'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 300 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 Trust is a registered Charity (number SC000015). Our work is supported by City of Edinburgh Council’s Services for Communities and Children and Families Departments.

Latest News

The walkway from Colinton Tunnel to Slateford will be closed for upgrading works until the end of June and then the project will move from the Tunnel to the City Bypass and closures will continue – Sorry short term pain for long term gain

The Walkway

13 mile walkway winding through our capital

Visitor Centre

Open daily 10am to 4pm, community café & exhibition

The River

Edinburgh’s hidden natural asset

The Trust

Conserving and enhancing the river since 1988


Join the team and help protect the Water of Leith


Discover more on one of our learning programmes or activities

Featured Events

Thu 21st Jul

Extreme River Dipping

Discover the creatures who live in the river, and try out new fishing spots
2pm - 4pm

Sat 23rd Jul

The Route Less Travelled Stenhouse to Murrayfield

A guided walk discovering the history and wildlife of the river from Stenhouse, Saughton, Balgreen and Murrayfield
11am to 1pm
Free to Member - £7 non

Tue 26th Jul


Fun for 4 to 10 year olds – adults to join in
Sticks probably the most useful and fun wild thing
2pm to 4pm
£7 accompanying adult free

Latest News & Blog Posts


The Murrayburn – a tributary in need of some love

On wading up this small stream last week we found a real mix of good and bad news. First the …


Charlotte ran and ran and ran – 46 miles in total

Regular readers will know Charlotte our Conservation and Volunteers Officer is a very fit lass, two years ago she ran …


A Summer of Fun along the river

With the schools about to break up parents and carers are always looking for fun, preferably free things, to do …

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