'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 Communities and Families Departments.


Latest News

Walkway is fully open from Balerno to Leith – however some areas of path have been scoured out or become muddy following recent high water levels so take care along the route.

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 18th Jul

Ultimate Survival for 8-12 year olds

Learn the skills to survive the apocalypse – build a camp, decide what you dare eat, seek fresh water

Sun 21st Jul

The Dells in Summer – Adult Guided Walk

Summer exploration focusing on tree identification and spotting signs of summer
1:30pm -3:30pm
£7, Members Free

Tue 23rd Jul

River Dipping for 5 to 10 year olds

Join us to explore the river and find out what lives in the water.

Latest News & Blog Posts


Coalie Park Phase 1 is complete – we had a wee re-opening ceremony to celebrate

On 22nd May we took some time to celebrate all that has been achieved so far at Coalie Park with …


Seasonal Update from Ranger Johnny

January to April was known years ago as our quieter time, when we had a chance to reflect on the …


What a load of rubbish!

Why are you rummaging around in the bins? We complete a waste audit at the Visitor Centre and the results are interesting – lots of room for improvements as we move toward trying to be zero waste.

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