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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 — Edinburgh

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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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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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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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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A few things to do in Edinburgh

What to do in Edinburgh after class or at the weekend Edinburgh is a fantastic city to learn English in.  The size of the city means that you can get to know your way around within a few days, within a few weeks you can navigate your way…

The Scott Monument and the east end of Princes Street Gardens

The People's Story museum on the Cannongate

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English course in Edinburgh special offer

Discounted English courses at ECS Scotland Improve your English in Edinburgh this year.  To celebrate 20 years of ECS Scotland 1995 - 2015, we are offering a 20% discount on our 20 hours per week General English group course during 20 weeks of 2015 ! The 20 discounted weeks are available from Monday 5th January - Friday 2…

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Environmental English Course in Scotland, United Kingdom

Intensive 1-week Environmental English Course will be held 11th - 15th May 2015 and 7th - 11th September 2015 Environmental English courses at ECS Scotland are suitable for a wide range of professionals working in areas such as landscape or ecosystem surveying, renewable energy, ecology and nature conservation. Environmental experts, park rangers…

Edinburgh is the perfect place to take part in an Environmental English course. Although a town, it has an abundance of nature within its boundaries.

Within one hour of Edinburgh there is a plethora of inland and coastal sites of interest for environmentalists, the Bass Rock is just one of these.

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Principal’s Post - Summer 2014

Where did the summer go? Where did the summer go? Sitting here with the autumn sun shining through the window and festival goers trundling along Princes Street with their suitcases on their way home, a real autumnal feel has crept up on Edinburgh. The 67th Edinburgh International Festival officially ended…

Autumn sun in September

Festival picnic in Princes Street Gardens

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Bildungsurlaub courses in Edinburgh, Scotland

Are you looking for a Bildungsurlaub course in Edinburgh? ECS Scotland has Bildungsurlaub recognition for the states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Hessen, Hamburg and Saarland.   Bildungsurlaub is available for our General & Specialist English Combination Courses for 30 hours per week at levels B1 …

Bildungsurlaub courses in Edinburgh

General & Business English course

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Discounted English course in Edinburgh

Spring special offer on English courses in Edinburgh: 200 GBP per week for General English courses starting on Monday 31st March, 7th or 14th April. Come to Edinburgh and improve your English!  To celebrate Spring, ECS Scotland is offering a discount on English courses during the first three weeks…

Improve your English this Spring for 200 GBP per week!

Improve your English in a small group with a maximum of 5 students.

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Principal’s Post - Forth Rail Bridge

The Forth Bridge One of the most iconic images of Scotland, the Forth Bridge, is aiming to achieve world heritage status next year.  Opened in 1890, the bridge is a remarkable engineering construction connecting the north and south sides of the River Forth by rail.  It is approximately 8300ft (2.5…

Hillwalking with Kate, Lindsay, Belle and Laura

Cross-country skiing with Jane, Kate and Andy

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Principal’s Post - Homecoming Scotland

Momentous year for Scotland The year 2014 has finally arrived and this is going to be a momentous year for Scotland.  There are several things happening nationwide which are important for both Scots at home and those further afield.  This year has been designated a ‘Year of Homecoming…

Bagpipes on the streets of Edinburgh

Drummers in Princes Street gardens

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Special presents

Give the gift of language! Are you still looking for a special present for that important person?  ECS Scotland offers gift vouchers for all our English langauge courses for adults in Edinburgh.  It is a very special gift which can be used for many, many years! Not…

Electronic gift vouchers are available within 48 hours

Gift cards can be posted to you

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Principal’s Post - Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland This week (25th November – 1st December) is BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND.  This is a week when the whole of Scotland celebrates books and reading. A wide range of activities will take place throughout Scotland. You can vote for your favourite Scottish book, listen to authors talking…

Reindeer on Princes Street

Part of Edinburgh's Winter Ferstival

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Principal’s Post - Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson  In celebration of Robert Louis Stevenson day, here is one of his short poems called ‘Happy Thought’ “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should be as happy as kings” A local boy, Robert…

Robert Louis Stevenson. Photo from www.robert-louis-stevenson.org

Poppies. Photo from www.ladyhaigspoppyfactory.org.uk

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Principal’s Post - Astrix and the Picts

