Kingsknowe is a western suburb of Edinburgh, situated close to the city centre. It is best known for its 18-hole golf course, laid out over a site where Oliver Cromwell's army once gathered. During the 1700s, quarrying began in Kingsknowe for millstones. Later, another quarry was opened for stones, which were used extensively during the building of the capital city. Once the quarry was depleted, it was filled up and the area became a park. This suburb makes a great daytrip destination from the bustle of the Edinburgh city centre, offering outdoor recreation and accommodation just outside the city.
- Enjoy a round of golf on the Kingsknowe Golf Course, and admire playing on its cherry tree-lined fairway in the country where the game was created.
- Visit the Edinburgh Zoo, which was opened in 1913, and see the world's largest chimpanzee enclosure and its many conservation projects; the zoo is located just a few kilometres from Kingsknowe.
- Visit the stately Georgian House that dates back to the 18th century, situated in Charlotte Square in Edinburgh and be delighted by the home's antique, original furnishings.
Kingsknowe is easily accessible from the nearby Edinburgh Airport. The Airlink Express train runs every 10 minutes, and stops at Waverley Station within the city. From the station, travellers may take the Lothian bus route 20 to the Kingsknowe suburb. Metered taxis and rental cars are also available at the airport. The Kingsknowe railway station offers a train every hour from Glasgow Central to Waverley Station. From the suburb, take either taxis or Lothian buses into the city centre. Many areas of Edinburgh, including the city centre, are easily explored on foot or with local taxi and bus services.
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