In Edinburgh, centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in an unforgettable setting. Edinburgh city is the happiest of the 10 largest cities in UK and is home to a population of nearly 500,000 and approximately 1.6 million regionally. 97% of residents are satisfied with Edinburgh as a place to live, making it one of the best places to live in the UK.
Living locally in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has been widely recognised as the UK’s best city to live in. It has one of the UK’s lowest crime rates, low petrol and energy prices and affordable living verses average salaries.
With awe inspiring architecture and beautiful natural landscape, it’s the perfect city in which to find somewhere to call home.
It has one of the best universities in the world and in terms of atmosphere and desirability it beats off competition from all of the UK’s major cities. For culture seekers, there are many art institutions, historical attractions and museums, including Palace of Holyrood House, Her Majesty the Queen’s official Scottish residence, the imposing edifice of Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum on the Mound, the National War Museum and the Museum of Edinburgh. Other attractions include the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Zoo, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the many theatres and concert venues. It’s also famous for the annual Fringe Festival, Film Festival, Jazz & Blues Festival, International Festival and Hogmanay celebrations.
Edinburgh city centre has incredible shops and world-renowned restaurants including several with Michelin stars.
Golf enthusiasts will be within easy reach of over 50 courses in the south east of Scotland, and if you love escaping to the country, getting some sea air or taking a leisurely ramble you can escape to the nearby Lothians.
The areas we cover
Balerno is eight miles west of Edinburgh city centre, and offers instant access to the Pentland Hills Regional Park.
This established community enjoys a good selection of convenience shopping, with further facilities at the nearby Gyle Centre. Schooling is well represented from nursery through to senior level – the property falls within the catchment area for the much respected Balerno Community High School.
Heriot Watt University’s Riccarton campus is also in the neighbourhood. Balerno is ideal for walking and cycling and is well-served by regular bus services. In addition, Curriehill Station affords direct rail access to the city centre and Glasgow.
The nearby Edinburgh City Bypass connects to the M8/M9, M90 and the new Queensferry Crossing. Edinburgh International Airport is also a short distance away.
Illieston Castle Steadings is located to the east of Broxburn in close proximity to the town; a few miles from Edinburgh and central Scotland’s main travel network as well as Edinburgh Airport which is four miles away.
There is a selection of local shops, a post office, banks, restaurants and recreational facilities including a gym and swimming pool. Leisure memberships are also available at the nearby Norton House Hotel (approx. 3 miles away) and the Houston House Hotel in nearby Uphall.
The steadings are also well located for walks along the banks of the river Almond, the Union Canal or through the Almondell and Calderwood Country Park. An excellent bus service links the town of Broxburn with Edinburgh and the surrounding districts. A railway station in nearby Uphall provides regular access to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
A variety of shopping outlets can be found at the Gyle centre, approx. 5 miles away, with Marks and Spencer, Morrison’s supermarket and several other well-known retailers. There is also access from the Gyle shopping centre to the tram into Edinburgh city centre. For further shopping choices, there is a Tesco superstore in South Queensferry and at Hermiston Gait Retail Park which are both easily accessible from the Steadings, whilst the nearby town of Livingston also boasts extensive shopping and leisure facilities including a designer outlet centre and multi-screen cinema. Edinburgh city centre is only 11 miles away, offering everything you would expect of Scotland’s vibrant capital city.
Bruntsfield is one of Edinburgh’s most sought after residential districts and lies approximately two miles to the south of Edinburgh city centre.
The area offers a wide range independent and well known retailers including Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Sainbury’s Local, Scotmid and Tesco as well as the privately owned Dominion Cinema, Kings Theatre and an excellent choice of restaurants, cafés and bars.
The Meadows, Union Canal, Hermitage of Braid, Blackford Hill and Braidburn Park are all superb recreational areas and the extensive Pentland Hills Country Park is situated nearby at Hillend, also home to a dry ski-slope.
