Sighthill, Edinburgh

About the Area

Sighthill is a suburb to the West of Edinburgh. With its busy Calder Road (one of the city's main arteries), impersonal estates, car dealerships, and the grey residential tower blocks dominating the skyline, it's a far cry from the picture-postcard image of central Edinburgh. Most passing through it, coming from the airport or joining the M8, will find little invitation to stop.

The area is changing though. The four high-rise towers that dominated the area - Broomview House, Glenalmond Court, Weir Court and Hermiston Court - are earmarked for demolition in the next few years to make way for new housing.

Sighthill will be on the new tramline in future and it was chosen as the location for a massive new sports complex and stadium.

Part of a wider regeneration of the area includes redevelopments at Napier University and Stevenson College.

To the west of Sighthill is Bankhead Industrial estate, which contains Burton's biscuit factory, as well as a Royal Mail Mail Centre and two government buildings called Grayfield House and Saughton House. At Bankhead avenue is one of Edinburgh's Community Recycling Centres.

Sighthill is bounded on the north-west by South Gyle, to the north by Wester Broom, to the east by Broomhouse and to the south by Wester Hailes and the Calders.