The Pavilion is located in the buzzing cultural hub of Leith, right on The Shore surrounded by a number of Michelin Star restaurants, farmers’ markets, artisan providers, pubs, independent retailers and attractions; and is only a short bus ride from the door step to the city centre. Surrounded by contemporary and old architecture, this colourful neighbourhood with its authentic charm, might leave you thinking you have accidentally stumbled along an Amsterdam street.
Recently ranked 2nd hippest hangout neighbourhoods by Travel Supermarket’s Index, Leith is definitely experiencing its own kind of renaissance, recognised for being unspoiled by commercialism, where locals love to hang out due to the area’s independent creative spirit.
Here are a few things you might like to see and do during your stay with us.
Food and Drink
Home to some the best restaurants in Edinburgh and hosting regular farmers markets and festivals Leith is the perfect location for all those foodies out there. As Scotsman Food & Drink Editor, Sean Murphy puts it “there are very few places outside of London that are home to as many Michelin Starred - or previously awarded Michelin Starred restaurants as Leith”.
Just 2 minute walk from the Pavilion Martin Wishart’s flagship eatery recently reached 9th place in Harden’s Guide to 100 of the UK’s best restaurants. The selection of menus reflects the skill and experience of the acclaimed chef in particular the six and eight course tasting menus.
Located at 58 The Shore, right opposite the waterfront and with lots of outside seating.
Relaxed neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Leith, passionate about good food, great wine and unforgettable experiences.
Moving further along the Shore you will find another well known quality Scottish Seafood restaurant housed in a 17th Century watchtower where you can enjoy a seafood platter on the Docks.
This is the ideal place to enjoy Shellfish and champagne by the waterfront. They offer over 20 wines ‘by the glass’ and have the use of ‘Le Verre Du Vin’, which means its fresh, unoxidised wine.
These are only a few of the local restaurants to choose from, there are many more delis, restaurants and artisan coffee shops to discover.
This quirky little pub on the waterfront has been described a one of Leith’s Institutions and one of the best for a good value hearty meal serving a range of Scottish ales and cocktails, which you can expect to be served in a teacup.
Very stylish but comfortable pub, a real celebration of the history and local community of Leith, where people from all ages can enjoy local, best in class Scottish produce.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
A visit to the award winning Royal Yacht Britannia docked in Leith and a short walk from The Pavilion is a must see. The Royal Yacht was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. As part of a tour your you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences and visit the Royal Deck Tea Room, where you can enjoy freshly prepared, home-made food, stunning views and a warm welcome.
A Whisky Experience
Scotland’s national drink is distilled close to Edinburgh in the Glenkinchie Distillery in Pencaitland, and there are a number of artisan whisky distilleries emerging, one of which will be located in Leith. We also have The Scotch Malt Whisky Society located in Leith Vaults, one of Scotland’s oldest buildings within minutes’ walk from the apartment, where you can enjoy scheduled tasting sessions. Here are a few other whisky experiences that you may be interested in,
Bespoke local golf tours
A lesser known fact about our surrounding area, is that The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, there are many golfing tours and experiences on offer, Ultimate Golf Service provide tailored experiences or a simple day out on a local golf course. www.ultimategolfservice.com/
Local walks and tours
The Water of Leith and cycle way is a beautiful 12 mile path through the heart of Edinburgh. Originating at the Old Harbour in Leith the path passes through the attractive Dean Village area of Edinburgh taking you right to the other side of the city ending at Balerno. See more details on cycling in Leith and Edinburgh here .
With the rise in craft gin there are a variety of gin tours and masterclasses to choose from around the city. Check out Edinburgh Gin Tours.
Leith on Film
Edinburgh and indeed Leith has played a key role as a popular film location for the UK’s best loved films. From the British film of the 1990s Trainspotting and its sequel 20 year’s later, you can visit the scenes from where the Leith boys frequented on a Leith Walks Tour.
If you would prefer something a little bit more uplifting visit the locations used for Sunshine on Leith, telling a story of life and love, set to the timeless songs of the much-loved band, The Proclaimers. You can download Marketing Edinburgh’s Sunshine on Leith movie map here.
Discover other film locations on a Reel Edinburgh Tour.
Lamb’s House is where Mary Queen of Scots is said to have sheltered on a misty morning when she sailed into Leith Harbour from France before claiming the Scottish throne, so we are very excited about the new Mary Queen of Scots film which has been shot in Edinburgh, described as one of the greatest historical films ever made about Scotland.
There is an eclectic collection of independent unique and interesting shops in the village of Leith including, Georgian Antiques offering the largest selections of antiques in Scotland, Kestin Hare’s contemporary men’s designer store, Lux offering unusual and eco-friendly products and many other artisan food and drink stores as well as Leith Farmers Market which runs from 10am to 4pm on a Saturday.
You only have to look at the growing number of creative agencies, hubs and exhibition spaces in the neighbourhood to see that this is an area which attracts the creative thinkers, makers and artists.
A few minutes walk from the Pavilion is Leith’s Custom Lane, a converted historic harbour building and collaborative centre for design and making. The paired back building is an open, bright space housing Kestin Hare’s Cruiser Store, William & Johnson’s micro-roastery and café and exhibition space show casing outstanding Scottish design.
Tucked away out of sight from Leith Walk is Out of the Blue Drill Hall, a renovated Victorian army barracks and a buzzing art centre that is dedicated to empowering community spirit and artistic expression. It holds regular art exhibitions and traditional crafting workshops, as well as monthly flea markets and film screenings, definitely worth a visit to experience the local underground creative neighbourhood.