Leith Travel Guide

  • Leith's Shore Area, Near Edinburgh
    Leith's Shore Area, Near Edinburgh
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  • Firth of Forth, Leith, Near Edinburgh
    Firth of Forth, Leith, Near Edinburgh
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    Customs House, Leith
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Leith Highlights

  • Pro
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     Waterfront location, cheap hotels, decent pubs & restaurants 

  • Con
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     still has a rough reputation 

  • In a nutshell
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     Real Scots People cheaper hotels & Living style. 

Leith Things to Do

  • Newhaven Heritage Museum

    What was it like to live in the tightly-knit fishing community at Newhaven, and to earn a living as a fishwife or a fisherman braving the sea? Newhaven Heritage Museum, situated in the historic fish market overlooking the picturesque Newhaven Harbour, brings the past to life. The story of the village and its people is told through reconstructed...

  • The Royal Yacht Britannia

    The Royal Yacht Britannia launched at John Brown's Shipyard in Clydebank in 1953, and served Queen and country for 44 years on 968 official voyages. She now bobs in serene retirement in the historic port of Leith, allowing visitors such as I to step on-board to enjoy the Britannia experience. Tours begin in the Visitor Centre on the second floor of...

  • Trinity House shipping museum

    Trinity House in Leith is probably the finest museum of shipping in Scotland. It holds rare artifacts dating back more than 600 years. Visitors can see fine paintings, including David Scott's vast illustration of Vasco de Gama passing the Cape of Good Hope. A collection of model ships includes a 68-gun warship made by a French prisoner in Edinburgh...

  • Historic Buildings around Leith

    I enjoyed taking photos of a number of interesting buildings during my wanders round Leith and I would like to share these.*Will update the history of the buildings whenever I get an opportunity*

  • The Shore

    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...

  • Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia

    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,...


Leith Restaurants

  • Food Village

    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...

  • Don't miss the fantastic views

    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...

  • PCs fav

    I used this place regularly for takeaways but never got round to having a sit down meal. Very friendly staff and most people I heard when collecting my food were having a good time in this oddly laid out place. I always enjoyed the chicken madras.

  • A Taste of India !

    ***** Five Stars ***** Britannia Spice.Lots of excellent restaurants to be found in this area. From Britannia Spice to the Shore.On the Dock side of Commercial Street.Between Commercial Street and The SCOTTISH OFFICE.


    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...

  • View on the Britannia

    Nice place to sit, especialy near the enourmous window overlooking the Brittania. Good menus and fine attendance


Leith Nightlife

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  • Beacon

    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...

  • Relaxed hangout

    This bar is a great place to relax an afternoon away in reading a paper. The bar features several draught ales and the restaurant is good for the price.

  • Word Up

    The Cameo features some great sculpture, has a reputation for good food and a large screen for sporting events. Casual


Leith Transportation

  • Airport bus

    The Lothian Buses 35 service runs from Ocean Terminal to Edinburgh Airport every 15 minutes. This isn't the most direct route but goes past some of the cities best landmarks and is only £1 compared to the Airbus at £3.

  • Ocean Terminnal

    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...

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Leith Shopping

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  • Home of Yacht Britannia!

    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....

  • Down by the sea

    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...

  • All Under One Roof

    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...


Leith Warnings and Dangers

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    by phil-loughboough Updated Jul 13, 2008

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    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.

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Leith Tourist Traps

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    by EdinburghRoc Written Feb 17, 2004

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    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.

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Leith What to Pack

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    BINOCULARS or telephoto lens could bring it closer 2 more images

    by EdinburghRoc Updated Apr 7, 2007

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    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.

    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Beaches
    • Family Travel

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Leith Off The Beaten Path

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    Newhaven's wee Museum can be found here. 4 more images

    by EdinburghRoc Written Jul 11, 2006

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    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.

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    • Family Travel
    • Beaches
    • Museum Visits

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  • General Info

    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...

  • Take the number 22 bus every 10mins to...

    There is a casino down in the docks.Cheaper shopsCheaper PUBS !HistoryWATERFRONT Friendly People: The Foot O the Walk ; Peace of the Water of Leith, Robbie Burns statue.}

  • Newhaven Harbour

    There's a picturesque little fishing harbour at Newhaven (at the western end of Leith). I'd guess it's still in use by the smell of fish from here and all the fishmongers shops that line one side of the harbour. We never saw it in action though.


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