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Midlothian Private Schools & Special Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In Midlothian

For anyone planning a move to or within Midlothian in the east lowlands, we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within this fantastic Midlothian.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Midlothian 's famous British cities and towns include Edinburgh, Musselburgh and Dalkeith.

Midlothian has a great choice of high quality UK private schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different properties to call home, from country mansions and estates, cottages and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Midlothian has a wide history rooted in previous mining, agricultural and fishing industries. Among these thriving times, the county has over 4 miles of beautiful woodland walks in the 105 hectares of woodland found throughout Midlothian. Attractions such as Lady Victoria Colliery and the Rosslyn Chapel highlight the rich history found all throughout the county." Visit Scotland

Midlothian was once a dominant land county in the Middle Ages but has since grown smaller. It now shares borders with West Lothian to the west, East Lothian, Roxburghshire and Berwickshire to the east with Lankarkshire Peeblesshire and Selkirkshire to the south. 

The City of Edinburgh, located in the north of Midlothian, is famous for its Georgian Architecture. In fact, JK Rowling was inspired by Edinburgh whilst writing the Harry Potter books. Visit places such as Victoria Street, GreyFair Kirkyard or even take the Potter Trail to get the full experience! 




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Looking for a prestigious Independent (private) school in Midlothian, GB?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Midlothian  (or you already live in Midlothian  but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best private schools in Midlothian  there is a big choice of high quality Midlothian  schools, with a number of the Midlothian ’s highest ranking Independent schools considered to be some of the best in the UK. 

Midlothian ’s private education sector features day schools and boarding schools, girls’ schools, boys’ schools and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private Nurseries, Prep Schools, Independent Secondary and Sixth Form schools and colleges. 

Find Private Schools In Midlothian, UK (Or Near Me)

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for private schools with a reputation for excellence in Midlothian  and in the city of Edinburgh and towns like Musselburgh and Dalkeith by using our Private Schools Directory and Independent Schools Finder (powered by isbi's School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the schools and colleges listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private Pre-Prep and Prep schools or on Independent Senior and Sixth Form schools and colleges, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at private schools and colleges around the UK and worldwide.




Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in Midlothian, one of the best being:



Merchiston Castle School

Edinburgh, Scotland EH13 0PU

Private School (Fee Paying) Boys, 7-18 Years, Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

Merchiston is a remarkable School in Scotland's capital, where boys make lifelong friends and community connections, whilst gaining a world-class education. Their mission is as simple as it is profound; to develop “Young Men of Integrity”.

[Read More About Merchiston Castle School...]



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Midlothian, UK

Some of the best Independent Secondary schools and colleges and Sixth Form schools and colleges in Midlothian, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:

Top Private Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Schools In Midlothian, UK

Some of the best Pre-Prep and Prep schools in Midlothian, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls aged from 3 years to 11 or 13 years include:

Special Needs Schools In Midlothian, UK

Some of the best Special Needs schools in Midlothian, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British Special Needs and Special Education Needs education for boys and girls (single-sex and mixed) include:




Where To Live In Midlothian, Scotland, UK

The most popular British cities and towns in the Midlothian  area (GB) include, with approximate population numbers:

>  City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, UK

Edinburgh (488,00), Bruntsfield and Morningside (10,000), Haymarket and Dalry (8,100), Leith (24,500), New Town (3,700), South Side (37,600), Stockbridge (5,000)

>  Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, UK

Bonnyrigg (14,500), Mayfield (13,570), Loanhead (6,440), Newtongrange (5,300)   

>  Dalkeith, Midlothian, UK

Dalkeith (13,400), Tranet (12,100), Gorebridge (7,160), Ormiston (1,970) 

>  East, Midlothian, UK

Musselburgh (20,800), Preston (95,000), Berwick (16,000), Prestonpans (10,400) 

>  South, Midlothian, UK

Loanhead, (6,400), Rosewell (1,500), Roslin (1,630) Lasswade (400) 

>  West & Penicuik, Midlothian, UK

Penicuik (16,100), Howgate (6,000), Silverburn (60)




Edinburgh is a very popular place to live and many people move to Edinburgh each year, or to near Edinburgh and the surrounding area, from around the United Kingdom and abroad.

Many of those moving to Edinburgh are escaping more urban living in London or other larger cities, deciding to relocate to the Midlothian  capital to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous city with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic pubs, restaurants and sports and popular cultural events, arts and music.

