Water of Leith Visitpr Centre with river and arched bridge
Credit: Bryce Morrison

The Water of Leith

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The Water of Leith is a river which runs through the city of Edinburgh. It begins in the Pentland Hills in the west and runs north east until it eventually flows into the Firth of Forth.

Water of Leith Walkway

There is a 12 mile path called the Water of Leith Walkway, which runs alongside the river. It goes through Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green, Colinton, Slateford, Roseburn, Dean Village, Stockbridge, Canonmills, Bonnington and Leith. And passes many attractions along the way. Including Saughton Park, Murrayfield Stadium, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Royal Botanic Garden, Ocean Terninal and Leith Docks.

The walkway and river is an Urban Wildlife Site. It’s home to a wide variety of trees, wildflowers, birds and fish, so there is plenty to see. Going down onto the walkway is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city above. The path is suitable for walking and cycling, with space for buggies. It’s a perfect place to walk the dog, go for a stroll with family and friends, or just take some time out on your own. There are lots of opportunities to join and leave the path along the route. So your walk can be as long or short as you wish.

Visitor Centre

Situated about half way along the walkway, between Colinton and Slateford, is The Water of Leith Visitor Centre. A free interactive exhibition examining the heritage of the river and its wildlife. The exhibition has three zones. The Video Zone with a DVD projection of life on the river. The Tall Panel Zone revealing the river’s wildlife. And the Interactive Zone where the experience really comes to life. There is a cafe serving tea, coffee and refreshments and a gift shop selling books and souvenirs. A map of the route and detailed walking guide is available at the centre.

Map and Guide

You can download and print a copy of the map here. You can also purchase an official map and guide on the Water of Leith Conservation Trust website.