Welcome to Gordonstoun International Summer School…
where everyone smiles in the same language


Gordonstoun International Summer School has been operating for over 40 years and each year we welcome boys and girls from over 35 nationalities and between the age 8-16 to enjoy a fabulous Scottish summer of learning, fun and friendship. My favourite quote from the 2019 courses was “I really want to come back, but I’m 16 and turning 17 in September, so I can’t. But Gordonstoun will be in my heart forever

I hope our website provides the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, we enjoy hearing from you!

We look forward to welcoming you to Gordonstoun.



Course 1:

9th July –
2nd August 2021


Course 2:

16th July –
9th August 2021


Students will receive instruction in English as an Additional Language or, for those boys and girls who are fluent in English, they can choose one of the following: Information Technology or Literature and Creative Writing or French Language or Film and Photography.

Arts and Crafts, Technology, Confidence Building, Music Making, Drama, Sailing and Sport will be integrated into the programme and students will be helped further to develop self-reliance through Adventurous Activities and Ocean Cruising. Recreational and optional activities are also offered.

A chance for you to see for yourself…

Course Overview

Inter-Clan Campus

The Classroom

Activity Options

West Coast

News and Updates

Whilst Claire loves travelling to different countries and meeting with families interested in GISS and saying hello to those who have been to GISS in past years, for the moment this has understandably been put on hold.  However as the trips get scheduled again (hopefully!), the dates will be published below and she looks forward to returning to many of the locations she has been to over the past few years as well as some new ones. In the meantime we hope all our families and friends are staying safe across the 40+ countries that our students usually come from.

If you would like her to visit your school or you would like arrange a meeting to talk about the Summer School during any of these future trips please contact giss@gordonstoun.org.uk

1. What age and nationality are the children?
From age 8 to 16 (inclusive) and students come from around 40 different countries each year. The course is suitable for both fluent English speakers as well as those learning English as a foreign language. We mix up nationalities, ages, boys & girls in activity groups to have a good international mix and to encourage English as the common language.

2. What is the timetable / what does a typical day look like?
At registration students choose a study subject, all other activities will be made into a group programme. A typical day includes study, sport, drama, music making, creative arts and confidence building skills. Students may choose ‘options’, perhaps 3 times during the course – ride a go-kart, quad bike or horse, go ice-skating, etc., All students take part in the sail/adventure part for 6 days.

3. Can we come for part of the course?
Students should attend for the full course, otherwise they will miss out on key parts of the programme and several of the classes & activities culminate in either performance or competition in the final weekend.

4. Who are the staff?
The staff is hand-picked by the director. The majority of our staff return for multiple summers (similar to the students!). Some are from Gordonstoun or have strong links with the main School over the years. All our staff are well qualified and have good experience of dealing with multi-cultural environments.

5. What does the course fee include?
No extra costs as the fee includes everything, apart from the flight cost to arrive at Aberdeen or Inverness airports and pocket money, at parents’ discretion. House parents will look after pocket money during the course.

6. What is the accommodation?
All our houses are different. Most rooms are single, but there are a few which can be shared by 2 and some by up to 4. If you have a special request, we will do our best. Washing facilities are not en-suite.

7. What clothing should we bring?
Most of the time casual sporty type clothing is perfect. For the course photograph and final presentation dinner, we ask students to be well dressed – trousers, shirt & tie for boys; dress, skirt & top or smart trousers for girls. A suggested list of clothing to pack is enclosed with the administrative forms after registration. We provide all specialist sports equipment.

8. What food/meal service is provided?
Our dining room serves a wide range of nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all self-service. We can cater for most special dietary requirements – please advise in advance.

9. Do you have on-site medical facilities?
Yes, our Healthcare Centre on campus is staffed 24/7. A doctor is on call. Any medical treatment is done under the UK National Health service – school insurance will cover all except repatriation. We have an excellent local hospital 15 minutes from school. We advise normal travel insurance in case of any flight problems or lost luggage.

10. What is the technology policy?
Students may bring mobile phones with them but we will not issue WiFi codes for personal devices. Our recreation room has laptops with WiFi where students may Skype, etc., with parents. Mobile phone signal is not good in parts of the campus. Please do not bring tablets or laptops. We will issue contact telephone numbers for accommodation houses and house staff before arrival

11. What will the weather be like?
I wish we knew! There is no pattern to the weather in Scotland and we can experience several different conditions in one day. We hope for temperatures between 18ºC and 25ºC, without much rain.


LOSSIEMOUTH (approx. 3 miles east from Gordonstoun, 5 minute drive)

Norland Guest House

(0) 1343 813570

Bed & Breakfast

Email: enquiries@norlandbandb.com


Links Lodge Guest House

(0) 1343 813815

John & Angela – Bed & Breakfast

Email: info@linkslodge.co.uk


ALVES (10 minute drive from Gordonstoun)

Ardgye House

(0) 1343 850 618

Stylish house in private grounds set back from main Elgin to Forres road, 4 miles northwest of school.


