Trinity, Edinburgh - Where the sea meets the city...
To the north of Edinburgh lies Trinity, an area of striking contrasts. From leafy, suburban prosperity to its humble, water side maritime dwellings, it manages to pack a lot of historical punch into a surprisingly small area.
With the draw of the ocean, it’s combination of historical affluence and modern convenience, it’s not surprising that Trinity is one of Edinburgh’s most sort after locations.
Trinity underwent most of its development in the early nineteenth century becoming a mansion district for wealthy city dwellers who were looking for second homes. It used to be part of neighbouring Leith until it became its own district, taking it’s name from Trinity House which owned and oversaw a great deal of the local farm land.
The architecture of the area highlights the periods of affluence in by gone times. There is the fascinating contrast between tenements and smaller dwellings built for workers and the mansions which still exude the wealth of their original occupants.
Princes Street is approximately two miles south from Trinity and yet is still easily accessible by car or bus. The Ferry Road provides convenient routes to the city centre, as does the number 23 bus which can be caught from Lomond Park.
Shopping and entertainment
The facade of grand mansions and leafy suburbia may give the false impression that there is a lack of modernity. On the contrary. From fashionable boutiques to retailers with the latest electronics, waterside bars and restaurants to a twelve screen cinema, Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre has all the amenities one could desire.
There are shops on near by South Trinity Road and Ferry road, the latter boasting supermarkets, banks and other amenities.
If you’re feeling sporty Lomond Park has tennis and bowling facilities and there are beautiful walks along the Firth of Forth and for when the weather makes indoor exercise the only option, there is a David Lloyd health club close by in Newhaven.
The area has a range of eateries which cover most budgets from pub grub to fine dining.
With outdoor seating and dogs welcome, the Old Chain Peer is an excellent place to watch the ocean whilst tucking into a plate of their acclaimed fish and chips.
For more traditional dining there is Victoria Park House Hotel which offers both the Gosford Bar, where one can enjoy light snacks, whiskies and ales, and the Otterstone Bar & Grill which comes highly recommended by its local clientele.
There is also a selection of excellent restaurants covering a variety of cuisines at Newhaven Harbour and still more choice at Ocean Terminal.
Trinity falls within the catchment area of Trinity Primary School and Holy Cross RC Primary. For children of secondary age there is Trinity Academy and St Thomas of Aquin’s RC High.
With such a wonderful balance of traditional and modern, easy access to the rest of the city and the allure of the near by ocean, Trinity is a place of evocative and tempting contrasts.