Merchiston Castle School - Edinburgh

Pool Information

Size: 20m x 4 lane
Average Temperature: 28 degrees Celsius

Changing Rooms: Separate male and female changing rooms. The male changing room is the first room you will pass when you enter the building and the female changing room is the second, slightly larger room.

Hygiene: Our teachers really love it when children blow their noses and go to the toilet before the start of lessons. This tends to avoid any unwanted surprises and causes minimum disruption to the lessons!

Meeting Point

From the changing rooms, head up stairs to poolside and parents, along with children, are welcome to take a seat until lessons commence.

Viewing the Pool

The great thing about Merchiston is that you can sit right on poolside and feel part of your child's progression. There is ample seating available all around the poolside. To access the pool area, walk up the stairs situated by the changing room and you will find the pool area.

Personal Equipment


  • Eye goggles must be worn to allow for clear vision.
  • No baggy shorts are allowed as they restrict leg movement.
  • All children must wear their SwimEasy swim cap to prevent distractions and for pool cleanliness.
  • Swimming Costumes must be tight fitting preferably one size smaller than normal.
  • Recommended:

  • Towel
  • Pool Shoes
  • Robe
  • T-Shirt

Entrance & Parking

From Colinton Road, turn into the main school entrance and continue along the driveway towards the main building. Follow the road round to the left and take your first right to park on the red stones in what is called the "Chalmers Quad". The pool is situated at the back of the school. Once you get out of your car, leave the "Quad" and make your way round to the side of the "Chalmers West" building, and follow the path down a few steps, turn right, and the pool building can be seen up ahead. A sign on the wall indicates the pool building. Please note: We are asked that we only use the Chalmers Quad for parking and not at the other side by the boarding dorms.

Address & Times

Merchiston Castle School

294 Colinton Road


EH13 0PU

Days and Times



18:15 - 19:15


(SwimFast and Swim Junior Masters)



Call Now to Book

0131 466 0764

Holiday Dates 2016-2017

Day Rolling Programme Starts Autumn Exclusion
Winter Exclusion
Spring Exclusion
Summer Exclusion
Rolling Programme
Wednesday 31 August 19 October 21 & 28 December
3 & 11 January
15 February
5 & 12 April
- 14 June
Friday 3 February N/A N/A 17 February, 7 & 14 April - 16 June