Wester Hailes

Union Canal at Wester Hailes
About the Area

Wester Hailes is a new-built residential area to the South of Edinburgh, just within the Edinburgh City Bypass and bordering Juniper Green and Colinton.

In the 1990s it was characterised by high-rise housing schemes and Seventies style council flats. In response to a variety of social problems, aggravated by high unemployment and poor local amenities, the Sixties architectural experiment was deemed to have failed and the high-rises were knocked down in favour of lower storied buildings.

The Union Canal runs through here. The Hailes Plaza is the main shopping area.