Morningside is famous for being one of the most affluent areas in Edinburgh and is one of the top 10 places to live in Scotland (as voted by the Sunday Times). This really is a must-see area if you are planning on moving to the capital.
Situated in the south of Edinburgh, 2-3 miles from the city centre, Morningside enjoys a small town feel. It’s the perfect location for families and professionals looking for a balance of city life and small town living.
Like most of south Edinburgh, Morningside was built on the Burgh Muir, part of the hunting Forest of Drumselch. The land was gifted to the royal burgh of Edinburgh by David 1st of Scotland in the 12th century. The area developed, with dwelling-houses, malt-barns, and cowbills built in the 15th Century.
A number of streets in Morningside take their names from the bible such as Jordan Lane, Nile Grove, Cuddy Lane & Eden Lane.
There are many well-known landmarks here, for example the Morningside Clock and the Edwardian Morningside library. The Eric Liddell Centre and the Church Hill Theatre are also situated within the heart of Morningside.
The area has been home to some of Scotland’s most famous writers including Ian Rankin, Muriel Spark and J.K. Rowling. Not to mention the fictional character of Morningside Maisie.
Morningside features a range of property types, for example Victorian tenement flats, villas, art deco buildings and new developments.
FOOD, DRINK AND OTHER AMENITIES
The area has a wonderful cosmopolitan feel, offering specialist shops and boutiques, newsagents, plus banking and postal services.
Waitrose supermarket and Marks and Spencer’s Food are located on Morningside Road itself. More extensive shopping can be found a short drive away at Cameron Toll Shopping Centre, as well as Straiton Retail Park. Alternatively, why not head into the city centre, where one can find a variety of high street stores and designer outlets.
The Canny Man’s Pub, founded in 1871, is great for pub grub and its renowned Bloody Mary’s. The Hermitage is ideal for those looking for some live music or a pub quiz.
Morningside offers a number of prestigious primary and secondary schools (in both the state and private sector). Many Edinburgh Napier University campuses are within a short walk of Morningside Road. The University of Edinburgh, King’s Buildings and Old College are also close by.
There are a number of leisure pursuits; Hillend dry ski slope is within easy reach, as are a number of golf courses and plenty local parks. Pleasant walks can be taken on Blackford Hill, along the Hermitage of Braid or Braid Burn.
If you want to catch up on the latest movie, head to the Dominion Cinema – one of the last few independent and family-run cinemas in Scotland.
Regular bus services run day and night into the city centre. By travelling south one can connect with the City Bypass and motorway network beyond.