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 240 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.

COVID Update

Our Centre Café is now open for Sit in and Takeaways every day 10.00am to 4.00pm. 

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

Volunteering

Join the team and help protect the Water of Leith

Learning

Discover more on one of our learning programmes or activities

Featured Events

Mon 22nd Nov

The Eel – A Forgotten Fish

Members Evening and Talk
7.30pm to 9.00pm
Free for Members - £5 non

Sun 12th Dec

Mills, Spills and Thrills

Currie, Juniper Green and Colinton are united by the river and their milling heritage
11am to 1pm
£7 - or Free for Members with code

Mon 24th Jan

Bridgescapes

Members Evening and Talk – a journey through history celebrating bridge-building
7.30pm to 9.00pm
Free to Member - £5 non

Latest News & Blog Posts

Visitor Centre

Interactive Exhibition is back open

The Visitor Centre is finally back to full strength as we re-open our interactive exhibition space. The very popular water …

Blog

Scottish Water investigations at Belford

Scottish Water are investigating a potential issue with part of their pipe infrastructure in the Water of Leith, adjacent to …

News

Forth Ports plans for Victoria Bridge

Forth Ports has today (6 September) announced plans to fully repair the Category A Listed Victoria Swing Bridge located at …

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