Walk the Water of Leith

Dean Village, Water of Leith on a sunny day in Edinburgh

Stretching 12 miles from Balerno in the south west to Leith in the north east of the city. The Water of Leith has some of the prettiest walks in Edinburgh.

It's a tranquil, magical journey from the foot of the Pentlands all the way to Leith Docks. There are many access points along the route, so you can hop on or off whenever you like. If you're staying in Edinburgh with us, we definitely recommend a walk or cycle along the route!

City Wildlife Walks

Designated as an Urban Wildlife Site, the Water of Leith provides a city haven for many birds and other wildlife. It's a popular route for walkers, cyclists and joggers. Many use it as an alternative way to get across the city, as it provides a beautifully rural escape from the usual urban streets. There are several species of fish, birds and mammals to look out for. Such as, trout, minnow, kingfishers, heron, bats and otters. 

Dean Bridge to Stockbridge

One of the most picturesque sections of the river is the journey from the Dean Bridge along to Stockbridge. Easily accessible from the West End, the path is joined from under the Dean Bridge and meanders along, past the striking architecture of Georgian crescents, and providing a peek into the private gardens dotted around the city.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is located in Slateford, about half way along the walkway.  Here, you can see the free exhibition and take a break in the cafe. There's also a gift shop for books and souvenirs, and you can pick up a walkway guide and map.

Accommodation near the Water of Leith

Here at Lets Get Local, we have some beautiful self-catering Edinburgh city lets, situated close to Water of Leith access points. So you can enjoy some stunning city walks during your visit. Just get in touch if you'd like any help choosing your perfect holiday accommodation.

Local guides from local experts. Stay with us and enjoy a true Edinburgh experience.

Lorna profile pic



Nearby properties

Local guides See all

  • ASSC logo
  • Stripe logo