Sunshine shine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith

Get with the beat and revisit the feel good factor of Sunshine on Leith.

The tale of one tight-knit family, and the three couples bound to it, as they experience the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships. And they do it all while singing to the euphoric music of The Proclaimers.

Ally and Davy are two soldiers, returning home to Edinburgh from Afghanistan. On the way home, they head to the pub to forget their troubles, and Ally tells Davy his plans to propose to his girlfriend Liz – who is also Davy’s sister. Not to be left out in the romance stakes, at a party, Liz introduces Davy to one of her work colleagues, Yvonne and the two of them fall for each other. The cosy foursome are enjoying life in Edinburgh, until ambition and opportunity fall at Liz’s feet – will she pursue her dream, or be content as an army wife? Meanwhile, Rab – Liz and Davy’s father finds his marriage to Jean tested by ill-health and the discovery of a secret from the past.

Edinburgh and Leith look stunning in this new feel-good movie – from the dramatic city skyline and historic Old Town to the cobbled streets and cosy, village atmosphere of Leith. This movie map has been designed to show the locations used in the film, as well as to provide inspiration to explore all that Edinburgh and Leith have to offer.

See the film, then visit the locations!


Edinburgh Castle
People walking in Grassmarket past the Beehive Inn
National Gallery of Scotland

Edinburgh’s city centre ranks as one of the most handsome in Europe. With its elegant Georgian streets set against the dramatic silhouette of Edinburgh Castle and the medieval turrets and spires of the Old Town, Edinburgh offers an exciting fusion of shopping, dining and architectural splendour.

Cross the North Bridge to explore the historic Royal Mile with the vibrant Grassmarket drinking area. Learn the local shortcuts, such as the News Steps: a faster way to Waverley Station than the winding streets around the Mound. At the foot of the Mound, one of the city’s many galleries and museums the Scottish National Gallery looks out onto Princes Street Gardens.

Princes Street, right beneath the Castle, is great for retail therapy. Just off the city’s main shopping street is Calton Hill, well worth a climb for panoramic views from the historic Old Town to the waterfront of Leith.


Leith Shoreline
Father, son and daughter look at the signal flags which are organised into a cabinet.,© Helen Pugh
Ocean Terminal

A hub of vibrant eating and drinking spots, creativity and cultural diversity, Leith has a distinct character. This district of Edinburgh, better known as the Port of Leith, has served as Edinburgh’s harbour for hundreds of years.

Follow the Water of Leith from central Edinburgh and emerge onto the cobbled streets of the Shore, lined with bistros and traditional pubs. Leith’s waterfront is jam-packed with top eateries including Michelin-starred restaurants, delicious delis and stylish bars.

Stroll past the working docks to board the Royal Yacht Britannia, berthed alongside Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre.

For a taste of Leith’s creativity explore the galleries with works by local artists, before heading to Leith Walk for a shopping experience like no other. Locals proudly boast that there’s nothing you won’t be able to find on this street, which connects Leith to Princes Street.

For further information about films shot in Edinburgh, see the city’s film office Film Edinburgh