Recent archaeological digs have revealed that the historic port district of Leith, Edinburgh has been a major port city since the 12thcentury. Because of its strategic position it is also believed to have been the site of cannon emplacements as the mound called “Giant’s Brae” is thought to exemplify. Over the centuries it has been a centre for shipbuilding, whaling, a producer of glass bottles among other industries. Today, Leith has been redeveloped into a trendy waterfront area with upmarket restaurants, affordable housing and public walkways, and a thriving tourist industry.
- Tour the Royal Yacht Britannia that is permanently docked in Leith; the audio tour will introduce you to the lavish staterooms, as well as the on-board garage housing one of the Queen’s Rolls Royces!
- Enjoy the best food in Edinburgh; choose from a wide range of restaurants and pubs that cover local food and many international offerings for any budget.
- Visit the National Gallery of Modern Art: on your way to the gallery, make sure to visit the life-sized sculptures by Antony Gormley along the Water of Leith!
Once you arrive in Edinburgh, whether by train, plane or car, Leith is easy to find in the North of the city, and is directly connected by Leith Walk, running from the east end of Princes Street into the district, and is a pleasant walk with a wide range of shops along it. Or walk along the Water of Leith Walkway, from the Dean Village or Stockbridge, following water wheel logos along the path, and watching the wildlife. If you need to get there faster, take one of the many the bus lines that connect Leith to downtown.
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