The Safest Areas in Edinburgh: Where to Stay

We've done all the hard work for you, here are the safest areas in Edinburgh (you're welcome)

~

Edinburgh's North Bridge, Scotland

Deciding where to stay in Edinburgh can be something of an overwhelming decision. The city’s different neighbourhoods can feel like mini-cities, with different communities, vibes and atmospheres bubbling within each one. From the grungy, urban industrial port chic of Leith to the more upmarket, bougie and refined likes of Stockbridge and New Town, we’ve done a roundup of all the need-to-knows so you can find the perfect (and safest) areas in Edinburgh for your trip.

The good news is that Edinburgh is a famously walkable city, so you won’t feel removed from the hustle and bustle (lthough you can always take a taxi, we won’t judge). But first thing’s first, whichever neighbourhood you decide is the right match for you and your trip, make sure that you peruse our Plum Guide-approved list of homes in the city. We’ve already checked them out, thanks to our very own expert reviewers, so everything will be perfect as soon as you touch down. No stress. Here are the best areas in Edinburgh if you want to feel truly safe.

Fancy a sneak peek?

Subscribe to Plum Guide’s newsletter for exclusive previews of new homes and insider access to the most sought-after destinations.

By signing up, you agree to our Terms and Privacy policy.

Stockbridge

Picturesque cobbled street of Circus Lane in Stockbridge, with church in the distance, Edinburgh, Scotland

Picturesque cobbled street of Circus Lane in Stockbridge, with church in the distance, Edinburgh, Scotland

Often billed as the trendiest ‘village’ in the whole of Edinburgh, you don’t get more hipster-chic than Stockbridge. Think artisan delis, cheesemongers and coffee shops dotted along cobbled streets featuring a weekly (and delicious) Sunday farmer’s market. You'll find plenty of artsy boutiques and charity shops featuring designer gems here if you’re into that sort of thing. As well as being one of the safest areas in Edinburgh, it is also one of the most sought-after. The area is also close enough to walk into the city centre, with the added benefit of a bit of peace and quiet.

Navy & Brick, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh

Navy & Brick, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh

New Town

If you want to be right in the thick of it, amid the hustle and bustle in the heart of Edinburgh, New Town is the place to be. Despite being built in the 1820s, it is still known as new. (Well, it is next to the Old Town, but we’ll come to that later).

If shopping is your thing or you like to wine and dine, then you’ll love it here. Check out the swish cocktail bars and designer shops on George Street or head to Princes Street for the more mainstream shops. If you can, we’d recommend you stay at least one road behind Princes Street and its famous gardens to avoid the crowds. Transport links (trains, buses, trams or even taxis) are very easy to navigate so you won’t have any trouble staying in the New Town.

Milk Heather, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh

Milk Heather, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh

Old Town and the Royal Mile

People walking along the Royal Mile on a summer afternoon, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

People walking along the Royal Mile on a summer afternoon, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

Old Town is Edinburgh’s historic (and allegedly its most haunted) area. Aside from the potential ghosts, this is considered one of the safest areas in Edinburgh. It's the main tourist area, home to all the must-see landmarks and a bevvy of shops and eateries.

Wandering through Old Town's narrow, twisted and cobbled alleyways, you’ll feel as if you’ve somehow managed to travel back in time. If architecture is your thing, then it’s worth visiting this area to get your fix. The Royal Mile stretches from one royal palace to another – leading from the iconic Edinburgh Castle down the hill towards Holyrood Palace. This part of town is perfect for being close to the action, browsing the tweed and cashmere shops, cosy pubs, museums and fabulous restaurants. Staying in the Old Town means all you need to do is roll out of bed, and you’re right in the thick of it.

A Royal View, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh

A Royal View, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh

Bruntsfield and Morningside

They may be slightly smaller, quieter and further away from the hubbub of Old Town, but these two sister neighbourhoods are certainly still within easy reach by bus from all the action. These elegant neighbourhoods are quite possibly thought of as among the most well-to-do and are filled with independent boutiques, tea rooms, excellent brunch spots and leafy parks. Oh, and of course stunning Victorian and Georgian mansions. One more thing. Remember the fictitious character, Miss Jean Brodie of Muriel Sparks fame? Well, she also resided here helping to make Morningside one of the fanciest postcodes in all of Edinburgh. Bruntsfield, meanwhile, is Morningside’s slightly more boho-chic counterpart. But we think it’s equally lovely.

Leith

Houses on the banks of the Water of Leith reflected in the water on a beautiful summer's day, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

Houses on the banks of the Water of Leith reflected in the water on a beautiful summer's day, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

Compared to the likes New Town and Old Town, Leith's reputation as a family-friendly neighbourhood and foodie hotspot is rather recent. It made its way onto our list of the safest areas in Edinburgh because the port area has undergone massive development over the past few years. Walking down Leith Walk from New Town, you’ll find yourself at the Leith Docks. This was traditionally the roughest part of the city (think Trainspotting). Oh, and speaking of trains, there is no better way to visit the Scottish capital than on one of Trainline's trains to Edinburgh, whatever your wants or needs. Anyway, Leith Docks are now home to the Royal Yacht Brittania, mews dwellings and beautiful balconied apartments. Make sure you try out as many gastronomical delights on offer as possible, particularly Leith’s litany of waterfront restaurants, cafes and shops dotted along The Shore. The area also features a weird and wonderful Saturday market to pick up some extra delicious treats.

The Ironmonger's Store, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh

The Ironmonger's Store, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh

Related Articles

Plum Guide Destination Expert's profile photo

Written by

Rated "EXCELLENT" for a reason

We don’t just list homes, we scrutinise them. Thousands are rejected that don't meet our standards. When you book with Plum, you are guaranteed the best homes for your budget and peace of mind.

Stay in the world's most beautiful homes

Search for a holiday home