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Kiwidoug

I'm thinking of moving back to Scotland this year and settling somewhere in Midlothian.  A place that's always taken my fancy is Dalkeith.

 

I've checked a few websites and house prices seem to be very favourable.

 

My question is can any of you tell me a bit about the place.  Is it a bit run down or is it thriving?  Does it have a friendly and welcoming reputation?  Is there much entertainment - cinemas etc.

 

Any advice would be much appreciated.  Websites are great but they lack the personal touch.

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Alan_R

Midlothian as you are probably aware is old mining towns.

Ive lived in Easthouses, Mayfield and Newtongrange (all surrounding area of dalkeith)

Transport links are good. Plenty supermarkets. So day to day living is decent. I've grew up in and like the area. Its great for say raising a family. Generally its pretty friendly.

As for the town (s) themselves its a bit tired. pubs and shops are no-frills. Theres a few swimming pools/gyms in the area but nearest cinema is a short drive away at fort kinnaird shopping centre.

Eskbank is the posher part of dalkeith if you have deep pockets also Bonnyrigg is the in place at the minute (terms of housing) its seems to be considered a bit more up market due to all the new builds but under the surface its much the same as other nearby areas.

Hope that helps. They'll be loads on here from the area i'd imagine.

 

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Dino Velvet

You want to move from new Zealand to dalkeith? Are you ****ing mad? 

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milky_26
14 minutes ago, Dino Velvet said:

You want to move from new Zealand to dalkeith? Are you ****ing mad? 

the only reason i could think is he is being deported

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Dawnrazor
17 minutes ago, Dino Velvet said:

You want to move from new Zealand to dalkeith? Are you ****ing mad? 

????

That's exactly what I thought! 

 

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Craig_
21 minutes ago, Dino Velvet said:

You want to move from new Zealand to dalkeith? Are you ****ing mad? 

 

Not even the strangest thing on this thread. 

 

Bonnyrigg? Posh?! Goodness me. 

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Auld Reekin'
12 minutes ago, milky_26 said:

the only reason i could think is he is being deported

 

NZ Witness Protection Scheme: no-one would ever think of looking for him in Dalkeith...

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graygo

Doug, is it not Dalkeith in Perth WA that you are meaning?

 

Seriously, if you had asked the question 10 years ago most folk would have told you not to be silly to think about moving to Dalkeith, today there a lot of new estates that are fine although maybe lacking facilities but it is close enough to them and easilly accessable with brilliant transport links with being close to the city bypass and the new rail line being opened.

 

 

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dozy dick the dooman

Grew up in  Dalkeith   And it's a no from me  

 

stay at where you are 

 

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jake

If you are looking to go a bit more upmarket try Wester Hailes.

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IronJambo

Wish I hadn't opened this thread now. Bonnyrigg being touted as more upmarket ?

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Debut 4
52 minutes ago, jake said:

If you are looking to go a bit more upmarket try Wester Hailes.

Lol. 

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Phil Dunphy

Meh, it's a standard small Scottish town.

 

Town centre is full of bookies and charity shops, few slack jawed yokels wandering around and some nice new houses on the outskirts. There are probably worse places to live than Dalkeith and worse places to bring up your kids, but I wouldn't say there's anything that sets it apart from anywhere else in Scotland.

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Section Q
4 hours ago, Kiwidoug said:

I'm thinking of moving back to Scotland this year and settling somewhere in Midlothian.  A place that's always taken my fancy is Dalkeith.

 

I've checked a few websites and house prices seem to be very favourable.

 

My question is can any of you tell me a bit about the place.  Is it a bit run down or is it thriving?  Does it have a friendly and welcoming reputation?  Is there much entertainment - cinemas etc.

 

Any advice would be much appreciated.  Websites are great but they lack the personal touch.

Did the same move a few years ago but still have a house in Sydney. Not a bad time for you to move Doug, NZ dollar riding high and property in Midlothian still affordable. Best of luck...!

