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Human Saltire at the Scotland v England 6 Nations 2008 match, Murrayfield Stadium

This article covers the outlying areas of Edinburgh to the west of Haymarket Railway Station and Granton Harbour, and north of Lanark Road.

Get in[edit]

By Rail[edit]

Trains from the north, west and south-west will stop at Haymarket station. Trains from Fife stop at South Gyle station. Local trains serving Edinburgh from the west of Scotland (other than those from Glasgow) will stop at Edinburgh Park Station. There are also stations at Slateford, Kingsknowe, Wester Hailes and Curriehill served by trains on the Edinburgh - Glasgow Central line.

By Bus[edit]

Lothian Buses [1] have a comprehensive service throughout the west of the city. Many services depart Princes Street in the New Town.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Murrayfield Stadium, +44 131 346-5100, [2]. The home of Scottish rugby and a most impressive stadium. The highlight of the season is the 6 Nations Championship [3] - effectively the European Championship of rugby, taking place every February and March between Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy and England. The teams play each other once per year, and alternate home and away games. In odd-numbered years, Scotland host Wales, Ireland and Italy at Murrayfield, with England and France visiting in even-numbered years. On the weekend of a home match, Edinburgh is absolutely full to bursting, and the atmosphere is like nothing else, especially if Wales or Ireland are in town. It can be easier to obtain tickets for the Autumn Test series, generally 3 matches in October and November against southern hemisphere or "non-6 Nations" European opposition. Another Murrayfield highlight is the Edinburgh Sevens Rugby Festival [4], the final event in the IRB Sevens World Series, an annual circuit featuring national teams in rugby sevens, a variant of rugby union with 7 players per side instead of 15. The Edinburgh Sevens is held over one weekend, typically at the end of May. On non match days, stadium tours are available (must be booked 48 hours in advance). Match tickets from £15-£60. Stadium Tours £6 adults, £3.50 conc.  edit
Penguin Parade
  • Edinburgh Zoo, Corstophine Road (Catch Lothian Buses 12, 26, 31, X48 or Airlink 100), +44 131 334-9171, [5]. Apr-Sep 9am-6pm; Oct & Mar 9AM-5PM; Nov-Feb 9AM-4:30PM. Watch the world famous Penguin Parade, and visit the acclaimed new (2008) Budongo Trail Chimpanzee attraction. The only koalas in the UK are here, and there are some beautiful tropical birds. £11.50 Adults, £8.00 children (Under 3s go free), £10 concessions. Family and Group discounts available.  edit
  • Lauriston Castle, Cramond Road South, Davidson's Mains, +44 131 336-2060, [6]. Apr to Oct: Sat - Thur, Guided tours at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Nov to Mar: Sat & Sun only, Guided tours at 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm. This 16th Century tower house was extended in the 1820s and left to the nation by its last private owners in the early 20th Century. It is now owned and managed by Edinburgh city council. The house has been occupied over the years by many notable figures. The gardens are open daily from 9am until dusk and are particularly notable for the croquet lawn. £5/£3. Family Ticket (up to 2 adults & 3 under 16's) £12.50.  edit