The area has many fine golf courses including The Merchants, Mortonhall and the Braid Hills Golf Centre. Bruntsfield Links is in close proximity and ideal for dog walks and barbecues. The city centre is easily accessible by car or by an excellent bus service. A short drive south takes you to the Edinburgh city bypass offering rapid access to Straiton Retail Park, The Gyle and Gogarburn, Edinburgh International Airport and the M8 and M9 Motorways. Haymarket train station is only a short walk away.
Corstorphine is an extremely sought after district with access to many local amenities, the city centre and beyond. There is specialist shopping available at the Gyle shopping centre with excellent public transport links and the bypass in easy reach to connect to all the major road networks and Edinburgh International Airport.
There is an excellent selection of schooling available locally from nursery up to secondary level.
Leisure activities are close by from Edinburgh Zoo to David Lloyd Leisure Centre and a variety of walks enjoyed at Cramond.
The exclusive area of Cramond is 20-minute drive from the City Centre and has an excellent selection of local shops and supermarkets nearby. The Gyle shopping centre is also a short drive away. There is a wide variety of leisure facilities including walks along the River Almond to the village of Cramond and its harbour with quaint whitewashed cottages and Cramond Beach promenade. There are further walks to Dalmeny, Hopetoun and South Queensferry, several excellent local golf courses including The Royal Burgess and Bruntsfield Links, and sailing at Cramond and South Queensferry.
Excellent schools in both the state and private sectors are easily accessible. Cramond has excellent road links to the city centre, the motorway network, and Edinburgh Airport.
East Calder is a popular village situated approximately 13 miles west of Edinburgh city centre and 35 miles east of Glasgow.
Within East Calder there are several supermarkets for everyday shopping, a post office, health centre, dentist, two churches, a village pub and newly built community centre with library. There are two village primary schools with secondary schooling provided in both Livingston and West Calder. Several Edinburgh independent schools also have coach services operating from the village.
As East Calder is close to the M8 and M9 motorways and also Edinburgh International Airport the location makes it ideal for commuting and travel. It is also within easy reach of both Uphall and Kirknewton rail stations and bus links to Edinburgh and Livingston. The town of Livingston is only 3 miles away and features one of the largest indoor shopping and leisure complexes in Scotland offering around 155 shops, Vue multiplex cinema, a gym, bars, restaurants and cafes catering for many recreational requirements.
Greenbank is an incredibly popular area to the south of the city centre. In nearby Morningside there is a variety of cafes, bars, restaurants, independent shops, boutiques, cinema, theatres and supermarkets available.
Braidburn Valley Park, The Hermitage of Braid Country Home & Estate Nature Reserve and Blackford Hill are close by for walking, cycling and views across Edinburgh. Schooling is well catered for in the area from nursery to secondary level in both the public and private sectors and Edinburgh Napier University is a short walk away.
Greenbank is well served by regular buses, and the proximity of the City Bypass makes commuting fast and convenient.
The small hamlet of Hermiston lies on the south west side of Edinburgh, around five and a half miles from Princes Street, close to Currie.
This convenient location allows easy access to the city by-pass and International Airport, together with the M8 and M9 motorway network. Heriot Watt University at Riccarton Campus is only minutes away, while the Business Park and Shopping Centre at the Gyle, Hermiston Gait Retail Park, and the RBS Headquarters at Gogarburn are all within comfortable driving distance.
Leisure facilities within easy striking distance include Ratho Park golf club and the Dalmahoy Country Club, Nuffield Gym is a short ten-minute drive away, and the many lovely walks within the Pentland Hills, which lie to the south. There is also a Tesco and B&Q only minutes away. Regular bus services are on hand nearby, with the added bonus of a rail link at Edinburgh Park Station, connecting with Edinburgh Business Park and Hermiston Gait.
Kirknewton is a quiet village with a historic stonebuilt village centre, and more recent modern developments on the peripheries.
