Wester Hailes, Edinburgh

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 two and
three story buildings. The Union Canal runs through here. The Hailes Plaza is the main shopping area.