparation in a small group with a maximum of 5 students

Intensive IELTS exam course in a small group

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Recent articles — March 2016

Principal’s Post - Spring 2016

Spring has sprung Spring is good news for ECS Scotland’s excursion programme as many favourite visitor attractions are opening their doors to once again to welcome our students.  Falkland Palace, Traquair House, Tantallon Castle and Dunbar (birthplace of world renown environmentalist, John Muir) will once again…

Joelle in Guatemala

An volunteer from Sonrisa del Corazon

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Recent articles — December 2015

Principal’s Post - Christmas 2015

End of the year 2016 We often say that you don’t come to Scotland for the weather, meaning that if you want hot, dry days of sunshine to laze around on the beach beside a Mediterranean blue sea then you wouldn’t choose to come to Scotland. However,…

Edinburgh Christmas Market with ice skating rink and big wheel

The Oysterman at our Christmas party on 10th December

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Recent articles — October 2015

Principal’s Post - Autumn in Scotland

Autumn has arrived in Scotland  The browns, reds and golds of the autumn foliage makes for an enchanting experience, whether in the city or outside in the countryside.  It also means no midges (the maddening menace of the summer) and also fewer tourists, so enjoying the many wonders…

Quaich presented by ECS Scotland to Golf Club Scotland in Slovakia

Ladislav, ex-student and founder of Golf Club Scotland in Slovakia

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Recent articles — July 2015

Principal’s Post - UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO World Heritage Site Once again Scotland is punching above its weight, with the announcement that it now has a sixth world heritage site.  The 125-year old Forth Bridge, which spans the River Forth just outside Edinburgh, has recently been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Towering above…

Students stop by the Forth Rail Bridge on a recent excursion

Flora on Erin during the Edinburgh to Orkney Islands race

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Recent articles — June 2015

Cambridge English: Advanced examination

Cambridge English: Advanced examination (formally CAE) Do you feel confident enough when using English, but still make errors when speaking and writing? Or do you speak accurately using basic structures and vocabulary, but tend to play safe and only use the language you feel comfortable with?  If…

Prepare for the Cambridge English: Advanced exam in a small group with a maximum of 5 students

Prepare for the Advanced exam in Edinburgh

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Recent articles — May 2015

Summer excursions

All courses at ECS Scotland include one afternoon excursion per week Excursions are usually on a Wednesday afternoon.  We leave Charlotte Square at 1pm and return to Edinburgh at around 5pm, depending on traffic. The aim of the excursion is for you to practise your English outside…

Culross village

Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery

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Timetables for English course at ECS Scotland

All courses include an excursion to a place of cultural interest on Wednesday afternoons from 13.00 to approximately 17.00 Your exact timetable will be given to you with your letter of confirmation.  ECS Scotland reserves the right to change class times if necessary. General English 15 hours per week    Monday …

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Recent articles — April 2015

English for Environmental Science course in Edinburgh, Scotland

Who needs English for Environmental Science? It’s not just ecologists who need English for Environmental Science!  Professionals working in the energy industry, forestry industry, conservation, town planning, countryside management and tour guides all need to be able to explain key concepts common in environmental English.  You…

The Water of Leith runs through Edinburgh and provides scenic spots along the way.

Scotland has many places for you to visit at the weekends and after your course.

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Saturday morning IELTS course in Edinburgh

IELTS exam preparation on a Saturday morning. We can offer you 1-to-1 IELTS exam preparation or a private group for 2 or more students studying together on a Saturday morning. Perhaps you have already taken the IELTS exam once but you need a higher score, or you are studying…

Small group IELTS course

Learn skills for the IELTS exam

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Recent articles — March 2015

Principal’s Post - International Bagpipe Day

International Bagpipe Day! Today Scotland and many other places throughout the world are celebrating International Bagpipe Day 2015.  From Ballachulish to Biggar and Barbados to Brazil people are gathering to pay tribute to the ancient skirling musical instrument. Although very much an emblem of Scotland, the bagpipe in some form…

International Bagpipe day!

ECS Scotland is now a Quality English school

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Recent articles — February 2015

Our teachers - Jane

Jane (A.K.A The Principal) Jane's main goal in life is to promote effective communication and inter-cultural awareness between people of different language backgrounds. Throughout her long and varied career she has taught most nationalities (apart from North Americans and Antipodeans) from complete beginners to very advanced levels…

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Our teachers - Flora

Flora Flora's had a varied career starting out as a ski racer. She then trained as an outdoor instructor and is now qualified in teaching canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing and sailing. Her biggest passion is yacht racing and she's completed the Bergen to Shetland race, an offshore…

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Our teachers - Laura

Laura Laura is often your first point of contact with ECS Scotland as she takes care of the enquiries, bookings, administration, homestay accommodation and excursions at ECS Scotland (as well as marketing and any other miscellaneous tasks!).  She is also a qualified English teacher who taught in Barcelona for 3…

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Principal’s Post - Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air The days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter, so Spring is on the way to Scotland.  Today the sun is shining and the sky is blue and walking to work we can see the beautiful white snowdrops popping their heads through…

Snowdrops are popping up all over the city

Laura at the EnglishUK Marketing Conference. Photo from The PIE

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Recent articles — January 2015

Stirling Castle

Visit to Stirling Castle Stirling Castle has played an important part in Scottish history for hundreds of years.  The castle has been restored and refurbished and it is a popular visit with our students.  It takes approximately one hour to get to Stirling by minibus from…

Visit to Stirling Castle

The Union Jack flag flying at Stirling castle

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Museum of Flight

Visit to the Museum of Flight If you like anything and everything to do with flying, this is the excursion for you!  The Scottish National Museum of Flight is located about 45 minutes drive to the east of Edinburgh, at an airfield called East Fortune.  The airfield was…

You can go aboard Concord, take a seat or check out the cockpit.

If you always wanted to be a pilot, here's your chance...

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Falkland Palace and Real Tennis

Visit to Falkland Palace Falkland Palace is located in the picturesque village of Falkland. The palace is now run by the National Trust for Scotland and is open to the public for about 8 months a year, entrance fees help to maintain the building. Volunteer guides are available throughout the property…

Falkland Village

Falkland Palace gardens

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Holyrood Palace

Visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse The Palace of Holyroodhouse is a truely royal visit, the Palace is the Queen's official residence in Scotland.  If the Royal Family are visiting, the Palace is closed to the public. For further information and opening times, see here. It is…

Palace of Holyrood House as seen from Calton Hill

Holyrood Palace is located at the foot of the Royal Mile

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House of the Binns

Excursion to House of the Binns The House of the Binns is the only National Trust property for Scotland that is still home to the same family that built it all the hundreds of years ago. In 1944, Eleanor Dalyell, the present owner's mother, put the care of…

House of the Binns

Jane at the tower

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