|From:||Cameron Toll, Edinburgh (NT275713)|
|Distance:||4.6 miles (7.4 km)|
|Meets:||A7, A6106, A1, B6415, A199|
|Old route now:||B6415|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6095 is about 5 miles long on a largely east-west alignment, being shared by the city of Edinburgh and Musselburgh in the East Lothian Council area. It is totally built up, but while by no means a fast road it provides a useful link between the city's southern suburbs and places to the east.
Cameron Toll - Musselburgh
From west to east, we start at the Cameron Toll roundabout on the A7 (ex-A68), at the point where the South Suburban Railway crosses on an overbridge. The line no longer carries passenger traffic, though indefinite plans exist for this to return, but provides a useful freight route avoiding Waverley station. In about half a mile this railway passes underneath, then we come to a light-controlled crossroads with an unclassified road; the limb to the left leads to the salubrious village-within-the-city of Duddingston, that to the right to the ruins of Craigmillar Castle on a rocky summit. This is the start of the anything-but-salubrious suburb of Craigmillar, urban deprivation much in evidence. Though a lot of redevelopment is taking place both here and in Niddrie, the next district along, there's a lot still to be done.
After Niddrie comes a light-controlled crossing with the A6106 between Portobello and Sheriffhall, then shortly a pair of roundabouts close together give access to Fort Kinnaird, one of Edinburgh's edge of town shopping complexes. Immediately afterwards there is a diamond GSJ with the A1, with full slip roads controlled by lights on either side of the bridge taking it overhead. This is the Newcraighall junction, with the village and its P&R railway station, linked to the city centre by an overbridge, following shortly. Another rail overbridge is reached, then we pass over the ECML and into East Lothian. Another roundabout gives access to the drive into the grounds of Newhailes House, well worth visiting. The property is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and in safe hands, but for many years it was neglected and suffered increasing dilapidation. This gives a flavour of why Newhailes is so special:
Newhailes is an amazing survival story. This means you can experience this dignified 17th-century home and its 18th-century additions in authentic condition. With much of the original decorative scheme - the Chinese hand-painted wallpaper, painted woodwork and furnishings - surviving intact, the interiors have mellowed beautifully, adding greatly to the character of the house. Newhailes is also a unique achievement in conservation terms. Rather than attempt to re-create an immaculate dwelling, the Trust has worked hard to keep the house untouched by modern hands.
After Newhailes, the rest of Musselburgh is distinctly mundane. At a final roundabout, the B6415 leads north to Fisherrow, the harbour area, along the original route of the A6095, and the present A6095 follows the line of a disused railway towards the town centre to the east. The B6415 has multiplexed along this stretch, and it now leaves on the right to the Old Craighall junction where the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass has its eastern end on the A1. Our road crosses the River Esk, runs along its eastern bank and ends at traffic lights where the A199 has a TOTSO in the town centre. A few yards further on marks the start of the A6124 on its route south to the A68 and Fordel.
Original Author(s): Ian198