Leith Travel Guide

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  • A RECORD YEAR FOR ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

    UPDATE 2015 was a record year as 308,906 visitors toured the Royal Yacht and i was one of them !The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the top attractions in Scotland and it is now berthed at Leith and open for tourists too visit. First you must got to the Ocean terminal Shopping Center and go to the third or fourth floor where the entrance is for the...

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  • The Royal Yacht Britannia

    I have to confess that I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to see this former luxurious floating palace, but even if I don’t have deep pockets, I do at least have an open mind.At £15 for a full paying adult (2015), it’s not cheap, but I decided to bite the bullet, because even if I wasn’t too keen on seeing how the Royal Family enjoyed their life at...

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  • ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA, THE SUPPORT BOATS

    Britannia’s Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound is moored just beside it and is a classic 1936's yacht. Between 1936 and 1965 the yacht was almost unbeatable winning many races. Prince Philip, a keen sailor requested that the yacht be purchased fro the Royal Family and it would accompany the Britannia each year to the Western Isles on their summer...

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  • ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA -- DRESS UP AS AN...

    During the tour you will have an opportunity to wear the uniform of an officer. You will see the uniforms, including the hat in one of the rooms with a sign which informs tourists that they are welcome to try the uniform on. I took the opportunity but i guess i would not have been officer material.

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  • ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA --- MORE PHOTOS

    PHOTO 1 The officer's dining roomPHOTO 2 This is the dining room of the queen where visiting dignitaries would enjoy a lavish mealPHOTO 3 This is the queen's living room but it could be extended should a special banquet be held. The partition to the dining room would be removed.PHOTO 4 This is the sick bay where operations were performed if...

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  • A FEW MORE PHOTOS ABOARD ROYAL YACHT...

    PHOTO 1 On the boat there was a garage (for want of a better word) for the Queen's Rolls Royce, but it was extremely difficult to maneuver the car on and off the boat.PHOTO 2 This is the barrel where the crew received their ration of rum each day but the practice stopped a few years ago.PHOTO 3 The ship's bell and the royal crestPHOTO 4 You will...

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Leith Hotels

Leith Restaurants

  • ~ Food Great! Service Not So Great ~

    Well let's start with what's great about this restaurant....The restaurant is right beside the hotel we were staying in. A hop, skip and a jump and there you are.The food is delicious. I had the Beef Lasagne - Tasty and filling. Served with a lightly dressed side salad and chips or garlic bread.Planxty had the fish pie - Tender pieces of fish,...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • FUDGE

    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...

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Leith Nightlife

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  • A Veritable Leith Institution

    There are plenty of smart new bars and restaurants springing up in Leith these days, but the Port O’Leith isn’t one of them.This is one of the last, if not THE last sailors pub in Leith and it has a host of nautical memorabilia to prove it. I’m sure if walls could talk the walls in here would have a host of tales to tell, but for how much longer is...

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  • ~ You're Typical Scottish Pub ~

    Planxty and I were headed out for dinner and ended up at the Ocean Terminal Shopping Center. The lady at the Premiere Inn had advised us of a good place to get some curry for supper. We found out that it wasn't in the Ocean Terminal Shopping Center as we thought. We got the correct instructions and headed towards the restaurant.Planxty claims he...

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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...

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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.

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  • 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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  • A ROYAL SOUVENIR

    If you are after a gift to take hoe for friends what could be better than something connected with the Royal yacht Britannia, but i believe that you have to take the tour to get access to the shop. They have all the usual tourist stuff like cups, t-shirts, hats, magnets etc but there are some quality gifts such as bone china, silver jewelry,...

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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....

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  • 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...

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Leith Warnings and Dangers

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    dead bodies

    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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    Tartan & Shortbread in Woolen Mills

    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

    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.

    BINOCULARS or telephoto lens could bring it closer Seagull and duck on the Firth of Forth. Wee boat on the Firth of Forth
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    • Beaches
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Family Travel

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Leith Off The Beaten Path

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    Newhaven

    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.

    Newhaven's wee Museum can be found here. Newhaven harbour Newhaven Lighthouse Seagull rides above the Firth of Forth Sealife over the Forth
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    • 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...

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  • 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.}

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  • 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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