Craigmillar, which means “High Bare Rock” in Gaelic, is a village that is situated about five kilometres from the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. Craigmillar is a relatively new settlement in Edinburgh and mostly consists of public housing schemes that were constructed after WWI. However, Craigmillar has an ancient history that is evidenced by the many 14th and 15th century structures that still dapple the landscape, including the local castle that is the main attraction in the area. Craigmillar was also known for its bevy of breweries, many of which operated for more than 100 years.
- Explore the restored ruins of the Craigmillar Castle, and you will see one of the best-preserved medieval fortifications in all of Edinburgh, a stunning work of ancient architecture and engineering.
- Check out the large concrete sculptures done by artist and criminal Jimmy Boyle, who constructed Gulliver, The Gentle Giant, which cares and shares sculpture for the Craigmillar Festival of 1976.
- Catch an exciting shinty match on one of the University of Edinburgh playing fields in Craigmillar, and you can enjoy a unique sport on one of the oldest pitches in Scotland.
Edinburgh has a great system of public transportation that makes it easy for you to get to Craigmillar from just about anywhere in the city. The best way to get there is on a Lothian Bus, as they have several routes originating at various points around Edinburgh that go directly to Craigmillar. The railway line that once serviced Craigmillar is now closed, so bus is the best way to get there. Once there, you can get around Craigmillar easily on bicycle, as there are many dedicated paths that snake through the suburb.
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