Leith is located to the north of Edinburgh on the shore of the Firth of Forth and served as the city's port for hundreds of years. It was once a hub of manufacturing and commercial activity, including whaling, shipbuilding and Scotland's largest leadworks. Today, Leith is known as a vibrant district of Edinburgh, where some of the city's best restaurants have replaced the old traditional industries. The much-acclaimed and Michelin-starred Martin Wishart is 70 metres from The Pavilion.
Local walks and cycle paths
The The Water of Leith walk and cycle way is a beautiful, wide 12 3/4 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 terminating at Balerno. www.waterofleith.org.uk.
Walking and cycling paths created from the old railway system link several parks in the area.
Leith has a range of cycle paths, both along the river and the old railways, linking several parks and play parks. It is possible to rent bicycles and equipment from Leith Cycle, 276 Leith Walk. www.leithcycleco.com. Telephone: 0131 467 7775. Hire starts from £12 for half a day and includes a helmet, lock, map and a puncture repair kit.
The old part of Leith has some of the finest buildings in the city. ‘A walk through Leith’ by John Hume, a copy of which is in the house will provide the visitor with a great insight into the local architecture.
Ocean Terminal is a shopping centre within 10 minutes’ walk or a few minutes on the bus and free parking. There are restaurants and coffee shops with views over the Forth, clothes stores, Boots, M&S Simply Food, phone shop etc. as well as Vue Cinema.
The Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed beside the terminal. www.oceanterminal.com
Scotland is a mecca for golfers. The modern game of golf originated in Scotland in the early 16th Century. The first mention of Golf in Leith dates from 1554. Since then the game has spread and many of the world’s best and most famous courses are in or in the vicinity of Edinburgh. The world famous Old Course at St Andrew is an hour and a half’s drive but much closer are the 17 excellent courses in East Lothian, including Muirfield, rated the best course in the UK. There are also 7 courses in Edinburgh.
Scotland’s national drink, whisky, is still distilled close to Edinburgh in the Glenkinchie Distillery in Pencaitland. The Scotch Whisky Experience, a whisky visitor centre, is located on Castlehill, just down from Edinburgh castle and offers daily tours where you will learn about the story behind the drink, the process of its creation and finish up by sampling some whisky itself. The Scotch Whisky Experience also has an excellent restaurant and bar with hundreds of whiskies on offer. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which offers regular tasting sessions, is located in the Vaults, one of Scotland’s oldest buildings, only a few minutes’ walk from Lamb’s House.