Edinburgh's long turn-of-the-century boom has eventually reached its more socially deprived parts with the start in 2007 of a radical make-over of Craigmillar, transforming one of Edinburgh most impoverished and run-down areas into what is expected to be a thriving community.
Craigmillar is situated to the South East of the city, South of Duddingston, and East of Morningside. One of its distinguishing features are the derelict residential estates of Niddrie Mains, but an impressive visitor attraction is the Craigmillar Castle. The Royal Infirmary Hospital, one of Edinburgh's main hospitals, is found to the South of Craigmillar.
The nearest stations are Newcraighall and Brustane railway stations. Craigmillar is also connected with the city centre by the Innocent walkway and cycleway.
With the support of the Scottish Executive, the City of Edinburgh's linked private company EDI, PARC Craigmillar (Promoting and Regenerating Craigmillar) will build over 3,000 new homes (approx 500 for social rent), 5 new schools, 300,000 sq. ft of industrial, retail, and leisure and office space.
The plans also make the most of Craigmillar's existing green spaces, incorporating a network of parks, river walkways, open woodland, play areas and a new arboretum in Craigmillar. Over the 15 years, it will create 6,000 job opportunities and 75 new businesses.
The impressive medieval Craigmillar castle is situated in a tree-lined field. It fell into disrepair for a couple of centuries, but under the publicly funded Historic Scotland - with its tower house, great hall, courtyard, garden and dove cot - is now well looked after. The years of neglect are marked by a couple of trees growing inside the building.