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.
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.
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.
Inside the tunnel entrance.
View from the other side looking back.
Over the left of the tunnel you’ll find the steps down to the Water of Leith and Spylaw Park.
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.