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The local area guide to living in Currie

Nestled in the heart of Midlothian County, Currie enjoys a semi-rural setting yet is just 7 miles away from Edinburgh’s city centre. This Edinburgh suburb is popular with commuters and retirees alike; with a strong sense of community and excellent schools. Residents can enjoy panoramic views of the Pentland Hills and neighbouring farms dotted with sheep. Its proximity to the countryside makes Currie an ideal location for pursuing cycling, walking, or running. The Water of Leith Walkway is an idyllic local spot for outdoor recreation. The suburb also boasts its own rugby team as well as two youth football teams.

Within the town centre, there are numerous community facilities, shops, cafes, and restaurants. Residents can gather at the local Youth Club or Community Hall. Heriot-Watt University is located in the area, and it provides a lively calendar of events and courses open to the public.

Information about the local residents

The town’s population was 8550 at the time of the 2001 census. This included a total of 3454 houses, which has grown since last count. Currie and its neighbouring areas of Balerno, Riccarton Mains, and Ratho are all considered to be part of Pentland Hills Ward. They are relatively affluent, in comparison both to the rest of Midlothian as well as Scotland. Pentland Hills ward residents report a higher level of well-being and affluence than the national average.

The unemployment rate in this ward is just over 2%, which is lower than the Edinburgh average. Currie itself falls within the least 10% deprived areas in the country. Currie residents also enjoy good health, on par with the Edinburgh averages. Nearly 9 out of 10 residents of Pentland Hills ward reported being in good or fair health.

Nearby schools

Families in Currie benefit from two primary schools and one secondary school. Currie High Schools is a non-denominational comprehensive school, and was designated a Green Flag Eco-School in 2004. Students at the S1-3 level receive a broad education, while at the senior school pupils can choose from a vast range of Advanced Highers. In a March 2016 report, Education Scotland noted that the school offered many strengths. These included a high level of motivation from students as well as a strong collegiate culture.

Primary students may attend Currie Primary School or Nether Currie Primary School. Currie Primary offers a nursery class for families with younger children. Heriot-Watt University is also located in the area, housed in the former Riccarton Estate. It provides higher education, yet also is an important local employer.

Getting around

Edinburgh’s city centre is only a short drive away. The A70 runs through the Currie area, and the City of Edinburgh bypass is close to the town centre. Those travelling to Glasgow will find the M8 motorway 2 miles to the north, while the Edinburgh Airport is 4 miles to the north.

Yet many choose to commute using Edinburgh’s extensive public transport system, which reaches Currie. Lothian Buses provides regular services into Edinburgh, via routes 44 or 45. The town also boasts its own railway station at Curriehill. This provides swift links into both Edinburgh and Glasgow city centres. From Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, there are numerous daily train services to destinations throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Local shops

Currie’s high street offers a traditional appearance combined with numerous modern amenities and shops. When it’s time to stock up on groceries, residents can enjoy the local deli, an Iceland, and a Co-Operative supermarket. Local independent businesses include Mark McGill Butchers and Bayne’s Family Bakers, offering fresh and tempting fare. Bookshops, coffee shops, takeaways, and newsagents are also available. The Westside Plaza shopping centre is near the town centre, and in addition to shops it includes a Gala Bingo and Odeon Cineplex for entertainment.

Naturally, for additional shopping opportunities it’s only a short journey into Edinburgh’s city centre. Residents can enjoy the brand names lining Princes Street or visit shopping centres like Ocean Terminal.

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