Ten Things To Know About Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

> FACT 1: Edinburgh Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, with over 50,000 performances over 3 weeks at 317 different venues! Comedians such as Rowan Atkinson, Noel Fielding, Graham Norton, Miranda Hart and Russell Brand have all performed at the festival over the years. 

> FACT 2: JK Rowling wrote many of the Harry Potter books whilst living in Edinburgh, in fact you can visit some of the coffee shops that she spent days writing in! Edinburgh therefore became the set for some of the most famous film locations for the Harry Potter films. Visit Victoria Street, GreyFair Kirkyard or even take the Potter Trail to get the full experience! 

> FACT 3: Edinburgh is home to Sir Nils Olav, the only knighted penguin in the world. Knighted in 2008, Nils Olav is the mascot for the Norwegian Guard and has moved up the ranks since 1982 - currently a Brigadier! He was knighted as a result of his outstanding service and good conduct and the Guardsmen visit Nils every few years whilst in the city. 

> FACT 4: More than 75% of the buildings in Edinburgh are listed. The city is famous for its beautiful Georgian architecture with more than 4,500 buildings recognised for their historical and architectural interest. 

> FACT 5: Edinburgh is the greenest city in the UK! Calton Hill is perhaps the most famous area of green space in Edinburgh, however the city also has 112 other parks dotted around the area. 

> FACT 6: The Grand Edinburgh Castle actually sits upon an extinct volcano! Castle Rock is a 700 million year old volcano and if you visten out you can hear the ‘One O’Clock Gun’ being fired from the castle every day at 1pm. 

> FACT 7: The Royal Mile, the most famous street to walk along in Edinburgh, isn't actually a mile long, it’s actually only 107 yards… so no excuses now! 

> FACT 8: The Encyclopaedia Britannica produced its first copy in Edinburgh. Published in 1768 by Colin Macfarquhar who printed the book with Andrew Bell responsible for the engravings on the cover. 

> FACT 9: Edinburgh and the surrounding Scottish land formations are known for their stark beauty, these dramatic landscapes were formed from glaciers during the recent Ice Age. The most impressive examples can be found in the deep valleys in between Nor’ Loch and Cowgate. 

> FACT 10: There is a small window located high above the fireplace in Edinburgh Castle’s Great Hall. The Fireplace is known as “laird’s lug” which translated to “the Lord's ear”, the window was actually used to eavesdrop on conversations taking place in the next door Great Hall! 

Where To Live In Edinburgh, UK

Edinburgh and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a cottage, townhouse, large apartment, mansion or country estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool.  There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central city living to rural, country lifestyles, Edinburgh and the areas near Edinburgh are full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, rolling countryside, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

West End Edinburgh, Corstorphine Edinburgh, Newington Edinburgh, Leith Edinburgh, Portobello Edinburgh, Tollcross Edinburgh, Musselburgh Edinburgh, Stockbridge Edinburgh, Comely Bank Edinburgh, Bruntsfield Edinburgh, Marchmont Edinburgh, Roseburn Edinburgh, Murrayfield Edinburgh, Gorgie Edinburgh, Dalry Edinburgh, Polwarth Edinburgh

Commuting To And From Edinburgh By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Edinburgh is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne, Manchester, London and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Edinburgh To London: London is a 1 hour and 10 minute flight from Edinburgh, with very regular flights to all major London airports throughout the day. London is about 396 miles by road from Edinburgh via the A1 and driving to the centre of London from Edinburgh normally takes under 7 and a half hours.  There is a very regular train service to London from Edinburgh, with trains taking under 6 hours to get to London.

>  Edinburgh To Glasgow:  Glasgow is about 50 miles by road from Edinburgh via the M8 and driving to the centre of Glasgow from Edinburgh normally takes under 1 and a half  hours. There is a very regular train service to Glasgow from Edinburgh, with trains taking from 50 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes to get to Glasgow

>  Edinburgh To Manchester: Manchester is about 220 miles by road from Edinburgh via the M6 and driving to the centre of Manchester from Edinburgh normally takes under 4 hours 15 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Manchester from Edinburgh, with trains taking from 3 hours 40  minutes to 4 hours to get to Manchester.



Nearest Airports To Edinburgh, UK

The nearest airport to Edinburgh is Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) which is 6.6 miles away.  Other nearby airports include Glasgow (GLA) (under 48.5 miles), Newcastle (NCL) (under 86 miles) and Inverness (INV) (under 115 miles).




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