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A guide to Canonmills, including history, property and amenities.

A highly sought-after area of Edinburgh, located to the South-east of The Royal Botanic Gardens and Inverleith, which dates as far back at 1128. Canonmills was founded after the land was granted to the Canons of Holyrood, who proceed to set up mills on the Water of Leith, used for griding corn to be used by the local bakers; hence the name "Canonmills". Only one mill remains today, which dates back to the early 18th Centuary and has now been converted into offices. Another historical feature of Canonmills is the Canonmills Loch, which is believed to have been a result of the Water of Leith overflowing and filling a natural hollow. The loch was drained in the mid-18th to mid-19th centuaries and homes were build in the area of which it once was.


Canonmills is not too far from Edinburgh's city centre and presents a nice walk from Princes Street. It is all downhill on route there but be prepared for an enduring uphill walk on your way back! Alternatively, Canonmills is a straight drive down Dundas Street, with Lothian Buses number 23 and number 27 buses both heading that way.


Places to Eat & Drink

The Bluebird Cafe - The Bluebird Cafe is a lovely little place to stop for breakfast, lunch or just a coffe with cake. Inspired by the founder and owner's adventures across the East Coast of America (on her Harley Davidson, no less!), you will find a warm welcome, hearty food and good music.

Sugar Daddys Bakery - Edinburgh's very first gluten-free bakery. But with treats so indulgent, you wouldn't even realise they were made with allergies and intolerences in mind. Expect cupcakes, tray bakes and biscuits, all gluten-free and all delicious!


Local Catchment Schools

Primary Schools High Schools
Stockbridge Primary School Broughton High
St Mary's RC Primary School St Thomas of Aquin's High School

Please note: Catchment Schools serve only as a guide. For confirmation of Catchment School you can enter your address into the Edinburgh Council Catchment Area Maps.



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