A peripheral district of Edinburgh, often regarded as part of Sighthill, Bankhead lies between Edinburgh Park to the north and The Calders to the south, 4½ miles (7 km) west southwest of the city centre. There is no housing here, the area is predominantly industrial in nature, along with car showrooms and wholesale outlets. Bankhead Industrial Estate is owned by Standard Life and comprises modern industrial units with occupiers including the motor trade, retail, financial sector and general industry. The National Archives of Scotland have a significant storage facility in Thomas Thomson House (opened 1995), while the National Library of Scotland has a large book-store on Bankhead Medway. The National Coal Board once had its Scottish computer centre here, while the Bank of Scotland still operates a data centre on Bankhead Crossway North.

The area benefits from a stop on the Edinburgh Tram Line, which opened in 2014.

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