Each year, the number of visitors arriving in Edinburgh continues to increase as tourists arrive to see not only the beautiful city but its spectacular range of dance, book, music and comedy festivals. With so many people taking in the stunning sights of this World Heritage site, the north of the capital offers the perfect contrast to the busy streets of the New Town. Read on for our guide to a great day out in Leith!
Listen to the sounds of nature as you walk along the relaxing Water of Leith. Flowing over 12 ¾ miles, you can join the path running alongside the river from Stockbridge, near the city centre, to the Shore of Leith. You can also cycle most of this pathway, keeping your eyes peeled for local wildlife. Recent animal spottings include herons, otters and cygnets.
For those with an interest in art, the Coburg House gallery and Rhubaba Gallery and Studios both host a wide range of exhibitions from local artists. The ‘6 Times’ statues, by the renowned Sir Antony Gormley OBE, can be seen from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to the docks by Britannia.
After working up an appetite, lunch at one of the many great restaurants and cafes on the Shore is a must. With Michelin-starred restaurants, The Kitchin and Restaurant Martin Wishart, a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants serving delicious, freshly caught seafood available on Edinburgh’s stylish waterfront, there are options to suit all budgets.
Of course a visit to Leith wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Her Majesty The Queen’s former Royal Yacht. Tour our five decks with your complimentary audio guide, available in 30 languages. See the State Apartments, home to the British Royal Family for over 40 years as well as the Crew’s Quarters where 220 Royal Yachtsmen slept, ate and worked.
Enjoy an hour or two of retail therapy in the variety of shops in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, where Britannia is permanently moored. Finish your day by transporting yourself to a different time, country or even planet at the 12 screen Vue Cinema with every seat a luxurious recliner.
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