For those with their own car

Trochelhill Country House, Fochabers

(0) 1343 821267

Ian and Dian Ferguson, Bed and Breakfast 20 minute drive east of school.


Self Catering

Gordon Castle, Fochabers

(0)1343 820244

Stay in the Castle or in a variety of estate cottages 20 minutes drive from school.

Email: admin@gleco.co.uk


The Gardeners Cottage

07786 111100

Charming 3 bed cottage (sleeps 5) overlooking a beautiful walled garden within the grounds of Glebe House, Urquhart. 20minute drive from Gordonstoun

Please contact Melanie Collett on or mel.collett2015@outlook.com

ELGIN (approx. 6 miles south from Gordonstoun, 10 minute drive)

Mansefield House Hotel

(0) 1343 540883

4* business hotel in town

email: reception@mansefieldhotel.com


ROTHES (14 miles south of Gordonstoun, 25 minute drive)
The Station Hotel (0) 1340 832 200

4* newly refurbished small hotel, whisky bar, good restaurant

Email: info@stationhotelspeyside.com


CRAIGELLACHIE (approx. 16 miles south from Gordonstoun, 30 minute drive)
Craigellachie Hotel (0) 1340 881204

4* Country House hotel on the banks of the River Spey. Newly refurbished.


FORRES (approx.12 miles west from Gordonstoun, 20 minute drive)
Cluny Bank Hotel & Franklins Restaurant
(0) 1309 674304

4* Hotel & good restaurant in quiet part of town


AULDEARN (25 miles west, 30 minute drive between Forres & Nairn)
Boath House, Auldearn (0) 1667 454896

Hotel & restaurant in beautiful grounds with Aveda spa facilities.


NAIRN (28 miles west, 40 minute drive, en-route to Inverness Airport)
Invernairn Guest House (0) 1667 452039

Luxury guest house owned by an “Old Gordonstounian”


INVERNESS (approx. 35 miles west from Gordonstoun, takes about 1 hour to drive from the city centre)
Rocpool Reserve & Chez Roux Restaurant
(0) 1463 717 274

5* ‘boutique’ style hotel in the city centre.


Loch Ness Hotel at Dunain Park (0) 1463 230 512

4*, 2 miles southwest from town toward Loch Ness


Glenmoriston Town House Hotel (0) 1463 273 777

4*, on the banks of the River Ness, city centre


Bunchrew House Hotel (0) 1463 234 917

4*, approx’ 4 miles north from town centre; views over Moray Firth.


Kingsmills Hotel (0) 1463 257 100

4* historic hotel with some contemporary style. Centre


Culloden House Hotel (0) 1463 790461

4* luxury country house hotel, 4 miles from town


  Bed & Breakfast  
Loch Ness Lodge (0) 1456 459 469

lovely setting looking down toward Loch Ness. Approx’ 20 minutes west of Inverness


  Self Catering Apartments  

No. 41 Town House

Highland Apartments by Manley

Inverness City Suites

All city centre, available to book via www.booking.com
ABERDEEN AIRPORT (70 miles east of Gordonstoun. Allow 90 minutes to drive)
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel (0) 1224 770 011 www.marriott.com
Crowne Plaza (0) 1224 608 350 www.cpaberdeen.com
Hampton by Hilton (0) 1224 984 584  
ABERDEEN & surrounding area
Marcliffe of Pitfodels (0) 1224 861 000

5* hotel, 20 minutes from the airport.


IX The Chester Hotel (0) 1224 327 777 5* small boutique hotel, city centre
Malmaison (0) 8446 930 649

4*, city centre


MacLeod House & Lodge Hotel (0) 1358 743 300

5* on Donald Trump’s new golf resort just north of Aberdeen


Thainstone House Hotel, Inverurie (0) 1467 621 643

4*, 10.5 miles west of airport.


ROYAL DEESIDE – area to south of Aberdeen Airport, Scottish home of the Royal Family. (allow at least 90 minutes to drive – some small roads)
Hilton Craigendarroch, Ballater (0) 1339 755 858

4* Country Club in excellent setting with all sports and health facilities & good restaurant


Raemoir Hotel, Banchory (0) 1330 824 884

4* Mansion house hotel set in lovely grounds



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A chance to learn new lifetime skills, have fun & make new friends

Read what past students think about the courses…

It was fun and going to the adventure centre and jumping from the rocks was so exciting and it was the best experience. The drama lessons were so fun. Sports lessons were fun too. Everyone here was so nice.

Lila, from Turkey

GISS is such a good place to go in the summer and it is such a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

Rachel, from China

It is extreme fun, we even live in a yacht!

Wilfred, from Hong Kong

Great experience, you should come here. I made a huge improvement in English.

Henri, from France

It was an amazing time and I enjoyed every minute and met amazing people. I would recommend it.

Alisa, from the UK

I have done activities I never would have thought I could do, learnt a great deal not only about myself, but about other people and their cultures, and overall had a ball.

Ava, from Australia