Leith has a unique heart and soul, from the pride of the old Leithers and the spirit of the new, provides the area with a character all of its own. The history, culture and eclectic mix of people living here gives Leith its own distinctive look and feel.
It has the fishing village of Newhaven, with its own heritage museum situated in the historic fish market overlooking the picturesque Newhaven Harbour. The area is popular with families and couples.
What to Expect
The Royal Yacht Britannia, served Queen and country for 44 years and now permanently docked in the historic port of Leith, with a visitor centre accessible from the Ocean Terminal shopping mall.
Trinity House Shipping Museum, a beautiful Georgian house, holds rare artefacts dating back more than 600 years, tucked in the foot of Leith Walk Kirkgate Shopping Centre.
The Shore, originally the port of, formed in the 18th century and situated beside the Water of Leith. There are a number of notable buildings, which were of great importance to the Port of Leith before the intensive regeneration to create the Shore today, a pleasant place to stroll and the history and vast array of restaurants and bars.
A walk along Victoria Dock, and the Victoria Bridge still remain as part of the shore and across the bridge are the Scottish Government offices. The Signal Tower, built in the 16th century for pressing rapeseed oil, converted at the beginning of the 19th Century and used for signalling ships when entering Leith until the modern docks were developed.
The Malmaison Hotel, formerly a seaman's mission and the Merchant Navy Memorial in front, iron gates, a pair of canons and a lifelike statue of the late Sandy Irvine Robertson (OBE) wine merchant, charity promoter and founder of the Scottish Business Achievements Awards Trust are sights to behold!
What Not to Expect
Nothing, as Leith caters for everyone! It has an array of shops, restaurants, bars and activities for adults and children.
You'll Fall in Love With
Leith has a great deal to offer the discerning shopper. The Pipe Shop, the best tobacconist in Edinburgh, delis and wine merchants. There is also Ocean Terminal which has a variety of high-street stores and a 12 screen cinema, art gallery restaurants and spa.
For keen cooks, Martin Wishart Cook School on Bonnington Road is invaluable to the budding chef, or Leith Art School on North Junction Street for the more creative.
Great Place to Go
EAT: Plumed Horse, Kitchin, Martin Wishart, Loch Fyne, Ship on the Shore, Fishers, Teuchters Landing, C-Shack, Domenicos
DRINK: Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, King’s Wark, Carriers Quarters, Nobles
COFFEE: Mimis Bakehouse, Rocksalt, Printworks, The Clock, La Cerise
Bus Routes, Tram Stops
There is an enormous selection of buses to take you across Edinburgh and into the city centre. If you’re in the mood for a walk, you make your way into the city centre which can take anything from five minutes to 30 depending where about you are in Leith.
Leith links, originally designed as a golf course, extends 46 acres, the west section contains a children's play areas, football pitches and in the North West corner, three public bowling greens and tennis courts. The east section hosts an informal cricket pitch which has existed since 1826. The clubhouses are home to Leith Athletic football club, bowling and cricket clubs. In the first week of June, Leith hosts its festival gala day and the Edinburgh Mela in late August. So plenty for adults and children to play.