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Address: Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road Edinburgh EH14 1TQ

Telephone: 0131 455 7367

Fax: 0131 443 1682


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The visitors centre is open every day from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Except Christmas and New Year - Closed from 24th Dec to 3rd January.

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Discover 'a silver thread in a ribbon of green' flowing through Edinburgh 

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust works to conserve and enhance the river, its heritage and wildlife: The Trust promotes education and recreation through the Visitor Centre, and works with volunteers and community groups to deliver around 100 river clean-ups and habitat improvement tasks annually. Operating since 1988, it was the first river charity to be established in Scotland. Support our work by becoming a member, sending a donation or joining the hundred strong team of volunteers who are involved in projects on the river and in running the Visitor Centre. For further information, please telephone 0131 455 7367 or call into the Visitor Centre we are open every day. The Trust is a registered Charity number SC000015. Our work is supported by City of Edinburgh Councils - Services for Communities and Children and Families Departments and Scottish Natural Heritage

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The Water of Leith - Edinburgh's River from Alasdair Birchwood on Vimeo.

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  • The section of path between Sunbury Bridge and the steps at Dean Path has been closed due to a landslip. The Council are in the process of investigating this issue. In the meantime we would like to request that public respect the closure, use an alternative route, and do not put themselves at risk.
  • The Walkway is closed from Balgreen to Murrayfield as phase 2 of the Flood Prevention Scheme begins - a local diversion is in place over a 1/2 mile section

The Water of Leith Walkway is a beautiful 12 3/4 mile walk through the heart of Edinburgh, however, there are sometimes engineering works and walkway diversions in place - subscribe to our blog for the latest information. 

Check out our Audio Trail click on the sign image below for a link to the page or why not Watch a Video Playlist of the whole trail and walkway from Balerno to Leith below




Explore Edinburgh’s hidden natural asset, the Water of Leith. Flowing for 24 miles from its source in the Pentland Hills, the river winds its way through the heart of our capital to its outflow into the Firth of Forth at Leith. Once Edinburgh’s industrial heartland, the valley was host to over 70 mills harnessing the power of the water to produce paper, fabric, and flour with the river mouth supporting a vibrant dock and boat building industry. Today the river is home to a wide diversity of plants and animals from wild garlic and orchids to brown trout, heron, kingfisher and otter, and can be explored on foot or bike along the 12 3/4 mile Water of Leith Walkway.

 Gormley Update - For those looking for the '6 Times' Gormley statues in the river, due to flood events along the river, 4 of the statues have been removed from the river; Bells Mills Man (near the GMA), Stockbridge Man, Powderhall Man and Bonnington Man are all out of the river.  The Galleries of Modern Art do plan to return the statues to the river side at some point but we currently have no news, we will update this page when we hear and also on the news feed.