Craigleith Quarry

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Craigleith Quarry


This quarry has provided sandstone for buildings in Edinburgh for centuries. It provided stone for Edinburgh Castle in the 17th century and for the New Town in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Quarry was served by sidings from Craigleith Junction, immediately north of Craigleith station. The sidings were on the east side of the line, approached from the south. Initially the sidings were alongside the line, the station's goods yard, but later were laid into the northern part of the quarry.

The quarry is no longer in operation and is largely filled in and built over with the upper part of some extraction faces still evident.