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Edinburgh Area Guide

A guide to the areas in central Edinburgh and the type of Edinburgh accommodation found within those areas.


About Edinburgh Area Guide

A guide to the areas in central Edinburgh and the type of Edinburgh accommodation found within those areas.

  • Abbeyhill

    Abbeyhill is one of the oldest areas of Edinburgh and just ten minutes walk from the city centre.

  • Broughton

    A stone's throw from Edinburgh Waverley train station and Edinburgh bus station, Broughton is one of Edinburgh's oldest yet most central and vibrant areas

  • Bruntsfield

    A well-heeled suburb twenty minutes walk or a short bus ride from Edinburgh city centre. It is well-known for being home to James Gillespie's High School, the inspiration for Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, but this attractive area has much else to recommend it.

  • Calton Hill

    Calton Hill forms part of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site as well as its iconic skyline. Climb to the top in minutes and soak in views of the whole of Edinburgh including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Park, Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament, Arthur's Seat, Salisbury Crags and Princes Street.

  • Comely Bank

    Dating back to 1817 when it was just a row of terraced houses, Comely Bank is a quiet residential suburb just a fifteen minute walk from the city's West End.

  • Dalry

    A popular residential area just ten minutes walk from Edinburgh city centre, the West End and Haymarket rail station.

  • Dean Village

    Part of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site and just five minutes walk from Princes Street and the centre of Edinburgh.

  • Fountainbridge

    Just a five to ten minute walk from Fountainbridge takes you into the West End of Edinburgh, or in the other direction to attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and the Grassmarket.

  • Grassmarket

    When it comes to historical Edinburgh you can't get much more central than Grassmarket, part of the city's World Heritage Site.

  • Haymarket

    A mere five minutes from the West End and centre of Edinburgh, Haymarket is a perfect central point for exploring the city as well as a gateway to the rest of Scotland.

  • Holyrood

    Holyrood forms part of central Edinburgh and the Old Town. It is within easy access to bus and Edinburgh Waverley train station which links Edinburgh to the rest of Scotland and the U.K.

  • Inverleith

    A well-heeled suburb on the northern fringes of the city, Inverleith is home to some of the most desirable property in Edinburgh.

  • Leith

    Dating back to the 12th century and more recently immortalised in The Proclaimers song, Sunshine on Leith, Leith is a vibrant suburb, which at one time was a separate municipal burgh from the rest of Edinburgh.

  • Marchmont

    A desirable residential area twenty minutes walk, or a short bus ride, from Edinburgh city centre.

  • Merchiston

    One of Edinburgh's most desirable suburbs, this quiet residential area is the home of author Ian Rankin and former home of J.K Rowling.

  • Morningside

    One of Edinburgh's most desirable suburbs, Morningside lies to the south-west of the city and is bordered by Bruntsfield and Merchiston. The main thoroughfare has many speciality shops, cafes and restaurants as well as some chain supermarkets.

  • New Town

    Don't let the name fool you, Edinburgh's New Town dates back to the 1700s. Set in an ordered grid, sandstone buildings, some with Grecian pillars, line cobbled streets in this central World Heritage Site. The Georgian and neo-classical buildings of the New Town are some of the most stunning architecture the city has to offer.

  • Newington

    A fifteen minute walk south of the city centre and Royal Mile, formerly rural Newington was separate from Edinburgh until the building of the South Bridge in 1788. Nowadays, its proximity to Edinburgh University makes this suburb vibrant and popular with students.

  • Old Town

    The very centre and the oldest part of Edinburgh, and there is no shortage of things to see and do here.

  • Polwarth

    A quiet residential area with close proximity to Bruntsfield and its eclectic range of shops cafes and restaurants.

  • Portobello

    Just three miles east of the city centre is Edinburgh's seaside suburb, Portobello, with two miles of golden sand and walk along promenade. Summer days see visitors and locals flock here to swim, play and relax.

  • Stockbridge

    One of Edinburgh's most desirable suburbs, bordered by the New Town and Comely Bank, Stockbridge has plenty to offer the visitor.

  • The Meadows

    Running from Bruntsfield to Marchmont, The Meadows is an expansive open park with many tree-lined paths upon which one can cycle or walk.

  • Tollcross

    A lively area, just a short walk from Edinburgh city centre. It is home to a selection of contemporary bars as well as traditional pubs and a couple of nightclubs. Caffeine lovers won't be short of coffee shops and, there is a variety of affordable cuisine from different corners of the globe.

  • Trinity

    A hidden gem in Edinburgh's north, Trinity is a well-heeled suburb a short bus ride from the city centre.

  • West End

    A few moments away from Princes Street and it can feel like you are in another world altogether as you step into Edinburgh's West End.

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