Water of Leith

Price guide: Free

24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1TQ

Price guide: Free

A heron and view of Water of Leith by Bryce Morrison
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Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Sporty types, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Sightseeing

Best for Escapists - Expert review of Water of Leith

A beautiful stretch of water flowing through Edinburgh.

The Water of Leith is12 miles long and the walkway allows you to meander through the city. The walkway dips in and out from the busy roads and pavements of Edinburgh to the tranquil water. There are gates, steps and secret entrances along its length and, with the right map, one minute you will find yourself in the busy West End of Princes Street, the next in a leafy green wilderness with herons, ducks, fish and miles of water ahead.

It takes you through and past Colinton Village and Dell, the Union Canal, Saughton Winter Gardens, Murrayfield Stadium, the Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Village, Stockbridge, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Leith. You can use it to walk from A to B. Well over 80 species of birds have been spotted here, so it really is an oasis.

It is a magical, hidden part of Edinburgh and once you discover it you will enjoy sharing the secret with other incredulous travellers. Download a map here http://bit.ly/cZ2YtR.

Price advice: 

No cash required.

Expert tips: 
It's a great way to get to and from the Gallery of Modern Art.
The Botanics is another good place to walk to or from along the Water of Leith

More information on Water of Leith :

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Lake / river / canal, Natural wonder, Park / garden
24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1TQ
0131 455 7367
Months open:
All year round
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