Blackhall offers a rare combination of suburban lifestyle with close access to the city. Situated to the north west of the city centre, it’s a predominantly residential area. All the essential amenities and conveniences are within walking distance, and everything else is just a short bus ride away.
As the city grew over the years, Blackhall was incorporated into the wider Edinburgh area, and is now as much a part of the city as any other area.
Blackhall Primary School is on Craigcrook Road on the the south side of Blackhall, overlooking Ravelston Gold Course. It has recently been extended and had parts rebuilt, now serving around 450 pupils with 50 members of staff. Its facilities include a library, a music and drama studio, a computer suite and two gym halls. Outside is a range of areas to help the children expand their learning experience. Including a wildlife garden, sensory garden, climbing wall, pond, trim tracks, vegetable plot, fruit trees, a courtyard, a quiet area, an early years play area and a playing field.
Blackhall is in the catchment area for Royal High School, Edinburgh. A co-educational high school and one of the oldest in Scotland, it currently has around 1,200 pupils from the north-west of the city. Previous pupils include Robin Cook, Ronnie Corbett and Sir Walter Scott.
Local businesses and amenities
The main road provides everything the local community needs, with more specialist services available in central Edinburgh. There’s an Indian takeaway, a pizza restaurant and a couple of small cafés, as well as the Blackhall Lounge pub, which is popular for its friendly atmosphere, big TV and Jimmy the local, who likes to serenade customers with his rendition of ‘Ten Guitars’ at any given moment.
For your day-to-day life, you’ll find a newsagent, a pharmacy, a Bank of Scotland bank and a library. There’s also a church and a mosque that serve the local community, and a hairdresser and veterinarian. And just a short walk or bus ride away is the Craigleith Retail Park, where you’ll find everything you need to supply your life in Blackhall. The retail park is home to a range of popular shops, including Argos, Boots, Currys, Homebase, Marks & Spencer, TX Maxx, Costa Coffee and a large Sainsbury’s for the weekly shop.
You’re also never far from the Western General Hospital on Telford Road, just a short bus ride away.
Local community groups
Blackhall’s close community has established several friendly community groups, such as a horticultural society, a bowling club and two Probus groups for retired or semi-retired professionals. The local community council, Craigleith/Blackhall, meets on the second Monday of every month.
As with most areas of Edinburgh, Blacklhall is efficiently served by Lothian Buses, which run regularly into town and out to Cramond Place, Kings Buildings, West Granton and the Royal Infirmary.
All in all, Blackhall is very much a suburb-in-a-city, with all the local services and businesses you’ll need to make a very comfortable life in Edinburgh.