GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Water of Leith

12 miles (20 km)

This waterside cycling and walking trail follows the Water of Leith through Edinburgh.
The route runs for just over 12 miles from BalernotoLeith along the small river. It's a nice flat path, ideal for cyclists looking for an easy ride, or walkers after an easy waterside stroll. Along the way there's lots of pretty waterfalls and weirs with wildlife such as herons to look out for.
The access point for the start of the walk is at Balerno School on Bridge Road. You then follow the path in a north easterly direction, passing Currie, Juniper Greenand Colinton Dell. Around here you will pass Redhall Mill and the accompanying mill cottages, with woodland and weirs to enjoy. Shortly after you will come to Slateford where you can explore The Water of Leith visitor centre. This is another good access point for the walk as there is a small car park and interesting exhibits about the walk in the centre. From here you pass underthe aquaduct carrying the Union Canal and the viaduct carrying the railway.
You continue through Saughton to Murrayfield where you will pass Murrayfield Stadium, home to Scottish rugby. The walk then heads through the delightful Dean Village. This area is one of the real highlights of the route, with some wonderful Georgian architecture and the Scottish National Galleries of Modern Art.
The next stage takes you under the 19th century Telford Dean Bridge to St Bernard's Well, where there is a Roman temple-style folly and a statue of Hygeia, Goddess of Health. You continue to Stockbridge where you will find the lovely Royal Botanic Gardens. The garden's living collection consists of more than 13,302 plant species,whilst theherbariumcontains in excess of 3 million preserved specimens.
The final section takes you through Bonnington to the finish point at North Leith, near to the docks of the Port of Leath.
If you would like to extend your walking in the area then the walking trails around Harlaw Reservoir and Threipmuir Reservoir in Balernoare good options. Around Slateford the river joins with the Union Canal which has a nice waterside walking and cycling trail.

Water of Leith OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Water of Leith Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Water of Leith at Colinton Dell

Water of Leith at Colinton Dell

The Water of Leith, Edinburgh Scotland

The Water of Leith, Edinburgh Scotland

Edinburgh - Water of Leith - End (2961548859)


Water of Leith - - 978702

Water of Leith

Weir on the Water of Leith at Woodhall - - 1225539

Weir on the Water of Leith at Woodhall

Heron, Water of Leith - - 200281

Heron, Water of Leith

Ford over the Water of Leith - - 917009

Ford over the Water of Leith

The Water of Leith - - 350498

The Water of Leith


GPS Files

GPX File

Water of Leith.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Water of Leith.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)