The Water of Leith Walkway is a lovely route for walking and cycling in Edinburgh. The 12 mile long path follows the river which runs through the heart of the city. It begins in Balerno to the west, leading through many places of interest, all the way to Leith in the north east.

It runs past the Dunstane Houses with many of our guests taking a walk down there during their visit. From the hotel, you can stroll along to the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Village, Murrayfield Stadium and Roseburn Park. All just a short walk away.

The whole walk, from Balerno to Leith, takes approximately 5 hours to complete. Below we have split it into three sections of around 4 miles each and we are located in the middle section, about a 3.5 hour walk from Balerno and 1.5 hours from the Leith. Of course you don’t have to go that far. You can plan your own route, entering and exiting the walkway at any point along the way, to see what you discover off the beaten track.

PART 1: Balerno > Currie > Juniper Green > Colinton.
Distance: approx 4 miles.
Points of interest: Colinton Village and Dell.
PART 2: Colinton > Slateford > Roseburn > Dean Village.
Distance: approx 4 miles.
Points of interest: Visitor Centre, Saughton Winter Gardens, Murrayfield Stadium, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art (and The Dunstane, of course!).
PART 3: Dean Village > Stockbridge > Canonmills > Bonnington > Leith.
Distance: approx 4 miles.
Points of interest: Dean Village, Royal Botanic Gardens, Leith attractions.
This map provided by the Water of Leith Conservation Trust is an excellent guide to the full route. The walkway is well sign posted and links up with other footpaths and cycle routes.

You will have earned a drink in the Ba’ Bar after all that walking. Recover wit the ‘medicinal’ proporties of an Orkney Gin, or take a long soak in the bath with a glass of Champagne in hand! If your legs are too tired to bring you to us, we will bring it all to you. Just ask at reception for details of our room service.

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