Sighthill, Edinburgh facts for kids
Sighthill is a suburb in the west of Edinburgh, Scotland. The area is bordered by Broomhouse and Parkhead to the east, South Gyle to the north, the industrial suburb of Bankhead and the Calders neighbourhood to the west, and Wester Hailes to the south. It is sometimes included in the Wester Hailes area, while the Calders, Bankhead and Parkhead are sometimes considered parts of Sighthill. Administratively it has formed a core part of the City of Edinburgh Council's Sighthill/Gorgie ward since 2007.
For nearly 50 years, the West Edinburgh skyline was dominated by 4 high rise residential tower blocks (Broomview House, Glenalmond Court, Hermiston Court and Weir Court) the first of which was demolished on 21 September 2008 (Broomview House) with the other three blocks following the same fate just over 3 years later.
All of the remaining tower blocks and low-rise council-built properties have been demolished to make way for new lower level social housing. The 10-story block Broomview House was demolished on Sunday 21 September 2008 by Safedem Ltd. The flats came down at 11:15am in a controlled explosion where a longstanding former resident pushed the ceremonial button to implode the building. The remaining three blocks were demolished on Sunday 25 September 2011, also at 11:15am.
Lothian Buses provides 12 buses to the area:
3 Wester Hailes - Sighthill - Gorgie - Haymarket - Princes Street - Newington - Gilmerton - Dalkeith - Easthouses - Mayfield
18 Gyle Centre - Sighthill - Wester Hailes - Colinton - Oxgangs - Fairmilehead - Gracemount - Gilmerton - Royal Infirmary
- this service is run by First on Weekdays/Saturday and Sundays, while Lothian run Morning and Evening journeys during the week.
20 Ratho - Gyle Centre - Hermiston Gait - Sighthill - Wester Hailes - Kingsknowe - Longstone - Slateford
21 Wester Hailes - Sighthill - Corstorphine - Clermiston - Ferry Road - Leith - Lochend - Portobello - Niddrie - Royal Infirmary
25 Riccarton - Sighthill - Gorgie - Haymarket - Princes Street - Leith - Lochend - Restalrig
32 Wester Hailes - Sighthill - Drum Brae - Davidson's Mains - Muirhouse - Granton
34 Riccarton - Sighthill - Longstone - Slateford - Fountainpark - Lothian Road - Princes Street - Lochend - Leith - Ocean Terminal
35 Edinburgh Airport - Ingliston - Gyle Centre - Sighthill - Slateford - Fountainpark - Bristo Square - Holyrood - Easter Road - Leith - Ocean Terminal
63 Riccarton - Sighthill - Gyle Centre - Ratho Station - Newbridge - Kirkliston - South Queensferry
109 Longstone - Sighthill - Ratho - East Calder - Livingston - Deans South
- This service only runs between 3:30AM till 6:30AM during the week, it is also the only Lothian service to run West Lothian
N25 Riccarton - Hermiston P&R - Sighthill - Gorgie - Haymarket - Leith Street
N34 Riccarton - Hermiston P&R - Sighthill - Longstone - Slateford - Fountainpark - Lothian Road - Leith Street
- Jamie Walker, footballer
- Scott McLaren, soldier from 4th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland killed by the Taliban in July 2011
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