The Water Of Leith Walk, Edinburgh – What Not To Miss

The Water of Leith Walkway is a wonderful and peaceful way to escape from the busy centre of Edinburgh City without venturing away from the city centre.

Dean Village, Water of Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Dean Village, Water of Leith Walk, Edinburgh

This walk is ideal for families – although some parts would be quite difficult to negotiate with a buggy – and for anyone else looking for a tranquil afternoon’s walk. The route takes you along of variety of scenery and architecture. Plus, there’s plenty of opportunity to see animal wildlife in the city. You will also see the remains of many wiers along the way – the Water Of Leith once provided power to more than 90 water mills.

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The Walk is as equally enjoyable from East (Leith) to West (Dean Village), or West to East. The Walk also continues West after Dean Village for several miles, if you feel more adventurous, to Balerno.

The walk begins at The Shore in the heart of Leith, just before the docks.  An upright girder marks the start of the walk . The Walk is well sign posted and is never far from the road if you need to get a bus back in to town. This walk runs parallel to the river, and ends at the Gallery of Modern Art (superb café), after passing the fantastically well preserved Dean Village.

There are lots of great places to stop for food and drink, and to rest those feet  with a slice of cake.

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3 Responses to The Water Of Leith Walk, Edinburgh – What Not To Miss

  1. look at this says:

    Thank you for a great post.

  2. Ian Jamieson says:

    My pleasure. The Water of Leith is where I take the family for a walk at the weekend. Not sure if they enjoy it but I love it.


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