Boasting the likes of Fettes, George Heriot’s and Stewart’s Melville, the sheer number of beautiful school buildings in Edinburgh is quite staggering.
Here, we take a look at a dozen examples that show Auld Reekie has some of the finest-looking schools not just in the UK – but in the entire world.
5. Donaldson's school for the Deaf (former)
The former Donaldson's school for the Deaf has recently been converted into luxury accommodation, but it stands today as a prime example of school architecture in Edinburgh. It was so admired, in fact, that Queen Victoria once commented that she would prefer to live there than at Holyrood. Photo: Rob McDougall
6. Edinburgh Academy
The senior school of Edinburgh Academy was established in 1824 and stands proudly on Henderson Row. The handsome portico which forms entrance is a testament to the popularity of neoclassical architecture in Edinburgh at the time it was built. Photo: JON SAVAGE
7. Boroughmuir High School (former)
Built in 1913, the former Boroughmuir High School was occupied for more than a century until its replacement in 2018 when the school relocated to Fountainbridge. The former school building has since been transformed into luxury flats. Photo: JON SAVAGE PHOTOGRAPHY
8. George Heriot's School
How many schools in the world boast a castle as their backdrop and can legitimately claim to occupy just as fine a building? The school, which operates as both a primary and secondary school, was established in 1628 as George Heriot's Hospital and is notable for its exquisite renaissance architecture. Photo: Greg Macvean