Barnton, Edinburgh

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Barnton Avenue
Barnton is located in Edinburgh
Location within Edinburgh
Council area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEH
Dialling code0131
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°57′45.88″N 3°18′26.69″W / 55.9627444°N 3.3074139°W / 55.9627444; -3.3074139Coordinates: 55°57′45.88″N 3°18′26.69″W / 55.9627444°N 3.3074139°W / 55.9627444; -3.3074139

Barnton is a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland, located in the north-west of the city, between Cramond and Corstorphine Hill and west of Davidsons Mains. Part of the area was traditionally known as "Cramond Muir" in reference to Cramond to the north.[1]

Notable Buildings[edit]

It is home to the Royal High School of Edinburgh designed by Reid and Forbes in 1964. Braehead House, a complex house centred on a 15th century remodelled Scottish tower house hides amongst modern housing. The Royal Burgess Golfing Society, one of the oldest golf societies in the world with a clubhouse dating from 1896. Cargilfield Preparatory School lies to the north.

The most notable landmark is the former Barnton Hotel at the junction of Whitehouse Loan and Queensferry Road which dates from 1895 and was converted to flats in 2016.

The White House (which gives its name to Whitehouse Road) dates from 1615. It was extended and remodelled by MacGibbon and Ross in 1895.[2]

The area centres on the paired streets of Barnton Avenue and West Barnton Avenue. These stand on the former estate of Barnton House (formerly Cramond Regis). All that remains is the ornate west gate pillars, designed by David Hamilton in 1810, on Whitehouse Loan at the west end of West Barnton Avenue. Both halves of the avenue possess a series of large villas dating from the early 20th century. The west avenue in particular has several modern blocks of flats.


Barnton Quarry, a former stone quarry in the area, is the (now derelict) site of an underground bunker which, in the event of nuclear war, would have served as the regional seat of government for Scotland from 1961 until its abandonment in 1985.[1]

Until 1951 there was a station (seen here in 1962) originally opened by the Caledonian Railway

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bell, Raymond MacKean (2017). Literary Corstorphine: A reader's guide to West Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Leamington Books. ISBN 9780244644406.
  2. ^ Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh by Gifford, McWilliam and Walker