From inspiring the stories of Irvine Welsh to becoming home to Edinburgh’s favourite waterfront properties, Leith has come a long way over the years. Once a separate town with its own vibrant history, this area of Edinburgh retains much of its personality with its cobbled streets and converted dockland buildings.
With Leith Walk and Ocean Terminal providing all the amenities you’ll need, this is the perfect location for anyone wanting a tasting board of the best of Edinburgh without having to live in the centre of town.
Leith Primary School is a non-denominational primary serving the Leith area. Dating back to 1806, the grand old building is home to 11 classes, covering Primary 1 to Primary 7, and a nursery in the school annex. Its 24 rooms include music, science and group work rooms, dedicated classrooms and a large rear hall used for assemblies and gym classes.
For older kids and teenagers, Leith Academy is a popular state school whose origins date back to 1560. The current building, off Easter Road and just a short walk from Leith Links, was completed in 1991, making it one of the more modern schools in Edinburgh. Currently serving around 900 pupils and 2,800 part-time adult learners, the school is well-equipped for all manner of student needs.
Local businesses and Amenities
Thanks to its gradual resurgence in recent years, Leith is stocked up with all the goods and services you could need. Whether you’re looking for a quiet life down by the water or a busier lifestyle on Leith Walk, you’ll never be more than a stone’s throw from the local amenities.
Leith Walk is an always-bustling historic street filled with small, independent businesses. From friendly corner shops to Moroccan restaurants to dentist surgeries, it’s all here. And being the main road into the centre of Edinburgh, it’s great for a walk into town even if you’re not shopping.
Down on The Shore is where you’ll find some of Edinburgh’s trendiest bars and most exciting nightlife. Most of the buildings originally served the busy port and docklands area, but have now been converted into pubs, cafes and wine bars to serve the increasing population of media professionals. Wander into any bar and you’ll be instantly surrounded by writers, photographers, filmmakers and artists.
And for more family-friendly leisure, Ocean Terminal is a short walk or even shorter drive away, providing classic mall shops, a supermarket and a big-screen cinema.
Even though it’s about as far north of Edinburgh as you can get without being in the sea, Leith is very well connected. Buses run regularly from all areas of Leith to Edinburgh city centre and beyond. The much-discussed tram line is still on the cards, though the current transport offering is perfectly adequate.
What’s perhaps most appealing about Leith is the way it’s managed to become a solid part of Edinburgh, while still feeling like its own town. Making it perfect for anyone wanting the Edinburgh lifestyle but on a smaller scale.