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 over 50 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
WALKWAY UPDATE 2013 - Check out our new Audio Trail click in the sign image
The Water of Leith Walkway is a beautiful 12 3/4 mile walk through the heart of Edinburgh, however, there are a number of engineering works and walkway diversions in place at present. At Ballgreen near Murrayfield the tram works are affecting a short section of path. Local diversions are in place. There is a short diversion near Dean Village following a landslide. From Stockbridge down to Bonnington the river in undergoing extensive engineering works due to the flood defence scheme. Modifications have been made to the river and there is heavy machinery in operation in the area. Thankfully the majority of the walkway is still open, with short local diversions in place at Stockbridge and Canonmills. If you are looking for peace and quiet the up reaches of the river and walkway from Balerno to Saugton are untouched.
Learn about our heritage and wildlife through a variety of Education and Event Programmes
Explore Edinburgh's hidden natural asset
Interact with the river in our FREE exhibition at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre.
Take a walk on Edinburgh's wild side down the Water of Leith Walkway
Help our work by becoming a member and/or volunteer
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.
'6 Times' a work by Antony Gormley has arrived in the Water of Leith, please click on this picture to link to the National Galleries of Scotland website and discover where the figures are.
Gormley Update 2013 - Sadly due to flood events along the river towards the end of the year, 4 of the statues are not visible; Bells Mills Man (near the GMA), Stockbridge Man, Powderhall Man and Bonnington Man are all down. The statues are designed to fall over in flood events so they do not cause an obstruction. When the Galleries of Modern Art let us know when the statues will be righted we will update this page and the news feed.