Leith has served the port of Edinburgh officially since 1329 and it lies on the south shore of the Firth of Forth in the north of the city. It played host to a number of industries over the years, but in the late 1980s the old industrial sites were redeveloped to make way for new housing.
The docks area became home to the new Scottish Office, and that was followed by the Ocean Terminal mall, which is also where the popular tourist attraction, the Royal Yacht Britannia, is permanently moored. As the area was gradually revived, a number of restaurants popped up to serve the new locals and the influx of tourists.
There’s a smattering of high class, fine dining establishments in the old docks area, restaurants like the Michelin-starred The Kitchin, owned and run by Scottish celebrity chef Tom Kitchin. You’ll also find some terrific seafood at The Shore in eateries like Ship on the Shore. Or perhaps the innovative beer and curry house, V-Deep, is more your style.
If you’re staying in the city center or the Old Town then Leith is a short bus or taxi trip away. The bustling Leith Walk runs down from the east end of Princes Street and you’ll find The Shore and the docks lie just beyond the end of it.
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