Almond encompasses a large area of north west Edinburgh,
combining both urban and relatively rural areas. It comprises a
number of smaller and quite distinct communities, each with a
strong local identity. These include - Cramond, South
Queensferry and the surrounding area, Ratho Station and Newbridge,
Kirkliston and Gateside, Davidson Mains and Silverknowes. Around
26,000 people live in this area.
Key landmarks in the area include the Forth Bridge and Road
Bridge. The coastline along the the Forth Estuary which is of major
environmental significance: local heritage sites, including Roman
remains. The area is well supplied with parks and green spaces,
with access to the coast and beach around Cramond and
Both industry and tourism play an important role in the local
economy. Edinburgh Airport is located in Almond and there are firm
plans for the Airport to to expand over the next 15 - 20 years.
A Strategic Location
Much of Almond is recognised as being of key importance for
future economic develoment. It occupies a strategic location in the
Central belt, close to major centres of population well beyond the
Ward boundary and is within commuting distance, not just of
Edinburgh, but a number of locations further West and into Fife.
There are firm proposals for enhanced rail links connecting to the
Edinburgh tram network. Future developments around Edinburgh
Airport and the new Forth Crossing are likely to have a significant
impact on the physical development of the area.