Waterfront location, cheap hotels, decent pubs & restaurants
still has a rough reputation
Real Scots People cheaper hotels & Living style.
The Shore was originally the Port of Leith and is situated besides the Water of Leith. The port was developed form the 18th Century. There are some notable buildings which were then an important part of Port of Leith. Intensive regeneration since then has took place and it's pleasant place to wander and have dinner in one of its restaurants.Signal...more
The Royal Yacht Britannia was built in 1953 and withdrawn from service a few years ago. It took the royal family on world tours and entertained other royalty, politicians and friends.Visitors can see all 5 decks and the main things to see are The State Dining Room, The State Drawing Room, the Queen's bedroom ,the Duke's room, the guest bedroom,...more
From 23 to 26 May 2003 the 4 biennial "Festival Of The Sea" will be held in Leith (Edinburgh). Most of the events centre around the Western Harbour, the part near the Ocean Terminal.There will be a host of ships and boats there, pride of place going to the "Tall Ships". The Royal Navy will have a presence there and there will be nautical...more
Among the new developements built in Leith in recent years is Ocean Terminal. Its a shoppping centre with a multiscreen cinema and also some restaurants as well as being home to the Royal Yacht Brittania which is only accessible through Ocean Terminal. In 2003 it even played host to the European MTV Music Awards!Apart from anything else if you are...more
The Commercial Quay at Leith has a whole variety of eating places covering a variety of tastes and a range of budgets. Take a look at the web page (link below) to see what's there. They all looked quite tempting. One that isn't mentioned is International Starters - a restaurant that only serves starters!Daniels Bistro has authentic Alsace food that...more
A great restaurant to visit when in Leith or Edinburgh. The restaurant is easy to find. I in fact came across it when my family and myself were shopping in Ocean Terminal. I imagine it is very popular amongst the users of Ocean Terminal, particularly those wanting to refuel after a hard days shopping or before/after a trip to VUE Cinema.There are...more
Not a restaurant as such but on board the Royal Yacht they make and sell the most YUMMY fudge in all kinds of flavours! We could smell them making it in the yachts kitchens and asked what it wasn't until we got to the small shop on a lower deck that we realised you could buy it!! Well we just couldn't resist!! They had numerous different flavours...more
The LighthouseUnmissable place on the Shore in Lieth, this is set over 3 levels and caters for a variety of events. The main bar on the ground floor is always crowded on a weekend and my tip for making a night of it is to have a meal on the balcony above the bar then kick back and relax. If you are feeling a tad energetic then there is a dancefloor...more
Parking the car is FREE at Ocean Terminal. The Lothian Bus goes there look for Ocean Terminal on the destination screen. Number 22 single deck bus from Princes Street shop side will take you there and to the 'SHORE' Leith. You will find some good restaurants & Pubs at the Shore, where the Water of Leith enters the docks to the Firth of Forth.Behind...more
On my wanderings I made a comfort stop at Edinburgh's largest shopping centre. I'm not a fan of shopping so I just went into Starbucks for a drink and also visited the lookout for take photographs of the Firth of the Forth.The Ocean Terminal has a variety of shops and departments stores. For non shoppers there is a Vue cinema and also a day spa....more
Ocean Terminal is a shopping mall that just happens to be beside the sea and has the former Royal Yacht Brittania berthed outside it. The exterior could have been done better but once inside there are large propellers brassoed till they gleam underneath the escalators in the bright and airy central hallway. In addition to the standard shops and a...more
A new shopping mall. It's not the BIGGEST mall around, but it's quite nice with some good quality shops and a multiplex cinema. It also has a pretty good food court and some pubs and coffee bars. One of my favourite shops was "The Bear Factory" where you can design your own custom made teddy bear (or other animal), and watch him being made.We're...more
We walked from Edinburgh to Leith along the banks of the Water of Leith.
The lady at the Brittania thought it strange we hadn't seen any dead bodies.
Maybe she was joking.
KILTS: MALTS; Golf Clubs, Tartan Rugs. All can be found in Leiths Woolen Mills and why not ? Perhaps cheaper than Princes Street or the Royal Mile.
And less crowded !
Unique Suggestions: BONNINGTON ROAD Bangor Road get of the bus at Great Junction Street take the 10 , 7 or 14 bus will take you there. Commercial Street take the 22 or 35 bus to get there.
Both places are five minutes walk from each other, Bonnington is the larger. The other is perhaps better for buying a Man's Kilt.
Just off Commercial St.
Luggage and bags:
Yachts: Seabirds if your lucky Tall Sailing Ships. A Telephoto-lens or BINOCULARS could bring sea-life closer.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dress in layers take off if hot put on if cold.
Photo Equipment: Telephoto Lens big ships sail on the Fife side where its deeper water.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Yes you may be lucky and find it warm enough to go swimming.
Just don't count on it.
We go to the heated pool.
Leith Swimming Baths off Junction Street close to The Fit O The Walk.
Water World is where to take the kids.
Just off The Fit O The Walk.
Newhaven a picturesque suburb of Leith a small harbour with its lighthouse and photos of Newhavens fishwives can be seen with other memorabilia in the Newhaven Heritage Museum.
open daily 12pm - 5pm.
The Visit Lieth website has more reviews of bars, shops and restaurants.Buildings of note in the area;Customs House on The Shore & the Assembley Rooms on Constitution Street were both build in the early 1800s when Leith was a highly successful port.The Scottish Executive at Victoria Quay, opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996 the building cost £47m...more