Edinburgh area guide

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Blackford, Edinburgh, EH9

Location

Blackford is a residential part of Edinburgh, Scotland that lies in the south of the city - roughly 2-3 miles from the centre of town. Within close proximity to the Grange and Morningside, the area holds many Victorian and Edwardian properties and is also home to Blackford Hill and the Royal Observatory.

Transport

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Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, EH10

Location

Bruntsfield neighbours Morningside and is around a 20 minute walk to the city centre. With a whole range of local amenities, this part of the city is relatively affluent with the majority of housing in the form of high quality tenement apartments.

This is a popular area among students and young professionals and is close to the Napier University Campus.

This area is also served by Bruntsfeild Primary School and Boroughmuir High School. 

Transport

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Corstorphine, Edinburgh, EH12

Location

A 15 minute drive or 30 minute bus ride from the centre of Edinburgh, Corstorphine is in the west of Edinburgh - an ideal location for those working in or around the city.  Corstorphine is also home to Edinburgh Zoo - one of Edinburgh’s most popular visitor attractions.This area contains many independent small shops along with well-known chains including clothing stores, charity shops, toy stores and florists. There are also many options for food shopping including Tesco Extra, Sainsbury’s Local, Iceland, Co-operative Food and Spar.

Transport

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Dalry, Edinburgh, EH11

Dalry lies between Gorgie and Haymarket; just west of Edinburgh’s city centre and is less than 20 minutes to the city centre by foot or about 10 minutes if travelling by bus. There are a number of public transport options to choose from; Lothian Buses and First Buses operate several bus services through the area and Haymarket train station is only a short distance away. 

Dalry is a popular residential area and contains a mix of traditional tenement buildings and colonies (a terraced house where one floor has an entrance at one side, and the other floor has an entrance on the other side). There is a great range of restaurants and leisure facilities on offer including a swimming pool. There is also a wide variety of supermarkets to choose from including; a Sainsbury’s, Aldi, and Lidl. Fountain Park, a local cinema, bowling and gym complex is also within walking distance


The Grange, Edinburgh, EH9

Location

With Morningside to the west the Grange is a smaller suburb of Edinburgh suitably located just 1.5 miles from the city centre. A residential area filled with large Victorian style houses and with local independent amenities, it is one of the most expensive areas to live in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Transport

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Holyrood, Edinburgh, EH8

Location

Holyrood lies roughly 1-2 miles east of Edinburgh’s city centre and is part of the Old Town. The area holds many well-known buildings including the Scottish Parliament Building, Palace of Holyroodhouse (official residence of the Monarch), Holyrood Park – a scenic park with lovely views of Edinburgh and a popular area among walkers.

Holyrood is an extremely popular residential area and attracts a whole range of different people from different backgrounds i.e. professionals and students both find the area desirable and central.

Transport

Bus:
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Lothian buses

There is a Lothian Bus Shop located on Hanover Street and another shop located on Waverley Bridge.

Tram:
A service is currently in operation from York Place (next to Leith) through to Edinburgh Airport. View service.


Leith, Edinburgh, EH6

Location

Leith is located on the Firth of Forth shoreline and lies to the north of Edinburgh. Only a short distance from Edinburgh’s city centre you can follow Leith Walk up along the east end of Princes Street or walk along the Water of Leith Walkway along by the New Town to locations such as Comely Bank and Stock Bridge. Leith has a huge range of shopping opportunities on offer ranging from hardware stores to high-end fashion.


The area offers an array of dining and entertainment options including Ocean Terminal shopping centre offering a cinema, leisure facilities and a variety of shops and restaurants. There is also a number of independent stores in the area and access to multiple well known supermarkets including an Asda, Lidl, several Tesco’s stores, a Sainsbury’s Local and a Co-operative. There is good access to public transport with a range of bus and tram services operating in the area.

Bus:
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Lothian buses

Tram:
A service is currently in operation from York Place (next to Leith) through to Edinburgh Airport. View service.


Meadowbank, Edinburgh, EH7

Location

Meadowbank is a suburb of Scotland’s capital and lies east of the city centre and is home to Meadowbank Stadium. . The area neighbours Holyrood, is walking distance from the city centre and is a popular residential area with multiple transport options.

Transport

Bus, tram and train options are all within walking distance of the area.

Bus:
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Lothian buses 

Tram:

A service is currently in operation from York Place (next to Leith) through to Edinburgh Airport. View service


Marchmont, Edinburgh, EH9

Location

Marchmont is situated towards the south of the Old Town. Nearby you’ll find The Meadows, Bruntsfield and Morningside. Within walking distance from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh School of Art, Marchmont is a highly popular choice among students studying in and around Edinburgh. Marchmont has a great variety of shops ranging from hardware to florists with many in between. There are many clothing and children’s stores as well as arts and crafts stores and bicycle shops, whereas for food shopping there is a Co-Op, Bodrum Fine Foods and Capital Grocers.

