A Stockbridge Guide
Where is Stockbridge?
Stockbridge has something of a village atmosphere about it, although it is only a ten minute walk from Edinburgh city centre. Stockbridge is to the North edge of the Edinburgh New Town and it melds into Inverleith to the North and West. It is alongside the Water of Leith one of the main rivers running through Edinburgh. Sleepy Dean Village is a 15 minute walk away along the riverside. The area is characterised by the many delis, tea houses, small restaurants, cafes, and pubs.
What Is There To Do In Stockbridge?
The Scran and Scallie – The Scran and Scallie gastropub was brought to life by Michelin-starred, Edinburgh-superstar chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack. Aside from pub staples such as juicy burgers, chunky chips and fish pie, the culinary selection expands to include oysters, home-cured salmon, braised hogget, sheep’s head broth, and, for the sweet tooths, the delectable stout ice cream. Reservations are vital, but if fortune is smiling on you, you may be able to score one of the few tables the restaurant sometimes holds back during normal service for walk-ins.
Inverleith Park – Adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Stockbridge is one of Scotland’s largest urban parks and a true oasis in the heart of the capital, Inverleith Park. The park was opened in 1891 and continues to offer healthy-minded locals and urban explorers a huge green expanse for sports, walks and picnics. The original boating pond, playing fields and tree-lined walkways are all still intact, whilst a children’s play park, running track, three football pitches and six seven-a-side pitches now supplement the park’s roster of outdoor pursuits.
The Royal Botanic Gardens – The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers several magnificent and memorable venues, with the manicured Garden offering a tranquil and peaceful backdrop, all within easy reach of Edinburgh’s city centre. The garden offers 72 acres with over 10.000 plant species. The botanical garden is divided into various areas, each dedicated to a variety of vegetation. The highlights are the Chinese Hillside, the Queen Mother’s memorial garden, the Rock Garden and the Woodland Garden.
Stockbridge Colonies – For those looking for an architectural stimulation wandering around Stockbridge, the Colonies provide a fascinating case study from Edinburgh’s Industrial Revolution past. Built between 1861 and 1911 by the Edinburgh Co-operative Building Company, the purpose of these terraced homes arranged in eleven parallel rows were to provide owner-occupied low-cost housing for, and organised by, working people. There was a strong focus on providing for artisan tradesmen, which is why at the end of each terrace are the original artisan crests portraying the different trades of the workmen. The cottages are now some of Edinburgh’s most expensive real estate, owing to their social history, unique two-storey look and proximity to the expanses of Inverleith Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens. It doesn’t hurt that they are also whimsically adorable.
What Landmarks Does Stockbridge Have?
From St Bernard’s Well (This mineral water well is on the south bank of the Water of Leith, on an estate once known as St Bernard’s) which is a small well-house originally built in 1760, to the historical Stockbridge market gate which opens each Sunday for food enthusiasts, Stockbridge has an abundance of historical buildings and areas to suit, no matter your taste.
The Benefits of Living In Stockbridge
Stockbridge has always been seen as one of the best places to live in Edinburgh for both young professionals and the older generation given its unique history, central position and abundance of brilliant pubs, bars, restaurants, shops and parkland. It remains to this day, one of the most popular areas for potential tenants.
Rent values in the area are very strong and with a huge tenant demand, its easy to see why properties within the area are very much sought after by investors. Rentals for 1 beds tend to be hitting the £995 a month mark with 2 beds fetching closer to the £1500.*
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*Correct at the time of publishing (pre-Covid)