Hotels in Leith
Set in a lively and distinctive district to the north of Edinburgh, Leith hotels offer guests access to the bustling port area full to the brim with fashionable watering holes and chic restaurants.
History and the sea
Leith has historically been an important port for Edinburgh and the area therefore has strong connections with the sea. One of the best places to chart this relationship is at the
Trinity House Maritime Museum. Housed in an elegant Georgian building, the museum has a fascinating collection of artefacts collected by the many mariners who have passed through Leith, including a French Tricolour captured at the Battle of Trafalgar and a 200-year-old whaling harpoon.
Another way to glimpse Leith's maritime past is to hop on board The Royal Yacht Britannia, once the home of the British Royal Family and now an award-winning attraction complete with a lavish tearoom.
If you'd rather explore Scotland's history, a stone's throw from the Britannia is the
Clan Tartan Centre where you can search a database of 50,000 names and see if it is linked to a clan tartan. The centre also has over a hundred Scottish Malt Whiskies to sample.
Close to Leith centre is the Scottish Wildlife Trust headquarters, which is responsible for managing 125 different wildlife reserves across Scotland. Another way to get in touch with nature is by paying a visit to the Our Dynamic Earth exhibition at the foot of Salisbury Crags. This interactive exhibition is ideal for family trips to the area and let's you go back over 15,000 million years to witness the development of life on earth.
Food and drink
Make your way to the shore area of Leith and you'll find Edinburgh's top destination for food. Whether you've got a pallet for authentic Scottish cuisine or mouth-watering seafood, there are plenty of excellent restaurants in the area.
If you'd rather unwind with a pint of local beer, the Leith Beer Company is a welcoming place to relax with a drink and something to eat.
Within walking distance of Leith is the centre of Edinburgh where you'll find a staggering amount of historical and cultural attractions, ranging from Edinburgh Castle and The Royal Mile to the National Gallery of Scotland and the shops along Princes Street.
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