Marchmont has a selection of restaurants serving seafood, Italian cuisine, Chinese food and British fare, along with several bars and pubs that have some excellent food options.

Transport

Bus:
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Lothian buses

There is a Lothian Bus Shop located on Hanover Street and another shop located on Waverley Bridge.


Morningside, Edinburgh, EH10

Location

Morningside is situated in the south west of Edinburgh and is close to Bruntsfield, Merchiston and Marchmont. It takes about 15 - 20 minutes to get to the city centre by public transport. Here is also where you’ll find the Morningside Clock, the famous Canny Man’s pub and the popular Dominion Cinema. Morningside has some great card and gift shops, arts and crafts stores and accessory boutiques; whilst hosting an array of charity shops and a post office. There are also some excellent food options with a family butchers and fishmongers, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer Simply Food and the always convenient Costcutter.

Here there are many restaurants ranging from Scottish menus to the best of European and Asian dining and a spread of great pubs for good informal food.

Transport

Bus:
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Lothian buses

There is a Lothian Bus Shop located on Hanover Street and another shop located on Waverley Bridge.


Newington, Edinburgh, EH9

Location

Newington is a very popular and central part of Edinburgh – situated just south of the City Centre and is within walking distance from Princess Street, the University of Edinburgh, the Royal Mile and Cameron Toll.  The area is also a good distance for commuting to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The South Bridge and the main road that continues on from it all the way to Minto Street, leads through Newington.
Newington adjoins Grange to the west, and Holyrood to the east.


Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3

Location

Stockbridge is situated towards the north of Edinburgh, beside the New Town and is roughly a 10-15 minute walk from the city centre. This is a perfect location for those who want to live close to the heart of the city. Stockbridge is also ideally situated close to the Western General Hospital and so is a great location to live for those working in or close to the hospital. Stockbridge has several jewellery and antiques shops along with vintage clothes and arts and crafts stores. It hosts many charity shops, clothing stores and bike shops along with bookshops and a florist’s. For food shopping there is a speciality cheese shop, a local butcher’s, a fishmonger and two Sainsbury’s stores.

There is an incredibly large variety of restaurants in this area ranging from British through Latin American to French, along with many takeaway places such as Indian, Chinese and excellent fish and chip shops.

Transport

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The New Town, Edinburgh, EH2

Location

The New Town lies beside the Old Town and is where you’ll find places such as Princes Street, George Street, Charlotte Square and Frederick Street. Within walking distance to the two train stations located in Edinburgh - Haymarket and Waverley - this is a great location for those who travel regularly by train. This part of the city contains the main shopping areas in Edinburgh. Princes Street has outlets for a significant proportion of the worldwide chains and is home to the Edinburgh institution that is Jenner’s Department Store. Multrees Walk hosts many designer shops whereas on George Street you’ll see many of the usual ‘high street’ shops. There are two malls here, the St. James Centre and the Princes Mall. There is also a Tesco Express, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer close by.

At the centre of Edinburgh, the New Town has an incredible array of choices of cuisine, and a plethora of elegant restaurants ranging from Spanish to Mexican. With many lounges and gastro pubs this area has dining options for every occasion and there is certain to be something here that will catch your eye.

Transport

Bus:
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Lothian buses

There is a Lothian Bus Shop located on Hanover Street and another shop located on Waverley Bridge.

Tram:
A service is currently in operation from York Place (next to Leith) through to Edinburgh Airport. View service.


The Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1

Location

The Old Town is situated in the heart of Edinburgh and is centred on the Royal Mile - perhaps one of Edinburgh’s most recognised streets - that begins at Edinburgh Castle and ends at Holyrood Palace. Shopping in The Old Town can be a great experience as there are hundreds of unique and vibrant shops ranging from high-end vintage clothing to some quirky second-hand book stores. There are independent toy shops, hat shops and comic book stores, in fact almost any kind of shop you can imagine. There is also a Tesco Metro and Sainsbury’s Local.

This area is at the very heart of Edinburgh so there is wide variety of dining option. Seafood, Japanese, Thai, Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, French; whichever way your tastes take you there is something here to slake your appetite.

Transport

Bus:
Multiple services run to and from the city centre including:
Lothian buses 
Airport buses 
First Buses 
There is a Lothian Bus Shop located on Hanover Street and another shop located on Waverley Bridge.

Train:
Waverley; MapTickets

Tram:
A service is currently in operation from York Place (next to Leith) through to Edinburgh Airport. View service.


 

The West End, Edinburgh, EH2

Location

A bustling area with a network of beautiful Georgian streets, the West End sits beside the New Town. The area is home to Edinburgh’s Financial District and is filled with cobbled streets lined with grand apartment buildings and offices.

It is often rare to find properties for sale in the area, making EH2 a popular area for investment and a desirable area for those who seek elegant city living accommodation.

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