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Alan_R
3 hours ago, Craig_ said:

 

Not even the strangest thing on this thread. 

 

Bonnyrigg? Posh?! Goodness me. 

Read it again champ, never said that ? boomtown

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Alan_R
1 hour ago, IronJambo said:

Wish I hadn't opened this thread now. Bonnyrigg being touted as more upmarket ?

Every man and their dug seems to want a new build up there at the mo!

 

It's not my preference but if you are not from the area it does seem the 'in' place just now (mainly due to the new builds) don't think that's unfair comment.

 

I quietly pointed out not to be sucked in by that, least that was my meaning.

 

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luckyBatistuta

Hillhead in Bonnyrigg:thumb: Broomieknowe Golf Cub on your doorstep too:thumb:

 

 

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heartsfc_fan
5 hours ago, Kiwidoug said:

I'm thinking of moving back to Scotland this year and settling somewhere in Midlothian.  A place that's always taken my fancy is Dalkeith.

 

I've checked a few websites and house prices seem to be very favourable.

 

My question is can any of you tell me a bit about the place.  Is it a bit run down or is it thriving?  Does it have a friendly and welcoming reputation?  Is there much entertainment - cinemas etc.

 

Any advice would be much appreciated.  Websites are great but they lack the personal touch.

It has its "areas". Nothing wrong with the place.

The Eskbank and Newbattle areas of Dalkeith are nice. Some impressive houses both old and new.

Avoid Woodburn though....

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graygo
1 minute ago, heartsfc_fan said:

It has its "areas". Nothing wrong with the place.

The Eskbank and Newbattle areas of Dalkeith are nice. Some impressive houses both old and new.

Avoid Woodburn though....

 

The new builds to the South and East of Woodburn are fine.

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jake

Wester Hailes has a shopping centre.

A pool with a diving pool.

15 minutes by bus to Tynecastle.

Easy access to all major routes.

 

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The Frenchman Returns
11 minutes ago, jake said:

Wester Hailes has a shopping centre.

A pool with a diving pool.

15 minutes by bus to Tynecastle.

Easy access to all major routes.

 

and a cinema

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jake
44 minutes ago, The Frenchman Returns said:

and a cinema

Exactly

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Ferris Bueller

Daul-keith

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Lemongrab

Mayfield seems like a nice area.

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Smithee
10 minutes ago, Ferris Bueller said:

Daul-keith

Correct

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graygo
33 minutes ago, Ferris Bueller said:

Daul-keith

 

23 minutes ago, Smithee said:

Correct

 

:getout:

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Kiwidoug

Thanks for all that.  The move may never happen but if it does take place, much of Edinburgh will be a bit pricey for me.

 

Dalkeith has it all over NZ in terms of proximity to Tynecastle.  What could be more important?

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Erik
4 hours ago, Kiwidoug said:

Dalkeith has it all over NZ in terms of proximity to Tynecastle.  What could be more important?

 

So does Lochend, doesn't mean you should move there though lol :lol:

 

Anyways, Dalkeith...... the country park is nice and they've spent a lot of money on the 'Restoration Yard' there, nice place to visit.

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Governor Tarkin
9 hours ago, Phil Dunphy said:

Meh, it's a standard small Scottish town.

 

Town centre is full of bookies and charity shops, few slack jawed yokels wandering around and some nice new houses on the outskirts. There are probably worse places to live than Dalkeith and worse places to bring up your kids, but I wouldn't say there's anything that sets it apart from anywhere else in Scotland.

 

This is the long and short of it.

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IronJambo
9 hours ago, Alan_R said:

Every man and their dug seems to want a new build up there at the mo!

 

It's not my preference but if you are not from the area it does seem the 'in' place just now (mainly due to the new builds) don't think that's unfair comment.

 

I quietly pointed out not to be sucked in by that, least that was my meaning.

