Leith is perfect for those who want the convenience of living in Edinburgh but with something a little different and distinct, with its own unique vibe. The historic area on the Firth of Forth remains a busy port for freight and cruise liners, but today it blends its maritime heritage with contemporary residential areas and a host of bars, restaurants and facilities.
Made famous in the Proclaimers song ‘Sunshine on Leith’ and home to SPL football team Hibernian, this bustling area to the north of the city centre is blessed with a fantastic range of bus services, including the 10, 11, 16, 17 and 22, so you’ll never feel disconnected from the heart and soul of the capital. And things are set to get even more connected when the tram service extension to Newhaven arrives.
The area attracts an eclectic mix of people, including lots of original ‘Edinburgers’, students and professionals, attracted by its affordability and variety of properties available. From the traditional flats lining Leith Walk and its numerous side streets, to the contemporary dockside apartments overlooking the Water of Leith, there is something for everyone and every budget.
Leith folk are down to earth and know what makes a great evening out. The area around the Shore is a hive of activity in the evenings, with an impressive collection of restaurants, including lots of seafood cuisine and Michelin star restaurants, as well as cool bars. But that’s not all – there are plenty of other places to dine and drink dotted throughout Leith, including great coffee at the very hip Port O’ Leith bar on Constitution Street. The Dreadnought pub on North Fort Street is a hidden gem and twice winner of CAMRA pub of the year!
Shopping is easy and varied, from the major supermarkets including Tesco and Asda and many popular high street outlets, to numerous independent shops lining Leith Walk, in particular. Then there is Ocean Terminal, a purpose-built shopping and leisure complex within the docklands redevelopment, which in addition to great retail therapy boasts a wide range of eateries, a cinema, a gym and the home to the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Leith is excellent for families, with its laid back atmosphere, good local schools and plenty of green space and play areas, the best of which can be found on Leith Links.