|From:||East Preston Street, Edinburgh (NT264724)|
|To:||Princes Street, Edinburgh (NT247736)|
|Via:||Melville Drive, Lothian Road|
|Distance:||1.5 miles (2.4 km)|
|Meets:||A7, A701, A702, B700, A8|
|Route outline (key)|
Being both small and sparsely populated for the most part, the 7-zone has the luxury of being able to use its three-digit numbers on roads that would probably not merit them elsewhere. The A700 is a case in point, running for only a mile and a half across the south side of Edinburgh city centre, connecting the A7 at East Preston Street with the A8 at the west end of Princes Street.
At the A7 end there is a short stretch west along West Preston Street then north along Summerhill Place, but the main length of the road is approximately west then north west along Melville Drive, running along the south side of the Meadows, a popular piece of open parkland. To the south of the road is the student area of Marchmont, which then gives way to Bruntsfield Links, another piece of parkland which was once reputedly the oldest golf course in Scotland. This makes the road rather attractive since it is flanked by open space on both sides; alas, not for long, as Melville Drive becomes Brougham Place which is built-up on both sides. This leads to the signal-controlled Tollcross junction, with the A702 to the left for Biggar, then the A700 heads nearly north along Earl Grey Street and Lothian Road.
On this stretch is the final classified road to be met, the B700 (Morrison Street) to the left for Haymarket (where the A8 for Glasgow and the A70 for Lanark diverge), then comes the unclassified West Approach Road, again to the left; this is largely on the path of disused railway lines and leads to the A71 for Kilmarnock and again to the A70. A final couple of hundred yards brings the A700 to an end, on the A8 where Shandwick Place and Princes Street meet.