Independent Schools Cultural Alliance - ISCA – Summer Programs in the UK

Loretto School

Loretto is located 8 miles away from Edinburgh, on the East Lothian coastline. The school’s impressive buildings are surrounded by 85 acres of grounds, extensive sporting facilities and beautiful woodlands. In addition, the Scottish town of Musselburgh, which students will get to visit, and the stunning beaches looking out over the Firth of Forth are just a short walk away.

All travel will be on
 private buses. 
Loretto is 30 minutes
 away from Edinburgh 
and under two hours 
from our furthest destination, Loch 
Lomond – the Queen of the 
Scottish Lochs. This campus allows us to have a true boarding school experience, whilst still being conveniently located for each cultural and historic sight we visit.


During the program 
ISCA will take over 2 of 
the 6 boarding houses,
 Balcarres House and 
Holm House. Both
 boarding houses have 
been recently
 modernised. Students
 will have either their 
own room or a twin room. Indoor facilities include large Common Rooms with PC facilities, Wifi, TV rooms, kitchens – where we will host The Great ISCA Bake-Off – and table tennis tables. Students’ laundry will also be done during the program.

In addition, the location of these houses, in our own area of the Loretto School grounds, allows us to be self-contained during the program. This gives our students the freedom of this fantastic campus, whilst retaining a safe and secure environment.

We are pleased to have our own private dining room for the ISCA students. The Loretto catering team will provide a number of different options for our students throughout the program, as well as a special formal dinner menu for the Hogmanay festivities.


Reverend Thomas Langhorne founded Loretto School in 1827. He named the school after Loretto House, his then home, which was itself named after a medieval chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto, which had formerly stood on the site of the school. In the years that followed, the campus grew. One addition to the campus was Pinkie House. Pinkie House was originally built in the 14th century and then extended in the 17th century to become Scotland’s finest renaissance villa. The most superior rooms in Pinkie House are the King’s rooms, so called because King Charles I spent three years living there in his youth.