Buckstone Park Playground

{Edinburgh} Buckstone Park Playground & Woods

Last updated 24 March 2024

This past weekend, we went on a day trip to the South of Edinburgh, to check out a couple of parks and playgrounds we hadn’t been to before. Our first stop was Buckstone Park, near Fairmilehead Crossroads. The playground there is a little tired looking, and some of the equipment had pieces missing, but apparently there is already a consultation in process to improve it so we won’t be too harsh in our judgement*. While it didn’t hold my 11 year old’s attention for long, my 7 year old wanted to stay longer, so I guess that speaks in its favour.

*Update: We last visited in March 2024, almost two years after the initial review. Some of the play equipment has had a lick of paint, but it doesn’t look like anything else has changed or been updated yet.

Buckstone Park Playground

The big thing Buckstone Park has going for it, is that it’s surrounded by woodland. This is not immediately evident if you look on Google Maps, unless you switch to satellite view and then – boom! – woodland everywhere (update: the regular Google Maps view now shows some of the woodland, but the satellite view is still more detailed).

Buckstone Park Woods

A friend of mine gave me the tip that you can actually walk from Buckstone Park through the woods to the nearby Seven Acre Park. If you ask Google Maps, it will try to take you back along the main road, but the woodland walk is much nicer and also shorter. So you can make a day trip out of it and visit both parks. I’ll probably do a separate post on the walk itself, with more detailed directions, so keep your eyes open for that.


Playground Stats

Name: Buckstone Park
Location: Buckstone,South Edinburgh
Map coordinates: 55.90448, -3.1957
Best for: Toddlers, Juniors
Ground cover: Rubber, 
Rating: Neutral
Last visited: 24 March 2024

Play Equipment

  • Swing
  • Basket swing
  • Toddler swings
  • Roundabout
  • Toddler play unit with climbing features and slide
  • Multi-play unit with net, climbing features, balancing bridge and slide


  • Benches
  • Woodland

How to get there

Buckstone Park is located in the South of Edinburgh. There are a few buses that stop just a short stop away.

Closest Bus Stop

No. 4, 11 & 15 Lothian Bus: Fairmilehead Crossroads (8-10 minute walk)

Check out our A to Z map of public playgrounds in Edinburgh to plan your next playground visit, and let us know your favourites that you think we should check out in the comments below!

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