Iain M


Iain M

I am Scottish, born in Perth 40 miles north of Edinburgh, although I was brought up in the State of Brunei in Borneo. My early life included a lot of travel which I still enjoy, and I have visited many parts of the world throughout my life.
I really enjoy teaching English which gives me the opportunity to meet people from around the world and to learn about their life and culture. Having students staying and learning with me is very much a shared experience and not only about me teaching grammar etc. By providing total immersion in English I hope to cover all of each learner’s needs and interests in a fun and interesting way.

Teacher pick-up from airport No pets at home Wifi available at home
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Location information

Location: Leith, Edinburgh | View a map of this location

Nearest airport with transfer cost: Edinburgh (EDI) £80

Nearest railway station: Edinburgh Waverley

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Academic information

I have been a musician all of my adult life while also working in a number of jobs, and I have now been teaching for 5 years. I have taught at private language schools, worked as a volunteer in Thailand with Burmese refugees and migrants, and now teach ‘homestay’ mainly to French Air Traffic Controllers and the Italian Military.

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 Family information

I live with my partner Karen who works for the Scottish Government, we have a daughter (1986) who works at Edinburgh Libraries, and a son (1992) who is studying at Glasgow University. Our daughter lives very close to us and visits regularly, and our son comes visits from Glasgow as often as he can.

We enjoy travelling abroad, camping trips around Scotland. We are about to buy our first camper van.
Other interests include hillwalking, cycling, reading, politics, film, music, eating out and cooking, we also practice yoga.
I still perform in local venues with a band and compose solo instrumental guitar pieces influenced by many different musical genres.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

We live in an upstairs terraced house over two floors, with two double bedrooms, a bathroom and separate shower, kitchen, dining room and study/music room. There is a small south-facing garden which is sheltered, and a real sun-trap when the skies are clear.

About the local area

We live in a quiet terraced street only 15 minutes bus ride from the city centre, but in the Leith area there is a lot to do, a local leisure centre with a gym and swimming pool, a large park near our house and many pubs and restaurants close-by. Portobello beach and the Royal Yacht Britannia are both about 25 minutes walk away.

Edinburgh is steeped in history, with a fairly small centre that you can easily walk around. The main attractions are Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish National Museum, many art galleries, underground ghost tours, the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament, and of course we host the largest arts festival in the world during August, plus the Winter Festival over Christmas and New Year. There is something to interest everyone.

Excursions you can take with your teacher

Edinburgh city centre – A walk around the main historical sites and an opportunity to help students get a feel of the city.

Cost: Free

Walk along the Water of Leith – Walking beside the river to Dean Village, a part of Edinburgh most visitors don’t see.

Cost: Free

Edinburgh Castle – A tour around Edinburgh Castle.

Cost: £16

Scottish National Museum – A visit to the museum will include Scottish history, technology, animals, the Orient. There really is so much to see.

Cost: Free

Pubs, restaurants and music venues – To enjoy the what the local nightlife has to offer.

Cost: Cost of drinks etc.