Craigleith, Edinburgh

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Craigleith Drive

Craigleith (Scottish Gaelic: Creag Lìte) is an area of west Edinburgh, Scotland. Its name comes from various forms of Craig of Inverleith, or rock or hill of Inverleith. Much of the Craigleith sandstone was used to build the old and new town houses in Edinburgh as well as many famous buildings including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the statue of Nelson on Nelson's Column in London. Because of its particular hardness, Craigleith Sandstone was also favoured for cutting stones used in the making of cut glass during the Victorian era.

The Craigleith area extends from Ravelston Dykes, to Crewe Toll and the Ferry Road, and Comely Bank on the east. Queensferry Road and Craigleith Road both pass through here.

There are a number of private schools near here, including Stewart's Melville College and The Mary Erskine School. Craigleith Retail Park was built upon the infilled Craigleith Quarry in 1995 and is situated at the junction of Queensferry Road and Craigleith Road. Craigleith Quarry was active for over 300 years from 1615 to 1942. At its peak, it was the largest and most productive in Edinburgh. It was significant for its 350 million year old Craigleith sandstone, known to be very desirable amongst the city's architects at the time. [1]

The Royal Victoria Hospital is off Craigleith Road while the Western General Hospital on Crewe Road was opened in 1868 as the Craigleith Hospital and Poorhouse.[2]


  1. ^ David Mclean. "Lost Edinburgh: Craigleith Quarry". The Scotsman. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  2. ^ Eastwood, Martin; Jenkinson, Anne (1995). A history of the Western General Hospital : Craigleith Poorhouse, military hospital, modern teaching hospital. Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers. ISBN 9780859764308. OCLC 41400363.

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Coordinates: 55°57′42″N 003°13′43″W / 55.96167°N 3.22861°W / 55.96167; -3.22861 (Craigleith)