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
WALKWAY UPDATE 2015 - 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 sometimes engineering works and walkway diversions in place - subscribe to our blog for the latest information. There is currently a small closure between Newhaven Road and Anderson Place (at the Bonnington end of the Walkway) with a short local diversion onto the cycle path in place, this is due to a suspect wall and has been closed for safety reasons.
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.
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.