Scottish move on the cards….where to??

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  • Scottish move on the cards….where to??
  • tjr666
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    Hey folks, it is looking likely that I will be moving up to Scotland soon, I have spent five years up there in the past, but that was in Fife (never again!!!), so this time looking more towards Edinburgh. Obviously a little hard house hunting without knowing the areas that well on the lothian side…

    I am looking for somewhere with good public transport connections to Edinburgh centre and is preferably no more than 30 mins train away, family friendly and if at all possible be semi-rural and within easy reach of decent biking (so pentland I guess) and of course Glentress and Innerleithen. Any help/recommendations would be great!

    Premier Icon Garry_Lager
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    Do you need the train link particularly? Train links to the borders south of Edinburgh don’t really exist anymore, but there’s lots of places there that would otherwise fit the bill.

    Stirling way always struck me as a great location – easy reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh and really well placed for the higlands. Plus superb riding there in its own right. No idea what the town (city?) is like to actually live in though.

    DickBarton
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    Linlithgow does everything apart from the actual Edinburgh part…

    Train from borders meant to be running from 2014.

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    franksinatra – Member

    Train from borders meant to be running from 2014. Hopefully. Be a brave man who bought a house on that basis IMHO. Seems to have been delayed again and again.

    hels
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    What is your budget, if that’s not a rude question ?

    Anywhere within 30 mins on bus/train from Edinburgh is commuter belt and tends to be pricey if it is anything like a nice place to live.

    Places just outwith like Penicuik, Bonnyrigg etc although cheaper can be a bit rough. Depends what you want I guess !

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    Train from borders meant to be running from 2014.

    What time is the last one 2135?

    anus
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    yeah no late nights out on the drink for you

    athgray
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    I am biased but Peebles is great. Train links from Midlothian and the borders are non existent, but decent buses. Edinburgh is well catered for with park and rides.
    Penicuik is well located.
    West Linton is nice.
    If train link is important there are pleasant places East of Edinburgh like Musselburgh and North Berwick.
    Close to Edinburgh and the Pentlands are Balerno and Currie.
    Hope this helps.

    chriswilk
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    I’m in penicuik and find it ideal. 10 miles out of town and loads if busses. Riding from door, glentress 20 mins.
    Good schools if U have kids, loads of families that can’t afford Edinburgh.
    Some parts could be described as rough, but most are nice.
    Balerno/currie also good.
    Peebles is better for biking but fewer busses and over an hour to town

    andrewh
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    Fife (never again!!!),

    Why? I loved St. A and the Lomonds, can’t wait to move back. You weren’t in Methill were you?

    My view. If yo uwant to live in Edinburgh live inthe city – the suburbs and the commuter towns are not great. Or go and live in one of the old towns – Peebles, Stirling both OK. Nothing would get me to live in linlithgow or one of the central belt towns

    Peebles is the only place around here I would consider moving to from Leith

    giant_scum
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    As much as it pains me to say this, how about South Livingston (Muiriston area), Mid Calder, East Calder.
    I live in Bathgate loads of houses for sale out our way mostly in the Wester Inch area, builders still building new houses and undercutting people selling elsewhere on the estate!
    Torphichen is a really good place to live but trying to get a house there nigh on impossible.

    Good luck and no matter where you move to the good biking places are never far that far away.

    stanfree
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    East lothian is nice , anywhere around Longniddry , Aberlady or even port Seton . Longniddry is 14 minutes to the waverley by train and 25 minutes by car. Nice beaches and you have got miles of riding from your doorstep , Pencaitland is even twinned with Whistler B.C. (well by yodagoat on here). You might even get to ride with the infamous GW , cynic Al or coastkid.

    Kunstler
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    I think I feel much the same as TJ in that I’d rather live in the city than in the outskirts. It must be the ‘Leith effect’.

    tjr666
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    Cheers for the replies folks, some stuff to go on there, unfortunately I am not buying but renting, budget depends on what job I manage to score up there, but looking at nothing really above £650 a month if possible.

    tjr666
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    Oh and re: Fife it was Kirkcaldy and then Dunfermline, grim.

    plus one for Stirling but I’m biased.

    >Nothing would get me to live in linlithgow.

    *breathes sigh of relief*

    I don’t think Leith is ticking his semi rural box somehow and with respect TJ you really are so utterly clueless at times it’s laughable.

    Theblackmout – its an opinion. thats all it is. I know linlithgow a bit and I would never live there.

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    Don’t think he was suggesting Leith to the OP. He was saying Linlithgow is crap and Peebles is nice.

    Thank ou CSB – that and I would rather live in the city that the ‘burbs

    sambob
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    Mum and Dad used to live on the edge of Stirling and loved it, on the edge of the Ochills so great riding too.

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    Lockerbie?
    Trains to Edin, wife uses regularly
    GT 45mins away
    Ae, Mabie and Dalbeattie within easy reach. Kirry just over an hr.
    Lakes, Whinlatter, Keswick easily in 1hr 😆

    druidh
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    Linlithgow sounds pretty much what the OP is looking for. Lots of nice houses, some decent riding at Beecraigs. Pentlands are 20 minutes away by car, GT and Inners another hour or so?

    I’m in Balerno and can recommend both it and Currie. The centre of town is just a short bus ride away (if you find anything worth going in for) but you have the Pentlands on your doorstep. Get a road bike to open up your riding options too. I use to commute into and across town by bike every day. You get a nice easy ride in every morning as it’s all downhill.

