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Saughton (/ˈsɔːxtən/) (Sauchton in Scots) is a suburb of the west of Edinburgh, Scotland, bordering on Broomhouse, Stenhouse, Longstone and Carrick Knowe. In Lowland Scots, a "sauch" is a willow. The Water of Leith flows by here.

It is best known for its prison, known officially as "HM Prison Edinburgh", but colloquially as "Saughton Prison", which lies to the south of the district.

The Calder Road, one of the main city arteries, runs through it.

More recently Saughton park has become home to an acclaimed outdoor concrete skatepark

Actually situated in the Broomhouse area and fronting on Broomhouse Drive, Saughton House is a large Government office, built in the 1950s, which houses the Scottish Government, Scottish Courts Service and a number of other Government offices.



Saughton tram stop is adjacently south of the main Glasgow to Edinburgh railway line, close to the junction of Broomhouse Drive and Saughton Road North.

Preceding station   Edinburgh Trams   Following station
towards York Place
  York Place - Edinburgh Airport   Bankhead
towards Airport


Lothian Buses

  • 3, 25, 34, 35 (Calder Road)
  • 1, 2, 22 (Broomhouse Drive/ Stenhouse Drive)

First Scotland East

  • 27, 28 (Calder Road)
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