Water of Leith Walkway

Meander along this quiet, beautiful pathway that weaves through the heart of the city but keeps nature close.
At the heart of Edinburgh is her famous river, the Water of Leith. With that in mind, there is almost no better way to see the city than to follow her beautiful, winding path through Edinburgh. Starting in Balerno, the walkway spans nearly 21 kilometres as it makes its way through some of Edinburgh’s most beloved sites, including Dean Village. It makes use of former rail lines and walking paths, avoiding traffic and immersing walkers in nature, ending at Leith. The trail is flat and can be walked in roughly five hours. We recommend a more leisurely, targeted walk, taking time to stop along the way for both planned and unplanned diversions. The walkway is the ideal way to experience both the natural and manmade beauty of Edinburgh and is a perfect way to spend a day for families, groups, couples, and solo travelers alike.