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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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Principal’s Post - 20 years of English in Edinburgh

20 years of providing English courses in Edinburgh A Happy New Year from ECS Scotland to all students and staff. 2015 is an important year for us, as we celebrate our 20th birthday.  For 20 years, ECS Scotland has been providing English language courses for professional adults from all over the world.…

Ancient marine reptile. By Todd Marshall via BBC.com

20% discount during 20 weeks of 2015

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Principal’s Post - marketing trip to Japan

English school promotion in Japan Since the last post, the Principal and her assistant have been overseas on a fascinating trip to Japan. Primarily this was a work trip, but we also travelled around using the magnificent Shinkansen train network and saw some truly amazing sights, and met some truly…

Tokyo Skytree with the Asahi HQ building

The super Shinkansen!

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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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Principal’s Post - tartan noir

What is 'tartan noir'? BBC Scotland recently aired a great crime drama series called ‘Shetland’. Based, not surprisingly, on the Shetland archipelago of Scotland which is situated north-east of mainland Britain.  The series has adapted the novels of writer Ann Cleeves, whose novels belong to the &lsquo…

Shetland photos by Dave Donaldson www.davedonaldson.co.uk

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Principal’s Post - April 2014

Wherever have the weeks gone?  The year seems to be marching on. The days are getting longer since the clocks went forward a few weeks ago and Edinburgh is once again full of daffodils and other spring flowers.  Easter is not too far away either.   …

Spring is here!

Edinburgh is full of daffodils

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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 - Burns Night

Burns Supper - 25th January This week one of Scotland’s most important celebrations takes place. It is the time when Scots all over the world commemorate the birth of Scotland’s national poet or bard - Robert Burns. He was born on January 25th 1759 and the long…

Robert Burns, born 25th January 1759

Enjoy a splash of whisky with your haggis or as a dram after dinner

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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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Principal’s Post - British Council inspection report

Winter solstice, Hogmanay and the Loony Dook We are fast approaching the shortest day or winter solstice, when we have short days and long nights. This year in Scotland the shortest day is on 21st December and marks the time when the days start to get longer again and the…

The 'Loony Dook' takes place every 1st January. Photos and video from www.s1southqueensferry.com/news/thousands-take-the-dook-challenge-for-new-year-at-south-queensferry.html#

Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh. Photo from www.edinburghguide.com/events/edinburghshogmanay

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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 - Scottish heather honey

The benefits of Scottish heather honey It’s October already and the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ so aptly described by the poet John Keats is well under way.  It conjures up memories of sitting by a cosy fire eating warm toast or teacakes covered…

Black Isle Brewery www.blackislebrewery.com

John Mellis' Scottish heather honey. Available at Real Foods.

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Principal’s Post - autumn

Principal's Post Autumn is arriving to Scotland: misty mornings, warm spells of bright sunshine and glorious golden, red and bronze colours of the trees. The frenzy of the many festivals is over and Edinburgh has returned to its calm grandeur. The holidays are over, the children are back at…

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Principal’s Post - Murraymania

Scotland is celebrating Murraymania is sweeping across the land as Andy Murray, the Scottish-born tennis player, has finally realised his (and the rest of the UK’s) ambition to win the Men’s Singles Championship final at Wimbledon.  The first Brit to win the championship in 77…

Queuing for ice cream!

Relaxing on Cramond beach.

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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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Principal’s Post - eltons

Glorious sunshine Yesterday Edinburgh was basking in glorious sunshine with people strolling around the city and relaxing outside many of the pavement cafés that have suddenly popped up throughout the city.  Yes, despite having the coldest spring since 1979 (and with roads closed in the Highlands due to…

Relaxing outside in the sunshine. Princes Street Gardens.

Enjoying the sunshine below the castle. Only 2 minutes walk from the school.

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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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Principal’s Post - May 2013

“HAPPY MAY DAY TO YOU ALL”. Around the world people are saying goodbye to the cold, wintery months and welcoming the warm sunshine of spring and summer.   In Edinburgh, the ancient Celtic fire festival called BELTANE is celebrated on Carlton Hill.  Traditionally young girls also climb…

The Forth Rail Bridge from South Queensferry.

The old school room at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

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Principal’s Post April 2013

Earth day Monday 22nd April is Earth Day: a time when many countries across the globe hold events to show their support for all kinds of environmental matters. More than one billion people take part in celebrating what a wonderful planet we live on.  This year’s theme…

Statue of John Muir

Pandas at Edinburgh zoo

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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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Principal’s Post February 2013

A Happy Pancake Day to you all.  Today, as in many parts of the world is Shrove Tuesday.  People in Scotland traditionally eat pancakes on this day. They also take part in one or two strange rituals, such as tossing pancakes into the air or running through the…

The coffee room has been buzzing with friendly chatter.

Practise your spoken English both inside and outside the classroom.

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Principal’s Post January 2013

A warm welcome for a happy and successful 2013 from ECS Scotland to English learners everywhere.  Welcome also to our new website and blog. This means you can get regular news about what has been happening at ECS Scotland, as well as up-to-date information on our courses. Our new and…

We look forward to welcoming all our new students in 2013

Tea and scones after the visit to the Turner exhibition at the National Gallery

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