The origins of Colinton Village date back almost 1000 years, when its church was founded by Ethelred, son of Malcolm Canmore. The church and many other buildings were ravaged by Cromwell, and the present church dates back to 1771. The village’s notable inhabitants include Robert Louis Stevenson, who described summers spent in Colinton Manse as his ‘Golden Age’.
Colinton Library, five minutes walk from Polofields, offers a range of activities for children, and there are two popular traditional pubs in Colinton Village. The Spylaw Tavern is one of several places in the neighbourhood offering family meals, and the Colinton Inn hosts occasional live music. Edinburgh city centre’s exceptional range of theatres, venues, pubs and clubs are within easy reach.
Polofields is around ten minutes walk from the Pentland Hills Regional Park, an outstanding area for walking and cycling and the site of the Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend. There are several nearby parks, woodlands and riverside walks to explore, and Craiglockhart Leisure and Tennis Centre, one of the city’s most comprehensive sports centres, is less than two miles away. The Colinton Tennis Club is just a short walk away in Westgarth Avenue, and there is a wide choice of local golf clubs including the gently undulating 18-hole course at Mortonhall.
The local shopping area in Colinton Village includes a pharmacy, a newsagent, post office, a convenience store, a coffee shop and a gifts gallery, and there is a choice of two supermarkets a little over a mile away.
Colinton Primary School and Bonaly Primary School, which also offers morning and afternoon nursery sessions, are both within easy walking distance of Polofields, and both schools are feeders for Firrhill High School, a recently refurbished comprehensive in extensive grounds. There is also a choice of private schools nearby, including George Watson’s College and the boys only Merchiston Castle School. The local health centre is staffed by nine GPs with full nursing support, and there is also a dental practice nearby.
The development is conveniently situated for travel. Edinburgh City Centre is around four miles away and can be reached either by the frequent LRT number 10 bus route, or by a pleasant riverside walk or cycle ride along the Water of Leith and the Union Canal. A mile from Polofields, the Dreghorn link joins the city bypass, allowing easy access to the M8 and Edinburgh International Airport.
When you leave the car at home and explore the local area by foot or bicycle, you get to know it so much better. And by using local shops and services, you’ll help to keep the neighbourhood vibrant and prosperous. Every place has its own personality, and once you move in you’ll soon find your favourite walks, and the shops you like best.