One of the original villages that make up modern Edinburgh, Corstorphine is now a busy part of the capital situated to the West some three miles from Princes Street. The main road, St John's Road, sees a lot of traffic passing along it, as this is the connecting route with Glasgow and a busy commuter route to retail parks and new developments to the West of the city.
Corstorphine Hill is one of Edinburgh's seven hills and offers pleasent walks in deciduous woodland. The hill backs on to Edinburgh Zoo.
The original old village of Corstorphine stood east of a narrow strip of land which was between Gogar Loch to the west and Corstorphine Loch which was the larger.
A strongly fortified castle, Corstorphine Castle, was built in the late fourteenth century to defend this access between the lochs.