Water of Leith Walkway

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


It runs past us at The Dunstane Hotel and many of our guests love to take a walk down there during their visit. From our hotel you can stroll along to the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Village, Murrayfield Stadium and Roseburn Park. They are all just a short walk away.

Water of Leith Dean Village

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. We are located in the middle section, about a 3.5 hours 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.

Water of Leith Route

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.

Water of Leith Leith

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.