Official Guide to Edinburgh

Why

Bruntsfield Golf Course

Although they are geographically close together, Bruntsfield and Morningside have different 'personalities' and histories.

The history of Morningside

Morningside was formerly an agricultural village and was developed into a residential suburb around 200 years ago. Wealthier citizens of Edinburgh built great villas and mansions on large plots as local estates were later subdivided.

Some of the older buildings in the area have been redeveloped and reused over time, including the Old School House (now a church venue), the Church Hill Theatre (formerly a church - on a hill), and even Morningside Library was built on the site of the old smiddy.

Nowadays, Morningside is a paradise of charming cafes, specialist food retailers and charity shops full of vintage and designer fashions. It's most famous fictional inhabitants include Muriel Spark's Miss Jean Brodie, and Maisie the Cat.

Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

The history of Bruntsfield

Bruntsfield is closer to the city and home of one of Scotland's earliest golf courses. The history of the area from the 19th century is similar to Morningside, but before then, Bruntsfield House was part of a grand estate, and later owned by the prominent Warrender family.

In modern times, Bruntsfield is home to a younger population, including many students of Napier University, whose Merchiston Campus is in the area, and the University of Edinburgh.

The Links are now a great spot for a summer barbecue, or to wrap up warm and watch the fireworks from Edinburgh Castle. You can also rent clubs from The Golf Tavern if you fancy a round on the short-hole golf course.