Water of Leith

The Water of Leith is Edinburgh’s main river. It runs for 22 miles (35 km) where it flows past Port Leith, into the Firth of Forth.

When we refer to Water of Leith we don’t refer to the river, but to the footpath that is located beside the watercourse and runs 12.25 miles (19.6 km).

The walkway

The Water of Leith walkway is ideal for families, couples and groups of friends that want to get away from the city and go for a walk surrounded by a lush vegetation. On the walk, you’ll come across numerous places of interest, some highlights including Dean Village, the Royal Botanic Garden, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and other top attractions.

During the scenic walk on the river bank you can see swans, ducks and herons and up to 80 other varieties of birds. You’ll also see fish jump in the flowing water and swim to the surface; as well as locals walking, jogging past, riding their bicycles or horse riding.

Lovely river walk

If you have enough time and want to discover a different part of Edinburgh, we recommend this peaceful river walk.

If you don’t have enough time, you can go for a short walk when you visit Dean Village.