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    giant_scum – Member
    As much as it pains me to say this, how about South Livingston (Muiriston area), Mid Calder, East Calder.
    I live in Bathgate loads of houses for sale out our way mostly in the Wester Inch area, builders still building new houses and undercutting people selling elsewhere on the estate!
    Torphichen is a really good place to live but trying to get a house there nigh on impossible.

    Good luck and no matter where you move to the good biking places are never far that far away.

    Yes, south side of Livi isn’t too bad. It’s devoid of soul or any “centre” but it has its compensations. The biking from the door is good (both road and offroad), public transport into Edinburgh is OK (though there are big gaps in the evening on the train) and it is pretty cheap. If you get to the stage of serious looking drop me an email if you want to know anything specific.

    DickBarton
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    I’m also biased towards Stirling…but it doesn’t really meet the travel critic for proximity of Edinburgh.

    50 mins by train from Edinburgh to stirling – or 25 on a decent motorbike 🙂

    Ho hum
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    Another vote for Livi here, although, as with most places in this country, some areas are much nicer than others. Livi is a funny place as Stu N says because of its lack of a centre.

    My wife and I have lived here with our 3 young children for the last 8 and a half years and it’s a pretty decent place all in all.

    I work in Edinburgh and we drive through it at times and whilst some areas look quite nice they are very expensive and both my wife and I don’t like living in cities nowadays, which is great as we get so much more in the way of housing out here.

    The trains into Edinburgh are now much improved after they improved and re-instated the Airdrie to Bathgate line. Trains now run every 15 minutes from Livi North to Edinburgh rather than every half an hour and it takes just less than 25 minutes each way now.

    spando
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    And what might I ask is wrong with Fife? Oh yeh fair point Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline but please don’t wright of Fife. There are some great places to live here and some fantastic riding too. I live in North East Fife, close to Dundee, great train links and easy access to loads of riding. Tentsmuir, Lomonds, Sidlaws, Balmarino, PITMEDDEN, Kinnoul Hill, Dunkeld, Pitlochry, Angus Glens, Cairngorms to name but a few 😀
    Falkland is a beautiful village close to transport links and right at the foot of the Lomond hills and the downhill course 😀
    I recon you need to go on a road trip and get a feel for a place before moving, happy hunting.

    poly
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    My view. If yo uwant to live in Edinburgh live inthe city – the suburbs and the commuter towns are not great. Or go and live in one of the old towns – Peebles, Stirling both OK. Nothing would get me to live in linlithgow or one of the central belt towns

    Not sure why linlithgow doesn’t qualify as old? I’d not suggest its perfect but a lot better commute to central Edinburgh than peebles, and potentially quicker to ed park, haymarket, or waverly than from most of the ‘popular’ places within the city.

    The biking is okay but not as good as the pentlands themselves; but if you are going to drive their you can be in the pentlands quicker than from say leith. You are further from glentress than say balerno, but a little bit closer to the ochils or highlands if you want wild rides. It’s not the best place for riding but for typical people who spend most of their week working and a little bit of leisure time riding its probably a good compromise, which is especially popular with families.

    Is most of linlithgow not soulless modern housing? and not much of a town centre?

    Its not a bad place perhpas especially if a cheap modern house is what you want but to me its such a soulless and dull place.

    mcmoonter
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    Oh and re: Fife it was Kirkcaldy and then Dunfermline, grim.

    I live just outside Kirkcaldy. I love Fife, it’s an underrated County, nae Kingdom.

    My brother just bought an awesome house in Falkland, next door to the Palace. His wife can commute by train from Ladybank to Dundee or Edinburgh.

    Have a look at Kinghorn, Burntisland and Aberdour.

    druidh
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    Soulless modern housing?
    http://g.co/maps/2az4j

    Fabulous isn’t it Druidh – some of the most sought after council housing in the UK.

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    I was born and raised in Perth and went to uni in Stirling before migrating down south for work. If I were to move back (Something I think about often.) I would be looking at Alva, Tillicoultry, or around this area. Fast access to the hills, easy drive to Edinburgh, and not far from the big weege if you really need to go there. House prices not bad there either.

    NZCol
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    ^Agree. When we vaguely considered it we looked around Milnathort towards the West as well. Some nice houses and good villages around there.

    ojom
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    Tj you do come across as a snob sometimes. I thought you were all for councils building houses?

    Plus? Aren’t you confusing Linlithgow with livingston? Linlithgow has a great wee high street.

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    Its Musselburgh for us,

    If your renting, two bed flats for £560 ish, good buses, train, cycle commute mostly on cycle paths road the city, on the end of the bypass for easy out to borders and north… Chippy, good pubs, Aldi/Lidl,

    Livi does seem a good option too…

    hels
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    I was just thinking that, TJ you are confusing Linlithgow with Livingston.

    Linlithgow is an old town, it has a palace FFS ! MQoS stayed there so they say, but like BPC, she did get about. Its lovely, a loch in the town centre, nice old houses, regular trains to Edinburgh.

    Livingston is a hell on earth with tons of cheap identikit housing. I worked there for 6 months once, terrible place. Far too many roundabouts for a start. No high street, a shopping mall with a council benefits office. Most people that live there are either living off the state or employed by it. And the car park at ASDA was rammed full on a tuesday lunchtime once when I (er literally) looked down on it from the building next door. Not a good sign.

    Anyways, yes Peebles is nice, but a bit “are you local, this is a local town, for local people”. And the bus takes over an hour to central Edinburgh. Can’t fault the biking tho ! Good schools, sinister local festival every year. Pubs still to catch up with all the metro types that have started moving there. Very good wine shop, and a couple of restaurants that think they are good and charge accordingly, but aren’t really all that.

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