How to Get to Merchiston

A’ faighinn gu Merchiston

Merchiston is just 4 miles from the city of Edinburgh and only 15 minutes from Edinburgh International Airport.

Entry to Merchiston and the Harpmakers’ Exhibition is free – please stop by, we’d love to see you.

Merchiston Castle School
294 Colinton Road,
Edinburgh, EH13 0PU

By Car
From the North: After the Queensferry crossing, follow signs to M8 and Glasgow. Take slip road marked Edinburgh and City Bypass (A720). Follow Bypass southbound sign. Exit at Dreghorn Junction (Colinton exit). 

From the South: A1, A7 and A68 all lead to the City Bypass. Follow signs for the Queensferry Crossing and Airport. Leave Bypass at Dreghorn Junction (Colinton exit). 

From the West: From the M8, do not follow route to Queensferry crossing, but continue on to the City Bypass, following southbound signs. Exit at Dreghorn Junction, (Colinton exit).

Follow signs for Redford Barracks: Merchiston is opposite these, on the north side of Colinton Road.

Travel information and route planner from the AA

Parking at Merchiston is free but limited. There may be a short walk to the venue from some of the parking available on campus or on adjacent roads. If you are delivering harps or children, please drop them off at the main building then find a parking space on the driveway or the road outside campus. Staff will be on hand at busy times to direct traffic. Sometimes we need to close the gate when it gets really busy. 

There is disabled parking at the front of the main building, by the entrance to the cafeteria and by Mappi Mundi.  Please display your badge. Please only park in designated areas and pay attention to our ‘no parking’ signs. There is no parking by Mappi Mundi or the Theatre except for disabled badge holders.

Residential guests are asked to park their vehicles down the main drive to leave the quadrangles empty for day guests. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

By Bus
There is a bus stop right outside the entrance to Merchiston. Lothian Buses No. 10, 45 and Skylink 400 pass here.  Exact change or contactless card payment accepted.

Standard fare: £1.80
Lothian Buses: +44 (0)131 555 6363
Route planner: or the free Bus & Tram app

By Train
Edinburgh’s main railway terminal is Waverley Station. From here you can take a taxi or bus to Merchiston. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.

Train information from National Rail

By Air
Edinburgh International Airport is only 15 minute taxi ride from Merchiston, while Skylink 400 express bus service (direct to Merchiston gate) and the tram service offer frequent and reliable transport links to the city centre.