 

They're building all over because they finally got the go ahead to build on land that would never be built on. Loanheids just a bawhair away from being joined onto Edinburgh now. Loads of new houses there too. It's still a craphole as well. These places need more than new houses that are barely even attached to them to make them look attractive. The town centres are a huge giveaway to anyone that doesn't know them. 

Folk are only moving to these places as they're an affordable compromise that's in close reach of Edinburgh.

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Joey J J Jr Shabadoo

Alan R and Phil Dunphy are spot on in their assessments. Dalkeith is just an average Scottish town. Public transport and close proximity to Edinburgh and the airport also a boost. The pubs are shit, but some decent restaurants (if you ignore the cavaliere).

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Locky

Lived there for about a year. Not for me in the end. Very affordable housing, and there's parts that aren't that bad at all, but the town is over run with chavs and wee wannabe gangsters. Another big thing for me was I moved out there for my girlfriend who's from there, but my work, social life and football were all in Edinburgh and the travelling wore me down.

 

I'm in Musselburgh now. Much prefer it to Dalkeith. Little bit more expensive I think but generally better IMO. More amenities and better pubs, restaurants etc. And even better for transport and commuting to Edinburgh. Still rather live in the town though.

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EIEIO
21 hours ago, Kiwidoug said:

I'm thinking of moving back to Scotland this year and settling somewhere in Midlothian.  A place that's always taken my fancy is Dalkeith.

 

I've checked a few websites and house prices seem to be very favourable.

 

My question is can any of you tell me a bit about the place.  Is it a bit run down or is it thriving?  Does it have a friendly and welcoming reputation?  Is there much entertainment - cinemas etc.

 

Any advice would be much appreciated.  Websites are great but they lack the personal touch.

Have a look at West Lothian Doug similar pricing to Mid but better roads    eg M8, M9 and more railway lines and stations. Linlithgow probably only properly hot spot (ie dear) lots of new builds in East Calder and Winchburgh village both around 11 miles from tynecastle park.

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Fun Boaby
10 hours ago, Joey J J Jr Shabadoo said:

Alan R and Phil Dunphy are spot on in their assessments. Dalkeith is just an average Scottish town. Public transport and close proximity to Edinburgh and the airport also a boost. The pubs are shit, but some decent restaurants (if you ignore the cavaliere).

The Cavaliere has been established for years and is still successful. Its outlasted plenty of competition so can’t be that bad.

 

depends what you expect from pubs but as someone who is in most of them regulary I’d say they are not that bad 

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Morgan
On 07/02/2019 at 20:27, Dino Velvet said:

You want to move from new Zealand to dalkeith? Are you ****ing mad? 

@Kiwidoug is clearly a Hibs supporter.

 

::troll::

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jake
4 hours ago, EIEIO said:

Have a look at West Lothian Doug similar pricing to Mid but better roads    eg M8, M9 and more railway lines and stations. Linlithgow probably only properly hot spot (ie dear) lots of new builds in East Calder and Winchburgh village both around 11 miles from tynecastle park.

Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

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Dunks
On 07/02/2019 at 19:27, Dino Velvet said:

You want to move from new Zealand to dalkeith? Are you ****ing mad? 

 

:spoton:

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Der Kaiser

I taught at Dalkeith High.......

 

If most of the pupils I had the honour of meeting achieved predominantly burger flipping jobs post school that would be a massive achievement for them.

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gjcc
48 minutes ago, Der Kaiser said:

I taught at Dalkeith High.......

 

If most of the pupils I had the honour of meeting achieved predominantly burger flipping jobs post school that would be a massive achievement for them.

 

New McDonald’s at Hardengreen might help that. 

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Shrekeo
On 07/02/2019 at 21:42, IronJambo said:

Wish I hadn't opened this thread now. Bonnyrigg being touted as more upmarket ?

 

Iron(mills) Jambo??

