Easter Hailes Gate and Spylaw

A bit of a departure this post but worthy all the same I felt. What I really wanted this blog to do was to highlight some of the lesser known parts of the city as well as the people within it, so I guess this post fits in well with the former. I’ve been continually amazed at just how many people don’t know this place exists. Tucked away below Colinton Village, a reasonably affluent suburb of Edinburgh out to the western side, you’ll find Spylaw and Easter Hailes gate at the side of the Water of Leith.

Spylaw Signpost

Spylaw Signpost

Easter Hails gate is the tunnel found along the Water of Leith walkway. Part of the old Caledonian Railway Balerno loop it’s hard to image now just quite where a train could have ran along here. Now more popular with cyclists and dog walkers the tunnel is just one of a few that still exist in various locations around Edinburgh.

Cyclists at Easter Hails Gate

Cyclists at Easter Hails Gate

Entering the tunnel from the West Mill Road side, the tunnel lies along the dirt path just past the park entrance underneath the road bridge into Colinton Village.

Easter Hailes Gate Tunnel

Easter Hailes Gate Tunnel

Inside the tunnel entrance.

Easter Hailes Gate Tunnel

Easter Hailes Gate Tunnel

View from the other side looking back.

Cyclist in Easter Hailes Gate

Cyclist in Easter Hailes Gate

Over the left of the tunnel you’ll find the steps down to the Water of Leith and Spylaw Park.

Steps to the Water of Leith

Steps to the Water of Leith

I’ll finish this post with this image. The huge white building overlooking the park was the head office of Scottish airline Flyglobespan until it went into administration nearly 2 years ago, the building is still there but locked up and deserted.

Globespan

Globespan

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