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Dating back to the 12th century and more recently immortalised in The Proclaimers song, Sunshine on Leith, Leith is a vibrant suburb, which at one time was a separate municipal burgh from the rest of Edinburgh.


Dating back to the 12th century and more recently immortalised in The Proclaimers song, Sunshine on Leith, Leith is a vibrant suburb, which at one time was a separate municipal burgh from the rest of Edinburgh.  
 

The mile long Leith Walk links Leith to the city centre and hosts an eclectic and multicultural range of retailers and eating and drinking establishments. Leith, itself, is home to the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is berthed alongside Ocean Terminal shopping centre.
 

For eating and drinking, The Shore is an attractive area of Leith where cosmopolitan pubs and restaurants sit around the old port. It is also host to a farmers' market on the weekends.
 

After lunch, take a stroll on Leith Links - a former golf course where the first official rules of the game were formulated. Now a public park, The Links is home to children's play areas, football pitches, bowling greens and tennis and petanque courts.
 

Leith Victoria Swim Centre is a traditional Victorian baths near the foot of Leith Walk. The centre has a modern pool, gym, fitness studio, steam room and sauna but also maintains many of its original and charming 19th century features.
 

Art lovers will not be disappointed at Leith's selection of galleries, and nature aficionados will enjoy taking a walk along the Water of Leith walkway which links Leith to the rest of the city.
 

Frequent buses run between Leith and the city centre. The journey takes around ten minutes.




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