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

Telephone: 0131 455 7367

Fax: 0131 443 1682

Email: admin@waterofleith.org.uk

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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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The Walkway

WALKWAY UPDATE 2019 -PATH CLOSURE INFORMATION BELOW -

  • 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 Or click on me  to see a basic map of the sections closed Green is suggested route red zig zags are blocked section
  • 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.

The walkway passes through many areas of interest including: Colinton Village and Dell, the Union Canal, Saughton Winter Gardens, Murrayfield Stadium, the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Village, Stockbridge, the Royal Botanic Garden and Leith. Ideal for family walks, the walkway is a delightful afternoon’s stroll, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The route is suitable for cycling and is accessible in part by wheelchairs and even by horseback.

The City of Edinburgh Council Natural Heritage Service operates on the Water of Leith which was completed in 2002 courtesy of Millennium Project funding.

Because of the nature of the Walkway winding through the heart of our city, you can choose to join it and leave it at lots of places up and down the river, linking with other paths, cycle routes, the canal and Pentland Hills . 

The route is well signposted and a walkway map is available from the Visitor Centre priced £1.00 or you can buy your detailed map now using the Paypal button below. 

As a rough guide to mileages along the walkway are: Balerno to Slateford is 5 miles - 2 hours, Slateford to Leith is 7.5miles - 3 hours,  Roseburn to Stockbridge approx 2 miles - 45mins, Stockbridge to Leith approx 3.5 miles - 1hour 20mins

You can also listen to a commentary while you walk by connecting to our Audio Trail.  

Click here to download a basic map of the route (pdf)

Buy a walkway map on-line: this is a paper map and will be posted out to you. If you are not in UK please use the drop down to select international postage

Water of Leith Map