Fairmilehead Park Playground

{Edinburgh} Fairmilehead Park Playground

We did a lot of day trips during the Easter holidays. I had promised by boys a ‘down day’ in between day trips, except I find it hard to just sit around and relax doing nothing, so my idea of a down day was to jump on a bus and visit a new playground. My eldest could not be convinced to come along, but my 8 yr old was tempted in the end.

Fairmilehead Park

Fairmilehead Park is in the south of Edinburgh, and it took us less than 20 minutes to get there from our house, including a 10 minute bus ride. The decent sized park includes a fairly new playground, that was rebuilt in 2011, with play equipment for toddlers, juniors and teenagers. 

Fairmilehead Park Playground

There’s a large climbing net structure and slide, a zip line, swings, and a few other pieces of play equipment (see gallery and details below). Outside of the playground, within the park, there’s also some further fitness/ play equipment for older children, as well as a basketball hoop and football goal posts. 

My son gave this playground a thumbs up rating – it had a good variety of play equipment for different ages (he especially liked the big climbing net and slide), and was fairly easy to get to from our house.


Playground Stats

Name: Fairmilehead Park
Location: South Edinburgh
Map coordinates: 55.9067291,-3.2142389
Best for: Toddlers, Juniors, Teenagers
Ground cover: Wood chips
Rating: Thumbs up
Last visited: 14 April 2023

Play Equipment

  • Large pyramid with climbing nets and slide
  • Swings
  • Toddler swings
  • Basket swing
  • Rotating net roundabout
  • Wobble board
  • Climbing wall
  • Zip line


  • Benches
  • Picnic table
  • Large grassed area for playing
  • Fitness equipment (in the park)
  • Basketball hoop
  • Goal posts for football

How to get there

The closest bus stop is Pentland View on X road (Lothian Buses 11 & 15, and Houston Coaches 101 & 102). From there it’s around a 5 minute walk to the playground. Go down Pentland View, and then turn left in to Colmestone Gate. It looks like you are walking in to a dead end residential street, but right at the end there’s a path between the last two houses that leads through a wooded area to the park. Just follow that path until you see the playground. 

Fairmilehead Park Route

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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