The village of Slateford is centred around the Water of Leith just outside of Edinburgh. The area has deep historical roots, though the cityscape reveals little of this, due to growth and expansion in the 1950s. Several 19th century landmarks including an old school house, an old church, a railroad viaduct, and bridges are still intact for sightseeing. Being close to the water and set away from the city centre, Slateford has beautiful scenery and greenways to enjoy. Because of its location, the village is a prime spot for viewing wildlife and the Scottish countryside.
- Ride a bike, take a stroll, or enjoy a narrow boat ride over the Water of Leith on the 180-metre-long Slateford Aqueduct, which is part of a 56-kilometre trail along the Union Canal where travellers can view viaducts, bridges, monuments, and the Edinburgh countryside.
- Visit during an annual event like the Christmas Party nights or The Edge Festival, or the Wedding Fair and Fashion Show held at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.
- Stop in at the Water of Leith visitor centre, which used to be the old school house, to discover Slateford historical and regional information.
Every hour, trains depart from the Slateford railway station to “Edinburgh Waverly”, the city’s main train station, and other points in the region. Glasgow, Shotts, and North Berwick are convenient to get to and from via the railway. Lothian Buses stop regularly at Slateford Station and can carry passengers to points throughout Edinburgh. Taxis and minicabs are available at the station to transport visitors into Slateford. Once in town, visitors can hire bicycles from several local companies including Leith Cycle Company, Bike Trax, or Cycle Scotland, where they will also find maps and information on trails and attractions.
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