  • Suntrap Garden, 43 Gogarbank, Edinburgh EH12 9BY, +44 131 339-7283, [7]. 1000 - 1600, Mo-Fr only. The Suntrap Garden is a three-acre garden comprising of many gardens within a single garden, including Italian, Rock, Peat and Woodland. Adults £1; Children free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Murrayfield Ice Rink, Riversdale Crescent (Next to Murrayfield Stadium), +44 131 337 6933 (curling +44 131 337 4242) (), [8]. Popular ice-rink, hours vary daily. Regular leisure skating sessions, plus ice-discos on Friday and Saturday nights very popular with local teens. Both Leisure skating and ice-hockey tuition available. Plays host to the Edinburgh Capitals ice hockey team, plus a curling club on a separate rink. admission: £3.50-£4, Skate Hire £1-£1.50.  edit
  • Corstorphine Hill (Local Nature Reserve), [9]. Low wooded hill, lying between Corstorphine Road and Queensferry Road. Popular with walkers and joggers (and sledging in the winter!). Don't be afraid if you hear exotic animal sounds, especially on the southern slopes - the zoo has firm fencing in place! The tower near the top is dedicated to Sir Walter Scott (as if his Gothic Rocket on Princes Street wasn't enough...).  edit
  • Cramond. Catch the No. 41 bus to this pretty seaside village (now absorbed into the city). Archeological evidence suggests that Cramond is actually older than Edinburgh itself, having been inhabited since around 8500BC. Its location where the River Almond flows into the Firth of Forth meant it was strategically important, and the Romans had a fort here, the remains of which can still be seen. There are several options for waterside walking, with a path along the wooded Almond riverbank to the south, a seafront promenade along the Forth to the east, and a causeway across the Firth of Forth to Cramond Island (check the noticeboard re: tide times before crossing!). It used to be possible to walk to the west across the Dalmeny Estate towards South Queensferry, but the ferry across the River Almond stopped running when the boatman found a Roman statue of a lioness buried in the muddy riverbed, and retired on the monetary reward (you can see the impressive statue in the National Museum of Scotland). Once you've done walking around admiring the sights, enjoy a well-earned refreshment in the welcoming Cramond Inn or Cramond Tearooms.
  • Walk or cycle along the Water of Leith Walkway[10]. The route follows the river right through the City from the suburb of Balerno, on the edge of the Pentland Hills, to the sea at Leith. The walkway is indicated by brown direction signs featuring a water wheel logo. There are brown trout plus a dozen other species of fish in the river and birds including the grey heron, goosander, dipper and kingfisher can be seen along the banks.
  • Fishing (Angling) on the Water of Leith. Permits are required, and can be obtained free of charge from the City Council[11] offices at Waverley Market in the New Town and Cockburn Street in the Old Town. Most fishing tackle shops throughout the city can also provide permits.
  • Take in a football game at Heart of Midlothian F.C.'s [12] (generally known as simply "Hearts") Tynecastle Stadium (Gorgie Road). The team play in the Scottish Premier League and games are generally 3pm on a Saturday but check on line or local press for fixture details.
  • Take in a match of the city's professional rugby team, Edinburgh Rugby, at Murrayfield. The team play in the Magners League, which currently features 10 teams from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, and may expand in 2010 to include Italian teams; and also in the Heineken Cup, the top Europe-wide club competition (equivalent to the UEFA Champions League in football or the Euroleague in basketball).

