Shawfair offers sustainable homes on the rural outskirts of Edinburgh – for private purchase or social rent. The developments are anchored by an emerging town centre with schools and a railway station, designed to create a vibrant space and a welcoming environment for the entire community to come together.

All housebuilders at Shawfair are building affordable homes for social rent as well as properties for sale.

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A collection of inspired homes including three-bedroom terraced and semi-detached homes, as well as three, four and five-bedroom detached homes. Designed with families in mind, these homes offer generous living spaces, designer kitchens and much more, within a desirable location close to Edinburgh city centre.


Miller Homes

A thoughtfully designed development of three, four and five-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes.


Mactaggart & Mickel Homes

Designed around a village square, phase 1 of this attractive development is fully occupied. Phase 2 will launch this year with a new collection of 3-bedroom semi-detached and terraced homes up to 5-bedroom detached family homes.

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A variety of housebuilders are creating exciting new homes at Shawfair, offering a range of accommodation to suit families, first time buyers, downsizers and everyone in between.

When completed, Shawfair will have 4000 quality homes, plus a new community campus - including nursery, primary and secondary education, a swimming pool, theatre, sports pitches (indoor and outdoor) and vocational training facilities for use by the wider community.

Over 700 of the homes at Shawfair will be available for social and mid-market rent, assisted purchase and further creative options to make either buying or renting suit your individual needs and lifestyle.



Rural living means cleaner air, and an altogether more natural environment. Shawfair offers this in spades.

We are planning a well-defined and attractive town centre with shops, offices, restaurants, a swimming pool, markets, art galleries, libraries and health centres, plus nursery and school education from age 3 onwards.

In fact, we have designed Shawfair with social responsibility very much in mind. Town centre businesses and surrounding homes will be linked via an innovative district heating system that is proven to be reliable, low cost and environmentally friendly.

The development team behind Shawfair will contribute over £56m to Midlothian Council, earmarked to improve and expand education, community and sports facilities, and to enhance public transport - including the Borders Railway which runs through the heart of Shawfair.


Midlothian Council, supported by and in partnership with Shawfair LLP, is committed to the delivery of a number of new, exceptional quality learning centres. Schooling provision within Shawfair will develop in anticipation of the increasing number of families moving there.

Current arrangements/timescales for additional provision:

  • Dalkeith Secondary School - currently open to Shawfair pupils.
  • Danderhall Primary School - currently open to Shawfair pupils.
  • Shawfair Town Centre Primary School (part of the new Community Campus) - open to Shawfair pupils in 2027.
  • Shawfair Town Centre Secondary School (part of the new Community Campus) - open to Shawfair pupils in 2027.
  • Second Primary School within the Masterplan area - open to Shawfair pupils after 2027 - TBC by Midlothian Council.
  • Nursery and pre-school facilities are planned for the town centre, within easy reach of transport hubs and the new Community Campus.


In the mid-19th century, the land on which Shawfair now sits was largely estate properties and farmsteads. Fast forward 50 years and a more industrial landscape emerged with several small mineworkings. During the 1930s, Woolmet Colliery was in production, and housing settlements began to appear where Danderhall is today. From the 1970s Monktonhall Colliery stretched between Harelaw and Shawfair before closing in 1998.

Since then, much work has been done to regenerate the landscape. We are working with local authorities and other agencies to accelerate this process alongside existing communities such as Danderhall to celebrate the mining heritage of the area.

Shawfair's name is taken from a 19th century farmstead. The farmhouse stands to this day, nestled on a northern ridge, overlooking the site.