A History of the Craigleith Hill District

(Edinburgh) Scotland



History of Craigleith Hill

Geology of Craigleith Hill

History of Craigleith House

Royal Victoria Hospital

Photographs - Modern Day



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Pages last updated: 29/08/2022

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Welcome! - to A History of the Craigleith Hill District (Edinburgh), Scotland, including a history of the Royal Victoria Hospital.

The History of Craigleith Hill District centres around Craigleith Quarry, famous for its sandstone (see the menu item Geology of Craigleith Hill) as well as areas immediately adjacent to it - see the menu item History of Craigleith Hill.

If you click on Sitemap on the menu to the left, you will see a list of the locations discussed on this site.


News and Events edited by Alan Ross

Relocation and name change of the Royal Victoria Hospital:
The Royal Victoria Hospital, Craigleith Road, as of February 2019 was finally completely demolished. The new Victoria Building was relocated and opened in 2012 in the grounds of the Western General Hospital.

JULY 2019
No further planning lodged for the demolished site. However as further work within the Western General Hospital involves the removal of more car parking spaces, the NHS has taken the decision to make use of part of the grounds of the old Royal Victoria Hospital for car parking.

Also recently the water board have installed a massive run off tank for surplus water storage after heavy rain which should stop residents in Craigleith Road from becoming flooded.


Craigleith Quarry Present Day and RIGS

The only face of Craigleith Quarry which is still visible, is designated a
Regionally Interesting Geological Site (RIGS) and is situated behind Sainsbury's Superstore in Craigleith Retail Park

Click on these images to show an enlargement of the quarry face

Visitors to this area should book in at the INFORMATION DESK just inside the front entrance of Sainsbury's.

The RIGS site is now accessible, with care, after Sainsbury's recent extension.

Students from Oatridge Agricultural College cleared away broom etc from the quarry face and exposed the geological interesting parts.

Oatridge students after their hard work.



A joint effort between Sainsbury's and RIGS has seen information boards being erected giving a history of the quarry.The above board is situated on the LEFT hand side of the entrance to Sainsbury's and the other is on the outside wall between M&S and Clarks. A You Are Here plan is incorporated into the boards


As well as the history of Craigleith Quarry, this web site contains many photographs, maps, plans of the surrounding residential area, a History of the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Western General Hospital.

Much of the material was sourced from internet sites and archive material from various libraries in Edinburgh. Some of the material has been supplied by residents currently living or who previously lived in the area.

All of the material is acknowledged and I would appreciate you not copying it or using it unless you ask for my permission. I would appreciate it if you would include a link to my website if you do use anything from these pages.

I am continually looking for information on the district and if you have details/stories/photographs on Craigleith's past I would appreciate you contacting me here


Photographs - Modern Day - Taken by Alan Ross

Click on Photographs - Modern Day for more modern photographs of the area.

Sunrise looking towards West End of Edinburgh Sunrise over Calton Hill Sunrise Over Edinburgh Castle by J Gilbertson

Rebuild of St James Centre


Before (April 2008) During (2018) During (2018)



  november 2020                                              December 2020 Unusual roof complete



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