Astrix and the Picts Today is a great day for comic book fans the world over, and especially for those in Scotland.  The 35th book in the world famous Asterix series is now available in bookshops.  The title of this adventure ‘Asterix and the Picts’ takes…

Astrix and the Picts. Image from Wikipedia

Weekly and monthly ceilidhs in Edinburgh. www.edinburghceilidhs.com

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Principal’s Post - summer in Edinburgh

Summer in Edinburgh It’s official, Edinburgh really is the place to visit.  Three recent surveys have placed Edinburgh attractions in their top ten ranking. The National Museum of Scotland took first place in the top ten visitor attractions in the UK. The museum is packed full of…

Students in Princes Street Gardens at lunch time. It is only 2 minutes walk from the school!

Holyrood Park with Arthur's Seat in the background. A fantastic park close to the centre of Edinburgh.

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Principal’s Post - Film Festival

Summer in Edinburgh Summer must be here, Edinburgh is hosting the first of its many festivals that are held at this time of year.  The 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from the 19th – 30th June and is the world’s longest continually running film festival. It…

FjordSailing Shetland race from Bergan (Norway) to Shetland (Scotland)

Blue sky and sunshine, summer has arrived!

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Accommodation in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an year round popular tourist destination Visitors from all over the world come to Edinburgh to enjoy the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty our city has to offer.  Many people choose to spend a longer time in Edinburgh and join an English language course so they…

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Principal’s Post - Edinburgh is the happiest city in the UK

Britain's happiest city - Edinburgh! A recent UK-wide study by Cadbury's has revealed that Edinburgh tops the table of Britain’s happiest cities. This shouldn’t be a surprise, as several other surveys in the past have named Edinburgh as one of the most desirable places…

Edinburgh has been named Britain's happiest city by a Cadbury's study.

The Dean Village, a beautifully hidden corner only 5 minutes walk from the centre of town.

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A visit to Glenkinchie Distillery

Glenkinchie Distillery Glenkinchie Distillery is also know as the home of “The Edinburgh Malt” is located in the rolling farmland of East Lothian and houses an excellent exhibition in the listed red brick buildings.  Your visit begins with an exhibition which is situated on the Old Malting…

An impressive model of the Distillery which explains the process of making whisky.

Tools used to cut peat and explanation of whisky making process.

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Homestay accommodation in Edinburgh

Homestay accommodation Homestay accommodation is a good choice if you want to spend as much time as possible speaking English outside the classroom.  You can share breakfast and have your evening meals with your hosts, this is an excellent opportunity to practise your English communication skills.  ECS Scotland…

Hosts live in different parts of the city, all easily accessible to the centre of town and the school.

Hosts will welcome you in to their home and make you feel as comfortable as possible in your new surroundings.

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Visit to Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel is only 12 miles from the centre of Edinburgh. The visit starts at the information centre which has an exhibition about the history of the chapel, the carvings and the surrounding area.  In the chapel we received a talk by one of the guides who explained in more…

Rosslyn Chapel

Part of the ruined castle

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Principal’s Post Spring 2013

Today the signs of Spring are everywhere in Scotland. Tiny colourful crocuses, dainty snowdrops and magnificent golden daffodils are all opening their flowers to herald in Spring. Flower heads of purple, white and yellow are peeping out from under an icy blanket of snow to bask in the bright sunlight…

colourful crocuses

dainty snowdrops

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Principal’s Post March 2013

The Year of Natural Scotland This year is ‘The Year of Natural Scotland’, when you are invited to celebrate the outstanding natural beauty of Scotland in all its forms. You are encouraged to go into the great Scottish outdoors and discover for yourself the wonderful things that Scotland…

A Rowan tree

A Scots Pine

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Believing in effigies - A visit to the Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh First of all I had tea under the eye of John Byrne in the new and comfortable café of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. At the beginning I thought it was Frank Zappa, because of the…

Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street (photo from VisitScotland)

Portrait Gallery cafe (photo from Mondoarc)

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Environmental English course

We started our new Environmental English Combination Course this week, this course is aimed at Environmental Professionals from a variety of working backgrounds.  Our client is a landscape surveyor, so we covered the essential vocabulary of geographical features, before moving on to look at how…

Arthur's Seat. Overlooking Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth and Carlton Hill

Arthur's Seat, 25 minutes walk from the school

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