Looking over the Water of Leith

Leith is the port district of the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, located to the north of the city centre on the shoreline of the Firth of Forth. Traditionally a separate burgh, Leith and its inhabitants remain determinedly independent in nature and character, despite being absorbed by the larger City of Edinburgh.


Although possessing a somewhat exaggerated reputation for seediness and crime in recent decades, Leith has been undergoing a major revival since the 1980s with many of the district's problems gradually being resolved. It is now a vibrant community, with a wealth of shops, pubs, restaurants, parks and community events. The relatively low cost of buying or renting property compared to some other areas of Edinburgh, combined with excellent transport links, has led to Leith playing host to immigrants from all over the UK, Europe and the World and it is therefore one of Scotland's most cosmopolitan communities.

Get in

Leith is located to the North of Edinburgh. The two are most directly connected by Leith Walk, which runs from the East End of Princes Street into Leith.

By foot

Follow Leith Walk from the east end of Princes Street, enjoying the wide range of different shops along the route.

A more peaceful walk between Edinburgh and Leith follows the Water of Leith Walkway, which can be picked up at Dean Village (close to West End), Stockbridge or Canonmills (both on the north side of the New Town). The walkway is indicated by brown direction signs featuring a water wheel logo. For most of the route the river is flanked on one or both sides by woodland, and it's often hard to believe you're in a major city. There are brown trout in the river and birds including the Grey Heron and Kingfisher can be seen.

By bus

Leith is connected to the city by several bus services operated by Lothian Buses, the local operator.

Bus services 7, 10, 12, 14, 16, 22, 25 and 49 travel down Leith walk from Edinburgh centre.

Service 35 connects the airport (via the old town of Edinburgh) with the Ocean Terminal, the location of the Royal Yacht Britannia. Service 22 serves Ocean Terminal from Princes Street. Service 36 connects the Weat End to Leith, via Stockbridge.

By train

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley.

By plane

Lothian Buses service 35 provides a direct connection from Edinburgh Airport to the centre of Leith and Ocean Terminal. This takes around an hour so it's quicker (though more expensive) to use the Airlink Service 100 as far as the New Town and then switch to another service travelling down Leith Walk.





Leith has become the top foodie destination in Edinburgh and among the best in the UK. In 2010, The Shore was voted as runner-up in the "Best Foodie Street" category in the UK Google Street View awards . Include the adjacent Bernard Street, Commercial Street and Henderson Street and you will find an enormous choice of places to eat within a very small area. Fish and chip shops, Italian trattoria, curry-houses and traditional pub grub rub shoulders with some of the best seafood in the UK, some unusual ethnic cuisines and there's even a couple of Michelin-starred fine-dining establishments for good measure.


Mid Range



Leith has a huge number of places to drink, from traditional pubs to modern style bars. The list below is just a selection.


Pilrig Street and its northern extension Newhaven Road are home to a number of B&Bs. This is a convenient location in which to base yourself as it's an easy walk to the centre of Leith in one direction, and Edinburgh city centre in the other. Pilrig Street intersects with Leith Walk so there are plentiful buses nearby. The number 11 bus actually travels the length of both streets and on via Leith Walk into the New Town. There are also a number of larger hotels along the waterfront, mostly in modern buildings.



Post Office

Post Offices are available at the following locations


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Map of central Edinburgh districts

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