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Corstorphine has an assortment of chain and independent shops on St John's Road. Near this is a large Tesco (24hr supermarket) on Meadow Place Road, behind PC World.
  • Gyle Shopping Centre, South Gyle Broadway, EH12 9JY [13]. An indoor shopping centre with Marks and Spencer and Morrisons as the anchor stores, and about 50 shops. Located at the Western edge of the city, near the Gogar roundabout.
  • Country Life Edinburgh, 229 Balgreen Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2RZ (At the corner of Gorgie road and Balgreen roads), +44 131 337 6230, [14]. Fishing gear and clothing. Friendly helpful service, advice given from fishing enthusiasts who are knowledgeable, pleasant and cheerful. Truly a pleasant shopping experience. And they go beyond the call of duty too, if it is needed. (55.933912,-3.245199) edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • First Coast, 99-101 Dalry Road, +44 131 313 4404 (), [15]. Popular neighbourhood bistro  edit
  • Cramond Brig, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh (Right on the edge of the city, just before the A90 to South Queensferry becomes a dual carriageway), +44 131 339 4350, [16]. Decent quality gastro-pub type establishment upstairs, and a dedicated family restaurant downstairs. Popular meeting spot due to good road connections and plentiful parking. Work off your lunch by following the River Almond walkway upstream through the Cammo estate, or downstream to the Firth of Forth at Cramond Village.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Murrayfield Bar, 57-59 Roseburn Terrace, Murrayfield, +44 131 337 1574 (, fax: +44 131 347 8714), [17]. full food menu available 11AM - 10PM daily. Friendly pub close to Murrayfield Stadium. Decent pub grub menu including breakfasts. As you would imagine in this location, it's a popular place for watching televised sport.  edit
  • The Cramond Inn, 30 Cramond Glebe Road, Cramond Village, +44 131 336 2035. Food served: Mon–Thu 12PM–8:45PM; Fri/Sat noon–9:45PM; Sun 12:30PM-6PM. Bar open: Mon–Thu 11AM–11PM; Fri/Sat 11AM–midnight; Sun 12:30PM–11PM. Traditional village pub in this traditional village turned city suburb. This is a northern outpost of Yorkshire's Samuel Smiths Brewery, and serves only in-house drinks - no branded beers at all, and even the cola and lemonade are own-brand. You won't mind missing out on Guinness or Stella when you see the prices though - generally less than £2 a pint which is almost unheard of in Edinburgh. Sunny (or even non-rainy) weekends bring the crowds, and service sometimes suffers as a result. Tables outside for al-fresco drinking but food service is indoors-only.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hostels[edit]

  • The Globetrotter Inn Edinburgh, 46 Marine Drive, Cramond Foreshore, EH4 5EP (15 minutes drive from the City Centre and 15 minutes drive from Edinburgh International Airport. Shuttle bus that leaves from Waterloo Place, stand B. This bus leaves from 7AM-Noon on the hour, then 5PM to 11PM on the hour.), +44 131 336 1030, [18]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. A laid back, clean, comfortable and secure hostel with a bar. Custom designed beds for a comfortable night's sleep. Each bed with reading light, privacy curtain and shelf. £8-70. (37.0625,-95.677068) edit

Bed and Breakfast[edit]

  • The Lodge, 35 Glasgow Road [19]. A lovely family-run B&B on the outskirts of the city center with excellent transport links. Very reasonable rates starting from £25 pppn.

Mid-Range[edit]

  • Self Catering Victorian Villa, Murrayfield, West of Princes St, tel +44 131 313 1472 [20]. Victorian House with garden and conservatory available for short term holiday rentals. From £99 per night.
  • Holiday Inn Edinburgh, 132 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6UA, 0871 942 9026, [21]. Located in Edinburgh City Centre, the hotel has a restaurant and is near popular attractions such as Edinburgh Zoo.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West, 107 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3HL, 0871 942 9025, [22]. Located only 1.5 miles from Edinburgh's bustling city centre and has an amazing view over the world famous Edinburgh Castle.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Dunstane House Hotel, 4 West Coates, Haymarket, Edinburgh, EH12 5JQ, tel: +44 131 337 6169 [23]. The hotel offers all the comfort and elegance of a Scottish country house. The same people run the Dunstane City Hotel across the road.
  • Novotel Edinburgh Park, 15 Lochside Avenue, Edinburgh EH12 9DJ, +44 131 446 5600, [24]. Not the most inspiring of locations, but very convenient adjacent to the City Bypass for road trips around the rest of Scotland and right next to Edinburgh Park Station for speedy transport to the city centre. Just a few minutes from the airport. Pool, gym, steam room, restaurant. Brand new (2008).  edit

Contact[edit]

Internet[edit]

  • Corstorphine Library, 12 Kirk Loan, Corstorphine, +44 131 529 5506 (, fax: +44 131 529 5508). PCs with free internet access..  edit
  • Balgreen Library, 173 Balgreen Road, +44 131 529 5585 (, fax: +44 131 529 5583). Mon and Wed 1PM - 8PM; Tue, Thu and Fri 10AM - 5PM; Sat 9AM - 1PM. PCs with free internet access..  edit
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