Niddrie, Edinburgh

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Niddrie is located in Edinburgh
Location within Edinburgh
Council area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEH
Dialling code0131
EU ParliamentScotland
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55°55′55″N 3°6′52″W / 55.93194°N 3.11444°W / 55.93194; -3.11444Coordinates: 55°55′55″N 3°6′52″W / 55.93194°N 3.11444°W / 55.93194; -3.11444

Niddrie is a suburb of Edinburgh in Scotland. It is situated on the south-east of the city, south-west of the seaside area of Portobello, and west of Musselburgh in East Lothian near Fort Kinnaird retail park.

Immediately adjacent to Craigmillar, and part of Edinburgh City's political ward Craigmillar/Portobello, it was also the home of the Craigmillar Festival Society, a community arts organisation, founded by local mother and "Woman Of Achievement" Helen Crummy.

The Niddrie Mains estate is now almost completely demolished, with no attempts made to recondition the buildings. The land has been mostly designated for private housing. The land that occupied most of the social housing in the community is being regenerated.

The site is currently being developed by PARC, an ALMO or Arms Length Management Organisation, fully owned by the City of Edinburgh Council. The development includes a new primary school for the surrounding area, with the old Niddrie Mill Primary School and St Francis Primary School being put in a joint campus. The first, though unassociated, phase of redevelopment in the Niddrie Mains area was the Hays area, constructed around 2001 and consisting of two-storey blocks with gardens and pedestrianised streets.


The place name is believed to be of Brythonic origin, *nuada tref meaning "new settlement". It was known historically as Niddry Marischal.

Niddrie Marischal House[edit]

The Wauchope family owned the majority of the area up to the 1930s. The family home Niddrie Marischal House was immediately west of the present day Jack Kane Centre sports complex in Hunters Hall Park. The Wauchopes eventually donated their lands to the city.

In 1839 John Henderson designed the lodge and gates to the Mansion. The House was demolished although the vaulted tomb-house, which adjoined the western extension, remains as a listed building.[1]

Social housing[edit]

Social housing was built in Niddrie Mains by Edinburgh Corporation from 1927 until the mid-1930s, under the designs of City Architect, Ebenezer James MacRae. The new housing was linked to a major slum clearance scheme in the St. Leonard's Ward of Edinburgh. Families from these cleared areas were housed together with local coal mining families from Niddrie.


In the 1980s and 1990s, Niddrie suffered from a high crime rate. Antisocial behaviour is fairly common, though gang fights and knife crime are of a lesser degree today compared to the levels recorded in the 1980s and 1990s. During the 1980s, Niddrie was one of the most drug-riddled communities in Scotland,[citation needed] and still has problems with class A drug use today. For a number of years, the area has had problems with joyriding and youngsters stealing cars and motorbikes.[2] Nearby Greendykes and Niddrie Mains was ranked as the fourth-most deprived area in Scotland in the 2006 Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation[3]


Niddrie once had its own railway station, on the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway. Today the nearest stations are at Brunstane and Newcraighall, both located on Edinburgh Crossrail and Borders Railway.

Lothian Buses provide 6 buses to the area:

2 Gyle Centre - Hermiston Gait - Broomhouse - Saughton - Gorgie - Haymarket - Grassmarket - Southside - Prestonfield - Niddrie - Asda

  • Sunday buses terminate at Hermiston Gait
  • Evening Buses terminate at Broomhouse Roundabout

14 Muirhouse - Granton - Pilton - Ferry Road - Leith - Elm Row - North Bridge - Southside - Prestonfield - Niddrie

21 Royal Infirmary - Niddrie - Portobello - Leith - Ferry Road - Silverknowes - Davidsons Mains - Clermiston - Sighthill - Gyle Centre/Wester Hailes

30 Musselburgh - Queen Margaret University - Fort Kinnaird - Niddrie - Prestonfield - Southside - Princes Street - Longstone - Wester Hailes

N30 Westside Plaza - Baberton - Clovenstone - Longstone - Princes Street - Niddrie - Queen Margaret University - Stoneybank - Musselburgh


  2. ^ "'Irresponsible' YouTube shows 180mph joyriders in stolen car".
  3. ^ "Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation". Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics. 2012. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2013.

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