Leith was a busy working dock back in the 18th century, in fact it was Scotland’s main port for trade with huge ships sailing in and out with products such as wool, wine and spices.
In 1920 Leith became part of Edinburgh and so it is situated on the northern edge of the city.
The industrial side has now faded, and Leith is now rated one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods with great places to eat and drink- including two of the cities Michelin-star restaurants, and many (more affordable) cute and cosy coffee shops. We had a great lunch at The Print Works on Constitution Street and would recommend here- also be sure to try their salted caramel brownie!
Things to do in Leith
The Royal Yacht Britannia
Marvel the ‘floating royal residence’ that the Royal Family sailed the world on for over 40 years, now decommissioned you can visit this ship and explore where many glitzy functions were held, as well as the private quarters
Ocean Terminal £16.50 adult, £8.75 child
Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre
And way more than a shopping centre, here you can eat in many high street restaurants and shop all the big names and local and there is also a cinema. Here is where you will enter for The Royal Yacht Britannia
Experience contemporary art exhibitions located inside the classical architectural Customs House building which is beautiful within itself
65-67 Commercial Street Free entry
Water of Leith
This is one of the city’s most iconic walks and you can walk all the way to Dean Village
> Read more about the tranquil setting of Dean Village <
Leith Shore Front
Wander the cobbled streets alongside the shore now lined with restaurants and bars- and let your imagination run wild to times gone past where sailors would be wandering and the port in full swing with traders, whilst wandering you will notice little reminders of the port’s nautical past. The Water of Leith has a delightful backdrop of cute and colourful buildings- which on the right day will be reflected in the calm water.
Things to do before going to Leith
Watch the 2013 romantic musical Sunshine on Leith which is an adaptation of the stage musical, featuring songs by the Proclaimers. It was filmed in Leith and all around Edinburgh.
Watch the infamous Danny Boyle film Trainspotting but don’t worry, it isn’t really like that here!
Listen to The Proclaimers – Great Scottish music by twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid. Some absolute classics! Including the song Sunshine on Leith