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.
10 hotels in Leith
For exploring some of Edinburgh's most beautiful spots, the Hot-el-apartments Canon Court invites guests for a wonderful stay at the comfort of its luxurious accommodations and impeccable service. ... More
Delivering the conveniences of a hotel and the warm atmosphere of a home in a strategic location, Lochend Serviced Apartments Edinburgh makes for an ideal base while on a business or leisure trip... More
With stylish spaces housed in a charming traditional architecture close to local attractions, Malmaison Edinburgh makes for an ideal base for corporate and leisure travellers seeking to explore the... More
The Edinburgh House Hotel enjoys a quiet location but is close to both major transport links and the attractions of the city. Guests are conveniently situated for the Edinburgh Playhouse - the UK's... More
The Hot-el Apartments Edinburgh Waterfront comprise a number of luxury suites situated in the Western Harbour of the Port of Leith. Guests can enjoy stunning views over the Firth of Forth whilst... More
The Ocean Apartments Edinburgh are set on Edinburgh's trendy waterfront right next door to Ocean Terminal with its retail and entertainment amenities, and also just a short walk from the Royal... More
The Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront is an ideal choice of accommodation for holidaymakers and business people alike. Guests can explore the old port area of Edinburgh-Leith, with its... More
Luxury accommodations are featured in a central location at Oakhill Apartments Edinburgh. The stylish residences allow guests to experience what the city has to offer. The property is close to... More
Victoria Park House Hotel Edinburgh complements its convenient location with comfortable amenities and friendly Scottish hospitality. Within close distance are area attractions such as the Royal... More