May 21, 2018 Bus, Travel 2 Comments

En Route 21, En Croute

The 21 starts at the Gyle Centre and heads off towards Broomhouse in similar style to the 12, 18 and 22.

Once clear of the various Gyle and Edinburgh Park offices, it winds back towards Corstorphine crossing the route of the 26 then heading up towards Clermiston.

It passes the 1 terminus then heads down towards Queensferry Road, where it picks up the famous 41 route.


The 21 follows through the heart of Davidson’s Mains where I once again timed things incorrectly for a visit to the Corbie.

It then heads straight on leaving the 41 behind and makes its way towards Ferry Road. It joins the 27 route just after it passes the Doocot at Groathill.

It drives through Goldenacre passing the Herringbone and continuing along Ferry Road – as the 27 peels off towards the city centre – to its eastern extremity. There are splendid views across the city from the stretch between Goldenacre and North Leith.

It passes the Victoria Park Hotel, a couple of little cafes, including YoYo’s and Coffee & Cream. Then there’s the Gold Sea and a couple of Chinese takeaways including Ginger Express before the route joins Great Junction Street just after Belly Buster.

Here it picks up the 10 route, then the 300 along Duke Street before brief parallel running with the 12 before it heads up Restalrig Road passing Bijou, East Coast Cured and The Rig.

Further up you pass Torino and Allan’s Bakery.

Allan’s Bakery

The route then crosses the 49 along Sleigh Drive before wending up Craigentinny Avenue and past I&L Fraser before heading towards Portobello down Moira Terrace.

When it reaches Porty High Street and the 26 route, it soon turns off up Brighton Place and past Bonoful and the site of the Portobello Market. Mama Rosa’s is next.

There’s a gap in interesting spots – barring takeaways Canton Cuisine and Mister India – as we drift through Duddingston. We soon cross the route the 4 as we head past the Jewel.

We briefly cross the 2 near the Duddingston Fry before joining the 18 as we head towards Niddrie and Craigmillar.

As with the 18, it heads up past St Theresa’s and on a meandering, residential route towards the Royal Infirmary, where it reaches its terminus.

So overall, the 21 is a wonderfully twisty way to see a range of the city’s neighbourhoods. There’s plenty to eat and drink along the way so give it a look next time you need a wee adventure.

Written by BKR