- Moving to Edinburgh from London…
Looks like there’s a good chance my wife’s going to be working in Edinburgh for a while- in a business park in South Gyle, near the airport.
Is there anywhere close by that’ll be good to look for a house to rent for a family with toddlers? Doorstep riding would be a nice to have too.
And, er, are we likely to encounter any problems, her being English?Posted 9 years ago
How close by? Edinburgh is a small city – you can cycle from any point in it to any other in a hour or less. South Gyle is close to the sattelite villages of Currie and Balerno which are right by the pentlands.
Edinburgh itself will not have many houses to rent – the main stock of housing is Georgian tenements. Rentals are expensive – around £200 a month plus £200 a bedroom. s 600+ for a 2 bed
AS for problems with her being English – you might get some but Edinburgh is full of the English so so long as she doesn’t fly a St Georges cross and brag about being English it won’t really affect you. It would be naive to say it won’t cause any difficulty ever tho.
http://www.espc.co.uk/ to check rentals outPosted 9 years agodonaldMember
Balerno/Currie/Juniper Green/Colinton are all an easy drive – if she can get parked. There’s a train station at the Gyle so that opens things up.
And, er, are we likely to encounter any problems, her being English?
Only when you next win the world cup. So no, not really.Posted 9 years ago
My girlfriend is English and has lived in Edinburgh for the past 8 years, she doesn’t get any real hassle most of its just good banter. But like everyone has said before me Edinburgh is full of English.
There were however a few brave guys at uni that would hang England flags over their window, and would promptly have their windows smashed in.Posted 9 years ago
Currie / juniper green / balerno would be ideal then I think for cycling. Right on the pentlands and good off road / minor road routes into town / gyle. For public transport there are trains to Edinburgh park from the town centre.
Corstorphine might be another bet for somewhere to livePosted 9 years agodruidhMember
Pretty much spoilt for choice I reckon – and most of the options have been covered above. South Gyle is well served by Edinburghs excellent bus service, so travelling out from nearer the centre of town isn’t out of the question. That would open up areas like Corstorphine.
I used to work next to South Gyle (Sighthill) and cycled in from Balerno regularly. There are no cycle paths, but the road is just fine. Anywhere in the Juniper Green, Currie, Balerno belt gives you instant (car-free) access to the hundreds of kilometers of tracks in the Pentlands.Posted 9 years agojimmySubscriber
I’m an Englishman in Edinburgh and it still surprises me when I hear Scottish people on the street. There’s a lot of Eengleesh about. I used to work in the Gyle, too. Its well served by buses from the city centre and surrounding areas.
You could try Linlithgow – not too far out and served by train (need to check services to the Gyle tho I’m sure there will be one). Its in the right direction for Stirling (trails) and for heading to the Highlands. Thats where we’re thinking of moving to when I’m working again.Posted 9 years ago
Druidh – I regularly use a mainly off road route that goes from Currie to Gyle (well the canal) its a bit roundabout route – currie south to heriot watt down the path with the level crossing, cyclepath thru heriot watt, cross the road to the canal in along the canal.Posted 9 years ago
Depends on your budget. If you have the cash try and get somewhere in the new town and commute to the Gyle (30 minutes on a bike?). Balerno is quite pricey too, but nice. Currie and Juniper Green are not that great IMHO.
Or add 15 minutes to the bike commute and move down to the Shore in Leith.Posted 9 years agoKitMember
Corstorphine, Clermiston, Colinton Mains/Colinton or the Gyle itself would all suit you fine. Depends on your budget though – places like Fairmilehead, Roseburn and Murrayfield would all be good but at a premium!
I don’t believe there’s as many English in Edinburgh as people think. I think most folk confuse the born-and-(in)bred Edinburgh posh ‘English’ accents of the Heriots/Fettes/Academy/Edinburgh Uni crowds with actual English folks.Posted 9 years agohelsMember
Kit is right – I commute from Peebles most days, and cross the Edinburgh Bypass 7.15/30ish. Bumper to Bumper chocca going westbound, I get stuck behind cars queueing to get on. Why do they do it to themselves ??
Currie/Balerno are fine there are some good rental houses for a range of budgets due to local Uni. Catch that guy “how about the New Town” no no no its full of Yahs and people who talk too loudly to each other, AND, the clincher, you will have to commute across Edinburgh via Princes St just don’t do it.Posted 9 years agoAlasdairMcMember
I too agree with Currie/Balerno, having lived in both (currently in Balerno). It’s possible to ride from there to South Gyle on paths and very quiet roads.
Corstorphine itself is nice in places, there’s a good mix of accommodation and you can get to the Pentlands in about half an hour if you’re riding.
Good schools in the above areas too if you’re staying a while.
alPosted 9 years ago
Yeah avoid the Newtown, I live there and its full of loud, ugg boot, body warmer wearing toffs with to much money, daft hair and a strange habit of wearing pyjamas outside of the house.
And its a nightmare to get out of the city from there. Hence i’m noving to peebles! as soon as i can find a house…Posted 9 years agoXanMember
I work in South Gyle myself.
There is a housing estate next to the business park called Gogarloch. Loads of rentals in there last time I looked. Nice bit that is probably only 10 years old. Close to supermarkets and 15 minutes on the bus into the city. Let me know what you are looking for size wise and house type and I’ll have a look for you.
Plenty of cycling on Pentland hills about 15-20 minutes away and 30-40 minutes down the bypass by car there is Glentress and a few more of the 7 stanes.
Heres one that might interest you as a starter.
Have a look at http://www.espc.co.uk they should have plenty.Posted 9 years ago
TJ, commuting over the bridge isnt that bad. There are loads of folk commuting bybike across the bridge every morning & eve.
I’d say the town centre is a bigger problem.
I lived in a New Town flat, Gayfield Square. It was a Toff Yah free zone back in the early 80s. Glue sniffing skinheads on the stair, with the Police station across the park.Posted 9 years agoshortbread_fanylionSubscriber
Yep, the bridge isn’t bad. I go over each morning and expected it to be horrendous but it isn’t. That’s quite early though, 7.15am. And it’s been pretty hassle free going back over anytime between 5 and 6pm. I may be comparing it to the M8 in Glasgow though in terms of what I consider delays/congestion to be….now that was a pain.Posted 9 years ago
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