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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, open daily, Visitor Centre, and works with volunteers and community groups to deliver around 140 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.   


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. 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


  • 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.
  • In Colinton Dell there are two closed bridges. The bridge at Redhall Mill is closed pending investigation and there is damage to a bridge on the south bank walkway area so we advise walkers heading downsteam to remain on the board path until after Redhall Mill or if heading upstream of the Centre cross the river at Bogs Mill bridge to the north bank and continue on that bank. Local signs should be in place to guide you
  • Between Gorgie Road and Fords Road (upstream of Saughton Park) there is a small closure due to a broken pipe bridge. There is a local diversion in place past Buyrite Bathrooms. Scottish Water apologise for the inconvenience.


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.