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The local area guide to living in Kirkliston

The small town and parish of Kirkliston lies to the west of Edinburgh above the north bank of the River Almond. It’s one of several towns on the old, historic route between Edinburgh and Linlithgow on the B9080. The town itself is full of history and was even the location of the first recorded Parliament in Scottish history. But now, it’s the parish church that holds most of the town’s history – Kirkliston’s oldest building. With parts of the building over 800 years of age, its architecture really is something special.

Today, the church, town square and the high street all sit in Kirkliston’s conservation area. This has impacted the way the small town has grown, with new housing being built around the edges of the existing village rather than more centrally. Those living here benefit from a wide range of amenities including a library, doctor’s surgery, bowling club, pubs and takeaways, and a popular leisure centre.

Information about the local residents

The population during the time of the 2011 census was recorded as 3,386. A large proportion of the population are over 45, with the median age here being 41.5, and many are retired – almost a fifth of the population at the time of the census. However, Kirklington still remains a great area for today’s youth. In fact, just under a quarter of the population here were under the age of 16 when the census took place.

With its close proximity to Edinburgh, the town has become a popular place to live for commuters working in the city. Almost 70% of the population are in employment, with many holding professional jobs. This means the locality is relatively affluent, with most people owning their own properties and the majority of households owning two or more cars.

Nearby schools

Despite being a relatively small town, Kirkliston does have its own primary school and nursery school. The school and nursery received fantastic feedback in their latest report by Education Scotland in 2015. The assessors highlighted the “high level of support for children and families in the nursery” as well as the “enthusiastic and motivated children who are proud of their school”.

While there aren’t any secondary schools in Kirkliston, there is a variety to choose from in nearby Edinburgh. Good public transportation also promises easy access to these schools. The Royal High School can be reached in 40 minutes by bus and 20 minutes by car. Academic achievement here is good, with 79% school leavers gaining 5+ SQA accredited awards at SCQF L5 or better (National 5). This is compared to national average of 55%. Other secondary school options include Craigmount High School, also located in Edinburgh, and Broxburn Academy, which is a 20 minute drive away.

Getting around

With its close proximity to the city and Edinburgh Airport, it’s easy to travel in and around the region. Initially, the extension to the runway at the Airport caused disruption to the route and began to isolate the city. Now, however, the town is a major route to the Forth Bridge and into the city. Edinburgh Airport itself offers routes to a number of European cities, popular beach destinations, and locations further afield, such as New York City.

Public transport is another popular option here in Kirkliston. The region is serviced by First Buses and Lothian Buses, which offer services to Stirling and onwards to South Queensferry. While Kirkliston doesn’t have its own railway station, Dalmeny Station is located just 2.5 miles away and Edinburgh Station not much further.

Local shops

The small town has a number of amenities and shops, but you’ll need to travel further afield to find supermarkets and High Street stores. In the town itself, there’s a Liston Local Store and ScotMid Co-operative – both of which are suitable for your daily grocery needs. If you’re looking for a Tesco or Asda supermarket, you needn’t travel far. Tesco is around a five minute drive away in Queensferry and Asda in Newbury. There’s also a Lidl supermarket in Broxburn.

For all your fashion, beauty and retail needs, head to one of the nearby towns like Livingston. Of course, Edinburgh is also sure to satisfy all your shopping needs with its variety of shopping malls and unique shopping streets. The popular Princes Street is within eight miles of the town and boasts some of the region’s best shopping, cafes and food establishments.

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