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Living in Newbridge: The local area guide

Newbridge is a village on the outskirts of Edinburgh, surrounded by rolling green countryside and conveniently located just a mile from Edinburgh’s international airport. It’s located within Kirkliston Parish, and is ideally situated for travel throughout the city and Midlothian County. Together with neighbouring community, Ratho Station, Newbridge’s population at the time of the 2011 census was just over 1000 residents in total. This allows it to retain a small village atmosphere, with a strong sense of community and excellent transport links. Residents enjoy sweeping country views and access to the traditional historic towns that dot the Midlothian region, along with all of the attractions of urban Edinburgh at the same time. Services in town include a bowling club, hotels, and bank branches, along with a few basic retail outlets.


This town and neighbouring Ratho Station are both popular with young families. In fact, the majority of residents would fall into the age range of 30-59, skewing slightly younger than the national average. There is a high percentage of young children under the age of 12, and the average age overall is 39. The 2011 census found that 97% of residents were white, making it less ethnically diverse than Edinburgh as a whole. The most common occupational groups include supervisory positions as well as higher or intermediate managerial, administrative, and professional roles. Most residents of working age commute into Edinburgh city centre.


Newbridge and Ratho Station families can send their children to Hillwood Primary School, which has the motto of being ‘the small school with the big heart.’ In the latest 2014-2015 academic year, this small school offered one nursery class as well as three primary classes. Teachers can make use of the rural setting, and the school offers a large garden area for all ages as well as sports pitches and picnic areas.

Craigmount High School is the closest secondary school for Newbridge residents. According to Education Scotland, Craigmount scored a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ in the majority of categories on its latest inspection report. Strengths included its varied curriculum.


One of the factors that Newbridge is most known for is its excellent range of transportation options. Whether you prefer public transport or drive your own vehicle, Newbridge offers many choices. Its roundabout is one of the busiest in Scotland, connecting the M8 and M9 motorways. Those who wish to transfer from one to the other can use a convenient underpass to avoid this busy roundabout. From here, the A8 connects Edinburgh’s city centre with Newbridge. Those traveling to central Waverley Station can reach the centre in just half an hour. The Edinburgh Airport terminal is only a mile away, which makes Newbridge very convenient for international travel.

First and Lothian buses operates several lines running through the area. These travel between central Edinburgh and Bathgate, Linlithgow, and Livingston, stopping in Newbridge’s town centre. At the moment, Edinburgh’s tram is still under construction. However, there are plans for Newbridge to be the western terminus on Line 2 when this line is completed.

Amenities and shopping

Although all of the big-name shopping of Princes Street in central Edinburgh is a short drive away, Newbridge offers its own retail experience along its high street. Antique enthusiasts can hunt for treasures at Gran’s Trunk Shop, while Grove Bedding is useful for home furnishings. The ‘Luxury Car Village’ is located in Newbridge, where you can find a bevy of car dealerships concentrated in one place. This includes Volkswagen, Toyota, and more. With Newbridge’s popularity with those passing through for onward travel, services here include a McDonald’s, Gregg’s, petrol station, and convenience minimart.

Craigie’s Farm Shop and Café is located in the countryside just 12 minutes outside of Newbridge, offering more unique fare for those in search of local produce. The café serves locally sourced delicacies, and there’s an extensive selection of Scottish cheese, condiments, and preserves to enjoy.

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