Local shops, a post office, pub and takeaway are available on the high street, with further retail and supermarket shopping available in Livingston and on the western outskirts of Edinburgh, including Hermiston Gait and The Gyle.
There is a village park with a playground and leisure opportunities nearby include Dalmahoy, Ratho Park and Hatton Sports Club, whilst the area lends itself to country walks and other outdoor pursuits. The A71 and A70 provide good road links; Kirknewton has its own railway station for connection to Glasgow and Edinburgh; whilst a regular bus service operates to Livingston and Edinburgh from the village. There is the local Kirknewton primary school while the high school catchment is Balerno High School.
Marchmont is an affluent, predominantly residential area that sits around 1 mile south from the Old Town. The area was planned as a middle class residential tenements suburb and, due to it’s proximity to the city centre, remains a highly desirable place to live.
Marchmont has the convenience of various local amenities and shops. The local James Gillespie High School has seen a recent rebuild and modernisation, being named the top Scottish state school by The Sunday Times Schools Guide in 2015.
On the edge of the City Centre the area is within easy reach of the main shopping on Princes Street, with its countless bars and restaurants. Marchmont overlooks the Meadows, a large public park with year round activities and festivals and is walking distance to Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh University. Our favourite thing to do in the Clyde office is to play the Bruntsfield Links Pitch and Putt and then pop into the Golf Tavern for a well-earned pint!
One of Edinburgh's most desirable residential areas, Morningside is in the south west of the city, around 2.6 miles (4 km) from the city centre, comprising of Victorian era terraces and detached and semi-detached villas.
The area is served by a number of bus routes and amenities include Morningside Library, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer food halls, with local primary schools Morningside Primary and Saint Peter’s RC.
There are lots of independent local businesses including shops, cafes, bars and restaurants - personal favourites of the Clyde branch include Salt Cafe and Montpeliers! It’s just a short walk to Bruntsfield Links and Braid Hills and a short drive south to the City Bypass with the Pentland Hills and the Ski Centre just beyond.
The former independent fishing village of Newhaven is now incorporated into the city but retains the charm and beauty of its shorefront location. The little fishing harbour is literally a stone’s throw away and is now a popular destination for tourists and discerning diners alike.
The village is well positioned for access to first class amenities serving the local community’s daily requirements together with the more established attractions of The Royal Yacht Britannia, Ocean Terminal shopping and cinema complex and the Scottish Office. Newhaven and neighbouring Leith offer an abundance of popular bars and restaurants and have become extremely fashionable over recent years, with luxury developments bringing a new environment and lifestyle to the area. A David Lloyd gym and leisure centre is also in close proximity. The village is well served by public transport links into the City Centre and it is approx. 40-minute walk away. Princes Street can also be accessed via direct cycle paths from the property in approx. 20 minutes. Newhaven Main Street is very handily located for local schools including Trinity Academy.
The thriving towns of Penicuik and Peebles offer a sought-after country lifestyle with all the advantages of city living. The bustling town centres are home to a selection of high street stores and independent retailers; various cafés, pubs and restaurants, libraries and a choice of major supermarkets. Penicuik is served by five primary schools and two high schools, and is ideally situated for some of the finest independent schools in the country. It is also a ten minute drive to the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus which includes the Roslin Institute and Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies. Thanks to its southerly location Penicuik allows swift and easy access to Edinburgh City Bypass, Edinburgh Airport and the M8/M9 networks. The town also enjoys excellent public transport links into the city centre including express commuter services.
South Queensferry is ideally situated for commuting to Edinburgh, Fife and the Central Belt with easy access to the A90, M9 and M8 motorways.
The town also benefits from a railway station providing regular local services between Edinburgh and Fife, as well as ample bus services.
There is a good choice of supermarkets as well as an increasing number of individual specialist shops. The historic High Street offers a fine selection of pubs and restaurants, and schooling, dental and medical facilities are well provided.
