'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 28th Jul

EAT – a hardcore hunting and foraging session

Adventurous Fun for 8 to 12 year olds – drop off
Hunter or Gatherer – could you find enough to eat? Discover what the rivers wildlife eats and how it survives
2pm to 4pm
£7 per child

Tue 2nd Aug

River Dipping

Fun for 4 to 10 year olds – Wear your wellies and join us in the river for our favourite activity
2pm - 4pm
£7 - accompanying adult free

Thu 4th Aug

Wild at Art

Unleash you inner artist on this nature themed activity
Adventurous Fun for 8 to 12 year olds – drop off
2pm - 4pm

Latest News & Blog Posts


Local Companies Volunteer to help the river

This week’s there has been a surge of interest from Corporate groups to get out on the river and make …


Charlotte Runs Again

Not content with a marathon distance this time our adventurous Conservation and Volunteers Officer is taking on Scotland’s first back yard ultra in Orkney, running 4.16 miles on the hour, every hour. It never gets dark so she could run day & night!


Building Site River

Sometimes it feels like every patch of green or brown in our city is under development, the drive for housing …

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