With its beautiful Georgian and Victorian architecture and leafy residential streets, you could be forgiven for thinking that the West End and Murrayfield area is just for those seeking a sleepy, more laid back pace of life. Not so, though. With its fantastic connectivity by tram, train and bus and a lively atmosphere whenever events are being held at the famous Murrayfield Stadium, the area strikes the perfect balance, offering something for everyone.
The West End starts, as the name suggests, at the most westerly point of Princes Street, which means the area is at the heart of the city and offers plenty of choice for shopping and socialising. Bordering the New Town, Dalry and Tollcross, the best that Edinburgh has to offer is within walking distance, including plenty of supermarkets for everyday groceries.
Particularly good coffee can be savoured at Cairngorm Coffee on the corner of Melville Street and Randolph Place, but you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to the daily brew. The same can be said for eating out and takeaways, with a vast array of cuisine and excellent bars on offer, especially around Queensferry Street and the Haymarket.
The Haymarket station provides mainline rail services with local and national routes and two tram stops make getting around the city and to the airport a doddle. Driving is convenient too, with quick and easy links to the A8 heading west and the A90 up to the Forth Bridge.
Adjoining Murrayfield to the west is home to Scottish rugby and features some outstanding residential areas. It is particular good for families with a good choice of schools and pre-schools, and some really quiet areas which is unusual so close to the city centre.
With the Water of Leith winding through this part of Edinburgh, it is great for walks or running along the river footpath, and – because the area is so well connected – you are never far away from one of the city’s many parks.