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Kings Buildings to Potterrow

The University of Edinburgh, Mayfield Road to Potterrow, Edinburgh

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Route Information

  • This route goes from the King's Buildings campus to Potterrow in the central area campus.
  • The route is 1.6 miles and uses public transport.
  • This route will take approximately 10 minutes.
  • The route is not a loop, but it can be taken in reverse using the same public transport options.
  • The route leads along Mayfield Road and then uses public transport to Potterrow.
  • The route then leads along Potterrow, Marshall Street and Bistro Square.
  • The majority of paths along the route are tarmac with some easy gradients in places.
  • There is campus parking at the King's Buildings campus.
  • The potential hazards on this route include; busy roads, crossing points and congested pathways.

King's Buildings

  • There is step free access to the King's Buildings campus.
  • Accessible toilets are available throughout the King's Buildings campus.
  • There is step free access throughout the majority of the King's Buildings campus.
  • Car parking facilities are available throughout the King's Buildings campus.
  • The nearest building to the bus stop is Ashworth Laboratories.
  • For more information about Ashworth Laboratories please click here (opens in new tab).

King's Buildings to Hallhead Road Bus Stop

  • From King's Buildings, exit the campus at the main entrance on the corner of West Mains Road and Mayfield Road, outside the Ashworth Laboratories building.
  • Turn right onto Mayfield Road and follow the footpath down the hill for approximately 94m.
  • The section of footpath around the crossroads is shared with cyclists.
  • The gradient of the hill is easy.
  • The footpath is tarmac.
  • Just before reaching the Hallhead Road bus stop the route crosses Colin MacLaurin Road.
  • The road is quiet.
  • The crossing is marked with a dropped kerb.
  • The dropped kerb has tactile paving.
  • The bus stop is located immediately ahead after crossing the road.
  • Take the number 67 bus towards Hanover Street.
  • The bus service operates hourly throughout the day.
  • For more information about the number 67 bus route please click here (opens new window).

Hallhead Road Bus Stop to Potterrow

  • Remain on the number 67 bus for 9 stops.
  • This bus journey should take approximately 7 minutes.
  • Alight at the 10th stop, the Potterrow Bus Stop.

Arrive at Potterrow Bus Stop

  • The nearest bus stop is located along Potterrow and it has no shelter or seating. It serves routes 2, 41, 42, 47, X47 and 67.


  • Turn right along Potterrow.
  • The surface of the pavement is block paving with the occasional manhole cover.
  • There is also a distinct gradient heading downwards towards the road.
  • As you proceed to the pedestrian crossing there is a tarmac service road with drop kerbs on either side. There is a distinct gradient going downhill towards Potterrow as you cross this service road.
  • Head on to the pedestrian crossing across Potterrow.

Potterrow to Marshall Street

  • Use the pedestrian crossing to reach the other side of Potterrow.
  • The pedestrian crossing has traffic lights on either side.
  • There are tactile drop kerbs on either side of the road.
  • The surface of the road is tarmac.
  • On reaching the other side of the road, turn left to head to Marshall Street a distance of approximately 10m.
  • The surface of Potterrow on the far side is block paving.
  • The surface of the pavement here is block paving.

Marshall Street to Bristo Square

  • Turn right and head down Marshall Street for approximately 65m.
  • The surface of the pavement is block paving with the occasional manhole cover.
  • As you continue along the road you will need to cross the service road into the Potterrow Staff Car Park.
  • There is a ramp in front of you for what used to be the accessible entrance into 7 Bristo Square. This is no longer in use.
  • To avoid it you will need to turn slightly to your left into the road which is level with the pavement. This road is rarely used and you will only need to do this for a few metres.
  • After doing so continue straight onwards to reach Bristo Square.

Bristo Square to Potterrow

  • Turn right for approximately 55m to reach Potterrow.
  • There is an uphill gradient to Bristo Place.
  • The surface of the place is concrete followed by a mixture of block paving and cobbled surfaces.
  • As you proceed, you will find the entrance to Potterrow on your right after passing 7 Bristo Square.