Sighthill, Edinburgh

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Sighthill high rises, now demolished.

Sighthill is a suburb in the west of Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh College (formerly Stevenson) and Edinburgh Napier University's Sighthill Campuses (formerly Stevenson College and the Edinburgh Business College respectively) are based here. There is also a medical centre, a library and a fire station, as well as some small shops.

The Calder Road, one of the city's main arteries, runs by Sighthill, and the Edinburgh-Glasgow & Stirling railway line is nearby.

The area is bordered by Broomhouse to the east, South Gyle to the north, Bankhead and the Calders to the west and Wester Hailes to the south. It is sometimes included in the Wester Hailes area.


For nearly 50 years, the West Edinburgh skyline was dominated by 4 high rise residential tower blocks (Broomview House, Glenalmond Court, Hermiston Court and Weir Court).

The 10-story block Broomview House was demolished on Sunday 21 September 2008 by Safedem Ltd. The flats came down at 11:15am in a controlled explosion where a longstanding former resident pushed the ceremonial button to implode the building. The remaining three blocks were demolished on Sunday 25 September 2011, also at 11:15am.

All of the remaining low-rise council-built properties have been demolished to make way for new lower level social housing.


Sighthill compared Sighthill Edinburgh
White 88.8% 91.7%
Asian 7.0% 5.5%
Black 2.2% 1.2%
Mixed 0.6% 0.9%
Other 1.4% 0.8%

Film and television location[edit]

Sighthill has been used as a location for film and television productions. The most notable production to be filmed in Sighthill was the 1998 BBC Scotland television drama Looking After Jo Jo which featured Robert Carlyle in the title role and was filmed in and around North Sighthill and Niddrie. Other notable film and television productions to be filmed in Sighthill include Quite Ugly One Morning starring James Nesbitt and an adaptation of the Christopher Brookmyre novel and Trouble Sleeping - a tale of a Palestinian refugee struggling to survive in the UK. More recently the flats in Sighthill have been used as backdrop for the film Outcast a Celtic supernatural thriller once again starring James Nesbitt and released in 2010.


Lothian Buses provides 12 buses to the area:

3 Wester Hailes - Sighthill - Gorgie - Haymarket - Princes Street - Newington - Gilmerton - Dalkeith/Mayfield

18 Gyle Centre - Sighthill - Wester Hailes - Colinton - Oxgangs - Fairmilehead - Gracemount - Gilmerton - Royal Infirmary - Niddrie - Fort Kinnaird

20 Ratho - Gyle Centre - Hermiston Gait - Sighthill - Wester Hailes - Kingsknowe - Longstone - Slateford

21 Wester Hailes - Sighthill - Corstorphine - Clermiston - Ferry Road - Leith - Lochend - Portobello - Niddrie - Royal Infirmary

25 Riccarton - Sighthill - Gorgie - Haymarket - Princes Street - Leith - Lochend - Restalrig

34 Riccarton - Sighthill - Longstone - Slateford - Fountainpark - Lothian Road - Princes Street - Lochend - Leith - Ocean Terminal

36 Gyle Centre - Sighthill - Longstone - Glenlockheart - Morningside - West End - Cannonmills - Bonnington - Leith - Ocean Terminal

63 Riccarton - Sighthill - Gyle Centre - Ratho Station - Newbridge - Kirkliston - South Queensferry

109 Longstone - Sighthill - Ratho - East Calder - Livingston - Deans South

  • This service only runs between 3:30AM till 6:30AM during the week, it is also the only Lothian service to run West Lothian

Airlink 300 Edinburgh Airport - Ingliston - Gyle Centre - Sighthill - Slateford - Fountainpark - Bristo Square - Holyrood - Easter Road - Leith - Ocean Terminal

N25 Riccarton - Hermiston P&R - Sighthill - Gorgie - Haymarket - Waterloo Place

N34 Riccarton - Hermiston P&R - Sighthill - Longstone - Slateford - Fountainpark - Lothian Road - Waterloo Place

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Coordinates: 55°55′19.09″N 3°17′12.25″W / 55.9219694°N 3.2867361°W / 55.9219694; -3.2867361