St. Andrews offers has a wide variety of independent boutiques, retail chains, hotels, restaurants and amenities. The town itself is renowned worldwide as the ‘Home of Golf’ and the Old Course is a regular host to the Open Championship.
St. Andrews University has established a reputation for excellence and is one of Europe’s leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research. Both the golf courses and the university are within easy reach of this property. Leuchars railway station is just four miles away and lies on the main Aberdeen to London line, with Edinburgh Airport lying 50 miles away.
Stockbridge, once an outlying village to Edinburgh, was incorporated into the city during the 19th century and sits as a suburb in the north of the city, bordered by New Town and Comely Bank. It is approximately 1.5 miles from the city centre, with convenient bus links to the centre of Edinburgh and across the city.
Stockbridge was once voted the best Scottish place to settle down in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain guide. It retains a village feel with bustling cobbled streets and classic architecture, boasting a number of bars, restaurants and independent shops. Stockbridge Primary School has lots of after school clubs on offer for kids.
The Water of Leith that runs through the area offers up beautiful walks, as does the nearby Inverleith Park and The Royal Botanic Gardens. You are also not far from The National Gallery of Modern Art and its world class collections, also set in beautiful parkland.
Tollcross is a vibrant area centred around one of the major road junctions to the south of the city centre, and lies close to the green spaces of Bruntsfield Links and The Meadows.
It is conveniently placed for the Haymarket Station, Grassmarket, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Quay, The Exchange and the Union Canal. Local amenities include a variety of concert halls and theatres, including the Usher Hall, King's Theatre, and Church Hill Theatre.
Retail outlets can be found on the bustling streets of Fountainbridge, Bruntsfield and Morningside, along with a range of restaurants, bars, bistros and cafes. All the attractions of Edinburgh city centre can be reached on foot, whilst highly frequent bus services are available nearby.
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Edinburgh branch testimonials
A very professional service from start to finish
We put our house up for sale just before lockdown. Lucy provided us with updates while she was working from home, and as soon as the Company permitted, she arranged viewings. We discussed the various offers with her, and she gave unbiased advice when we asked her for assistance with our decision-making. The house was sold at a very good price within weeks of the lockdown restrictions being lifted. Clyde Property provided a very professional service from start to finish. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to friends and family.
Their service from start to finish was excellent!
We were new to selling a property and the team at Clyde were amazing at guiding us through the process and explaining each step. Throughout lockdown Lucy and the team were really proactive in lining up viewings for us, and followed up with each viewer to provide us with realistic feedback. Their service from start to finish was excellent! I would highly recommend to anyone looking to sell a property.
Couldn’t recommend them more highly
Lucy and Stuart were incredibly knowledgeable, offered great advice and everything was done so efficiently that the process was really simple. We felt they had our best interests at heart. Couldn’t recommend them more highly.
We really felt we were valued clients
The Edinburgh sales team were excellent to work with throughout the whole process. The team was very professional at all stages from producing high quality sales materials, sourcing potential buyers, managing viewings and conducting negotiations. In addition their communication was outstanding. We really felt we were valued clients. Overall a positive experience.
Cannot recommend highly enough
We originally advertised our house through another "colourful" estate agents and with no offers in over 3 months (they were awful) we swapped to Clyde Property. It was like night and day the service we received. The marketing was swift and fantastic and I fully believe the video added greatly to this, communications were excellent which is so very important. Within 2 weeks we had received 3 offers all over the asking price and home report. Cannot recommend them highly enough. Thank you Clyde for making a very stressful process all the more bearable.
I have been a client of Clyde in Edinburgh and Glasgow for several years in letting two flats that I own. They always give professional advice, but also they are extremely helpful in the everyday issues that come up, very proactive and responsive. I have found that I can rely on them to sort out problems quickly and smoothly, and to give reliable guidance. For my most recent letting Rosie at the Edinburgh branch was outstanding.