VMH Area Focus: Corstorphine








The highly sought-after suburb of Corstorphine lies 3 miles west of Edinburgh city centre astride the main Edinburgh to Glasgow road. The area is fantastic for those looking to be close to the centre, but within a village setting. Thanks to Corstorphine’s transport links, it is perfect for families, traveling professionals and first time buyers alike.


Corstorphine was once a piece of dry land between two lochs: the Gogar Loch and Corstorphine Loch. Although both lochs have been drained, once upon a time you would have seen (from Edinburgh Castle) Corstorphine Loch stretch from the Water of Leith at Roseburn to Station Road.

Originally, Corstorphine was a village where people grew crops and kept cattle. It wasn’t part of Edinburgh until around 1920 and by 1939 it changed from a village to being part of a city.

The first known proprietors of Corstorphine were David and Thomas le Mareschall, joined later by William de la Roche during the reign of Alexander II (13th century). The estate remained in their possession until the reign of David II.

An important family in the area were the Lords Forresters, whose house can be seen on Corstorphine High Street. They also lived in a castle built c1390 located on what we now call Castle Avenue. Their name was given to many streets in the area and they founded a chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The chapel is connected to the parish church of Corstorphine – one of Scotland’s best-preserved late medieval parish churches.

When the Forresters left Corstorphine, the next owners did not live long in the castle because they had another house: Prestonfield Hotel. As such, the castle became a ruin. One building from the castle grounds remains: the dovecot, which the Forresters built to ensure they had fresh meat in the winter.

Fun fact: Did you know that Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy grew up in Corstorphine.


Properties here are extremely desirable due to their location, within easy reach of the city centre. Residents here also enjoy fantastic public transport, links out of the city and excellent schooling.

Some 100 years ago those who wanted to live in Corstorphine chose to build homes up the hillside on Clermiston Road. Between 1920 and 1939, more houses, named Hillview (Terrace, Crescent, Drive, and Road) were built. Then houses were built between the old village and the Broomhouse Farm and Carrick Knowe Farm. After 1945 more houses appeared on the hill slopes and the village was soon connected to Edinburgh.

A popular and thriving area, developers have always been keen to build in Corstorphine. The area is now a blend of traditional and modern properties.

Examples of properties in Corstorphine

Food & drink

Corstorphine High Street is fast becoming a place to be for trendy bars and foodie hot-spots.

For the socialite, wine connoisseur or those who love to tuck into some cheese and meat boards, make a reservation at Little Rascals. The little brother to Good Brothers Wine Bar in Stockbridge, Little Rascals is a must whether you are a resident or passing through.

The Torfin Bar, Grill & Restaurant is family friendly and offers fantastic weekday deals. With food ranging from good old fish & chips to tempura and fajitas, and drinks to suit all tastes, there is something for everyone.

Both Bon Tea and Mimi’s Bakehouse are great for sweet treats, catching up with friends and spending time with the kids.

The area is thriving with take-aways and fast food areas and no suburb would be complete without a well-known coffee house!

Things to do

We couldn’t mention Corstorphine without paying tribute to Edinburgh Zoo! Take the kids (or your partner!) along to say “hi” to the UK’s only giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang.

The aforementioned Corstorphine Old Parish Church, with its short tower and spire, makes for a perfect spot to capture some photos or enjoy a walk with your friends and family.

The most westerly of Edinburgh’s Seven Hills, Corstorphine Hill provides woodland walks and superb views over the city and across the Forth.

If its retail therapy you’re after, then head along to The Gyle. With everything from supermarkets, high street retails and eateries under one roof The Gyle is the perfect place to go on those rainy days!

Other Amenities

Schools within the Corstophine catchment area include Corstorphine Primary School and Craigmount High Street. With excellent transport links to hand, the area is also handy for anyone attending one of Edinburgh’s universities.

Bus routes in to Edinburgh include Lothian Bus numbers: 1, 12, 26 and 36. The Airport bus, Citylink bus from Glasgow, and the tram are also right on your doorstep! St John’s Road forms part of the A8 main road between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Tesco Extra lies on Meadow Place Road, just off Glasgow Road. Not just a huge supermarket, this Tesco Extra offers everything from deli counters to dentists! Additional supermarkets include Morrisons and M&S at The Gyle.

If Corstorphine sounds like the ideal property location for you then get it touch today! Likewise, if you’re looking to sell a property in Corstorphine, talk to a member of the VMH team.