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  • 5.0 star rating
    8/5/2014

    This is perfect for a stroll on a sunny afternoon or an alternative (slightly longer but much prettier) cycle or walk into town.  You can venture along it for as long as you like with paths diverting off along the way to the Shore, Leith Walk, Stockbridge, the city centre all the way down to Balerno.

    The Water of Leith is a haven in the city. There's nothing more relaxing than a stroll down the walkway or a jog up to the Shore. The Water of Leith walk scores massive points for being so accessible, so good for bike paths and so darn lovely.

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/5/2008
    First to Review

    Lovely, nature in the middle of a busy city.
    Good for walks, short cuts and forgetting your worries.
    take your time here and a camera.

    • Qype User kizzi2…
    • Edinburgh
    • 2 friends
    • 56 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    The walk along the Water of Leith from the Shore all the way up to Balerno is a lovely way to spend a quiet afternoon. The entire walk is quite a challenge, but you can easily pick it up at points and only do part of it.

    Starting at the Shore the walk takes you past the waterfront and through the park with all it's ducks and swans. It's then on through Canonmills to Stockbridge where where the walk becomes particularly pretty. Passing through the Dean Village is one of my favourite parts as the area is so peaceful.

    As you make your way between the Dean Village and Murrayfield don't forget to look out for the Granary bar as a quick place to have a stop off, and the back entrances to the Modern Galleries.

    Once past Murrayfield the walk veers up past the stadium towards the Viaduct at Longstone. Here there is the Water of Leith visitor centre, which is another great place for a stop over. From here, it's a nice walk as you head out towards the countryside and the Pentlands and beyond.

    • Qype User lattal…
    • Edinburgh
    • 2 friends
    • 95 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/1/2009

    The union canal - I used to love walking along here as a kid it was like a mini adventure. Great walks long or short - cycle if you prefer.

    Wander along without a care in the world and take a breather from the hustle of the city centre. Really good on a sunny summer day.

    Spot wild life such as fish (trout) and many species of birds.

    • Qype User jemmap…
    • Edinburgh
    • 7 friends
    • 89 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/2/2011

    I've tackled this walk from Balerno to Leith, and it's a great way to spend a day feeling like you're in Stand By Me. I would like to point out that it is NOT the Union Canal, it is a river called the Water of Leith. The Union Canal does pass over the Water of Leith when you get to the visitor center at Longstone, look out for the aquaduct!

    The nicest parts are probably Balerno to Longstone and Dean Village to Cannonmills. It's nice to stop in Stockbridge for a break, however my friends and I managed the whole thing in 4 hours when it was very icy and snowy and then had a drink in Leith. It's awesome when you get to the end and see the smiling face of Sandy Irvine Robertson welcoming you to the Shore.

    • Qype User ellyce…
    • Edinburgh
    • 4 friends
    • 91 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/12/2011

    A wonerful and extensive walk.
    There are multiple access points and bike paths (I use it as a direct bike path to the Shore).
    Many beautiful views too. Looking forward to enjoying it more as the weather improves.

    • Qype User Sheeps…
    • Edinburgh
    • 3 friends
    • 62 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    Lovely walk or cycle. Fun day for the family if you bring a PicNic and eat around halfway. Try and spot some fish and i THINK you are aloud to fish! but careull because there is quite alot of rubbish in the water although you often cant see it.

    • Qype User chryse…
    • Edinburgh
    • 21 friends
    • 39 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/4/2008

    The Water of Leith winds it's way inland from the Firth of Forth in a leisurely and round-about manner. It predominantly passes through quite suburbs, flanked by walking paths and the odd bench seat to soak up the serenity and sunshine. Take a picnic, a good book and some bread to feed the ducks, and while away a sunny afternoon in peace and tranquillity.

    • Qype User semdav…
    • Edinburgh
    • 2 friends
    • 65 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    This is a great place to walk, feels like you're in the countryside even in the sections right in the centre of the city. Around Dean Village it descends into a glen with great trees. There's always a lot of wildlife to view, lots of herons as well as ducks. Great for cycling as well although access generally by steps.

    • Qype User booboo…
    • Edinburgh
    • 0 friends
    • 47 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    Great beauty that runs right through the centre of Edinburgh linking east to west. Perfect for a short or long cyle or even for a relaxing stroll. Brilliant beauty in the water and the wildlife in the trees. Something you really wouldnt expect to find in a busy city.

    • Qype User drew…
    • Glasgow
    • 1 friend
    • 47 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/11/2008

    Cycling from Edinburgh city centre to Balerno using the water of Leith is a three hour round trip with plenty of trees rocks and water falls. Starting either early or late can help you avoid getting in the way of walkers. It is worth bringing a torch for the dodgy lights in the tunnel at Collington.

    • Qype User dj2…
    • Edinburgh
    • 9 friends
    • 14 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    10/5/2011

    love going hear with kids lots to see and swans and duck for kids to feed recommend to all for a lovely walk and day out

    • Qype User 3lit…
    • Edinburgh
    • 7 friends
    • 33 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    12/10/2012

    a very nice place to take long nature walks. great whether it be in winter or summer. so much to see. Nice to take a picnic and enjoy the scenery, sitting for awhile taking in nature's beauty. Not sure how it at night as i've never been there @ this time.

    • Qype User choay…
    • Edinburgh
    • 0 friends
    • 46 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/11/2008

    A wonderful walk! If you're a nature person, then this is a must see in the city.

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