Today, Colinton is a suburb in Edinburgh. The original heart of Colinton is still referred to as "Colinton Village", retaining much of its original village charm with numerous small speciality shops such as Downes fruit and vegetables, and Colinton Arts. There is also the local Post Office, bank and two restaurants, Dantes Trattoria and Mackenzies Restuarant.

Colinton Parish Church from Bridge RoadThe two churches, Colinton Parish Church and St Cuthbert's Episcopal Church form the mainstay of the community.  They act as a base for many community activities such as Colinton Literary Society, the local Boys Brigade, Country Dancing as well as Badminton clubs and a venue for the Colinton Orchestra. There are also many other local groups such as the Colinton History Society, Colinton Garden Club and well as the 108th Pentland Scout Group and the local Girl Guide groups. 
The two public houses, the Spylaw Tavern and the Colinton Inn, provide meals and relaxation for local residents and visitors to the village who enjoy the local walks through the Dell and in the many woodland areas around Colinton.

The tranquility of the Water of Leith and nearby Colinton Dell, just to the north of the "village", contribute to this perception.  The Dell extends along the Water of Leith Walkway from Colinton Parish Church towards Slateford, and contains a mixture of mature and ancient woodland. It is a natural habitat for wildlife, including numerous bird species, amphibians, voles, weasels, stoats and occasionally roe deer. The walkway and cycle path also pass by some of the original mill buildings, not forgetting the old tunnel (locally known as Henry's Tunnel, in reference to the character from popular children's TV series, Thomas the Tank Engine) that dates back to when the path was part of the local railway line.

Colinton is a designated conservation area and is bordered by the Edinburgh City Bypass and Juniper Green to the south west, the Wester Hailes estate to the north west and Oxgangs to the east. It is served by Bonaly Primary School, Colinton Primary School, Merchiston Castle School (an independent school formerly in Merchiston) and Firrhill High School locally, whilst a large number of schoolchildren commute to the independent schools The Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner school, George Watson's College and George Heriot's School.
Spylaw Park is a delightful park situated in the beautiful surroundings of the dell. The park has many features including benches, bins, paths and a children's play area. There is also a large Victorian style house, Spylaw House, situated within the park.  It has been known for large crowds to gather in the standing area for larger-scale public and private events.

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