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Shrekeo
22 hours ago, Ferris Bueller said:

Daul-keith

 

“Daul-keef? you ken there’s a surcharge aye..........”

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Legend Claws

Try Queensferry. Great wee town with a supermarket, pubs, bars and restaurants. 15 mins on train into Edinburgh. Brilliant walks etc. 25 min drive into Edinburgh.

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Hairdryer

Try kirkliston nice little town with plenty of new houses also easily accessible to Edinburgh 

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Jambomb

I’d second Queensferry and Kirkliston, but if Dalkeith area is preference I think Nitten would be good shout with Train Station now, and new housing Lived there as a teenager and hated it, if only it had a train then!! 

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Joey J J Jr Shabadoo
13 hours ago, Fun Boaby said:

The Cavaliere has been established for years and is still successful. Its outlasted plenty of competition so can’t be that bad.

 

depends what you expect from pubs but as someone who is in most of them regulary I’d say they are not that bad 

Fair enough. The Cavaliere is shit, though. Couldn't even cook a calzone properly, last time I was in (after the Celtic semi). The pubs are OK, but none stand out, the Black Bull is probably the best, IMO, but all just offer a variety of cooking lager & best (and a great pint off 80 in the Bull).

Edited by Joey J J Jr Shabadoo

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BarneyBattles
12 minutes ago, Jambomb said:

I’d second Queensferry and Kirkliston, but if Dalkeith area is preference I think Nitten would be good shout with Train Station now, and new housing Lived there as a teenager and hated it, if only it had a train then!! 

 

Been in nitten for 7 years, on the estate on the old star ground just over the railway behind the dean. Love it as do the family.  

 

It was bandit country back back in the 70s though. 

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pablo

I guess much would depend on how you plan to engage with the local area? If it's just the house, it probably doesn't matter where it is.

 

A guy I work with from Corstorphine moved somewhere near Straiton/Loanhead 18 months ago to a big new build house. Apparently him and his wife have never stepped foot on a high street, used a local pub/takeaway/shop in all that time.

 

They still both work and do all their socialising in Edinburgh. 

 

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IronJambo
11 hours ago, Shrekeo said:

 

Iron(mills) Jambo??

It's a West Ham reference. I'm in Berkshire these days.

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davemclaren
16 minutes ago, pablo said:

I guess much would depend on how you plan to engage with the local area? If it's just the house, it probably doesn't matter where it is.

 

A guy I work with from Corstorphine moved somewhere near Straiton/Loanhead 18 months ago to a big new build house. Apparently him and his wife have never stepped foot on a high street, used a local pub/takeaway/shop in all that time.

 

They still both work and do all their socialising in Edinburgh. 

 

I think this is common. I’ve lived in Bonnyrigg most of my life and hardly use the town centre apart from the odd bit of shopping and ordering a takeaway. Mostly socialise locally in Lasswade ( a short bus/walk away ) at the Papermill, Laird and Dog and, now, Luci’s. Apart from Beetroot the pubs in Bonnyrigg are your typicsl drinking shops for ‘locals’. 

 

Edingburgh city centre is a short drive, bus or train ride away ( 5 mins to drive to the station ). Like most of the Midlothian towns Bonnyrigg has grown significantly in the last twenty years to be, effectively, outer Edinburgh. That growth doesn’t look like stopping any time soon. 

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Craig_
3 hours ago, Legend Claws said:

Try Queensferry. Great wee town with a supermarket, pubs, bars and restaurants. 15 mins on train into Edinburgh. Brilliant walks etc. 25 min drive into Edinburgh.

 

Can't argue with that. Been out here for almost seven years, love it. Not many places where you can take in breathtaking views within a five minute walk. Plenty of boozers, restaurants, cafes etc too. 

 

Lot of nice houses being built on Kirkliston, but not much happening on the high street. Schools not quite come to terms with increased population either, if that's a factor. 

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