En Route 300, En Croute
The 300 Skylink service recently replaced the much loved, wonderfully weird and twisty 35. It runs broadly the same route from the Airport to Ocean Terminal.
From an airport start, it belts along the road when given a chance with the first sign of civilisation coming with a far off sighting of the Gyle Centre where the bus eventually stops.
From there it’s a similar route to the 18, past Edinburgh Park and South Gyle, then it heads up to Bankhead and Sighthill.
You get a closer look at Beijing Banquet then toddle past Oz Cafe Bistro before arriving at Saughton Mains.
Slateford Road brings Jashan’s and McGill’s bakery, before Marmaris Grill, Hungry Henry’s, Taste Good, and New Hot Pot.
You then speed past the Caley Sample Room and the Diggers before picking up the 1 route along Dundee Street.
Things deviate around Lothian Road with the 27 route picked up at Tollcross. After crossing the 41 route briefly, there’s a turnoff along Chambers Street where you spin past Revolution and the Museum, before joining South Bridge along the route of the 5.
It heads down the Royal Mile past the dreadful Cafe Edinburgh (formerly Dino’s), then the Carrubers Cafe, Whiski Bar, Edinburgh Larder, Salt Horse, Monteith’s, the World’s End, the White Horse Seafood and Oyster Bar, the Canon’s Gait, the splendid Wedgwood, the Food n Flea market, Sugarhouse Sandwiches, Bene’s chipshop, Oink, Cafe Vivo, Cafe Truva, Clarinda’s tearoom, Kilderkin, and Pancho Villa’s, before heading up Abbeyhill and picking up the 1 route down Easter Road to my current abode.
Where the 1 terminates, the 300 goes along Duke Street passing Twelve Triangles Kitchen Table, Armaan’s Tasty Bites, Bombay Spice, the execrable Duke Cafe, and the Lioness of Leith before joining Great Junction Street and the route of the 10. It then turns down Henderson Street and along The Shore, then joins route 16 before terminating at Ocean Terminal.
So overall, the 300 was an unexpected bus route pleasure as I’d forgotten I had the chance to play with the buses after disembarking my flight home from Belfast. It remains one of the most diverse routes through the city and one that you can now enjoy on freshly liveried buses with helpful commentary to make things clear for travellers new to the city. Give it a go soon.