VMH Area Focus: Newhaven & Trinity

Lying between Leith and Granton in the Northern side of Edinburgh, Newhaven and Trinity are desirable locations in the city. The areas are ideal for families and professionals alike thanks to fantastic transport links, plus highly regarded schools.
History

In 1504 King James IV wanted to build a Scottish navy and required a large port for shipbuilding. As the Port of Leith was unsuitable for large warships, King James IV created “Newhavin” (meaning “new harbour”). Here, the custom-built port constructed the warship Michael (popularly called the “Great Michael”) in 1507-1511.

Newhaven HarbourThe site of the original harbour is the current open space at Fishmarket Square. At the entrance to the harbour is also a local landmark: a charming lighthouse. The once thriving Victorian fishmarket is now a smaller fishmarket, and also offers restaurants and Welch Fishmongers.

Victoria Primary School, established in the 1840s, is a historic building on Newhaven Main Street. This is the oldest local council primary school and is very popular, with many families moving to the area to be within catchment.

 

Trinity was named after Trinity House in Leith, which held these lands and had a large estate farm.

From 1821-1898 the Trinity Chain Pier was used by ferries (and latterly swimmers & bathers). The pier served to ferry traffic between Edinburgh and the smaller ports around the Firth of Forth. Although destroyed by a storm in 1898, the piers booking office (at the shore end) remained – its now a popular pub, the Old Chain Pier!

Trinity also plays host to one of the most historic schools in the city, Trinity Academy. Designed in 1891 by George Craig, a Leith architect, the school has since been extended to accommodate the growing number of children attending.

Property

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

Formerly a village and harbour on the Firth of Forth, Newhaven has a very distinctive building form. Lining quaint cobbled streets are Scottish fishing villages, with a forestair leading to first floor accommodation.

The area was redeveloped in the 1950s & 1960s, destroying much of Main Street. The north side rebuilt to replicate the traditional style. Examples of this include Great Michael Rise and Laverockbank Crescent designed by architect Basil Spence.

You will also find handsome Victorian villas towering over the village – perfect for families – and traditional tenement flats full of period features. Further modernisation includes the addition of sought-after apartments, such as those at Western Harbour.

Examples of properties in Newhaven

 

Thought of as a mansion house district, similar to The Grange, many of the 19th century homes were actually second homes for rich families and were treated as a “country retreat”.

A popular and thriving area, developers have always been keen to build in Trinity. The area is now a blend of traditional and modern properties. East Trinity Road offers properties ranging from traditional mansions, Victorian terraces and tenements, along with cottages and modern developments.

Whether you are a first time buyer, looking to up-size, or an investor, Newhaven and Trinity has something for everyone!

Examples of properties in Trinity

Food & Drink

Top restaurants in Newhaven include Loch Fyne and The Fishmarket, which also serves as an upmarket fish & chip shop. The aforementioned Old Chain Pier offers lovely delicious food and fantastic views Firth of Forth. Also not to be missed is Port Fi, Basils and Milk at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. The Herringbone and Mr Eion in trinity are also worth a visit!

Things To Do

Newhaven and Trinity are just a few minutes away from the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens and Inverleith Park. Here you will find tennis courts, a playpark and an idyllic setting for picnicking.

 

Victoria Park (situated in Trinity) is a beautiful public park with two play areas for toddlers and older children. The park is where many learn to ride their bikes, with Victoria Park being on the North Edinburgh Cycle Network.

If it’s a rainy day head along to Ocean Terminal, with its numerous retail stores, coffee shops, restaurants, a gym and even a cinema. From here you can also visit the Royal Yacht Britannia.

If you fancy something more adventurous, why not take to climbing at Alien Rock.

Amenities

Whilst the area might not be city centre, it has everything you need on its doorstep! From supermarkets and grocery shops, to dental and health care, along with pharmacies and Post Office. There is of course high street retailers and more in the Ocean Terminal, and there are a number of take-aways.

Schools in the area include Trinity Primary and Academy, as well as Victoria Primary. Both areas are well served by regular buses running day and night to the city centre and further afield. Plans are underway to extend the Edinburgh tram line down Leith Walk, ending in Newhaven. This will provide a link to the city centre, Gyle Centre and Edinburgh Airport.

The area is also handy for motorists, with the A1 (connecting you to the City Bypass) nearby. There is also convenient for cyclists with easy access to the Water of Leith Path.

If Newhaven or Trinity sound like the ideal location for you, then get in touch with our legal team!
If you’re thinking of selling, contact our Head of Estate Agency, Derek Brien, and arrange a free pre-sale valuation.