Leith is home to a population of friendly locals and places to stay to suit every budget and taste.
Fingal is a refurbished lighthouse tender, how home to Edinburgh's luxury floating hotel. This boutique hotel on the Shore is the perfect mix of stylish glamour and old-world charm. Even if you're not staying over, you can pop in for a spot of afternoon tea after you've visited the Royal Yacht Britannia to complete a perfectly posh, nautical themed day.
Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
At the other end of the sliding scale, Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel provides cheap and cheerful accommodation for travellers on a budget. Reputably run by Hostelling Scotland, you can book a shared dorm or private room. The hostel is found just at the top of Leith Walk, so very handy for the city centre, and comes with all the facilities you'd expect, including WiFi, bag storage and tasty breakfasts.
Guest houses and B&Bs
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Leith Links is a lovely, leafy park, surrounded by Victorian and Georgian townhouses, home to a number of family-run guest houses. If you're looking for something casual and quaint, you might find it at Adelphi Hotel, Park View House, Culane House, Merith House or any of their neighbours.
Popular chains and familiar favourites
Edinburgh's shorefront boasts its own branch of Malmaison - a stylish boutique hotel chain with a restaurant and cocktail bar. If you're expecting to spend more time out exploring than in your hotel room, the Premier Inn and Holiday Inn are both conveniently placed for discovering all that Leith has to offer.
Getting to Leith
Leith Walk is currently closed north bound to traffic
If you're coming from Edinburgh Airport, the simplest way to reach Leith is on the Airport bus. Look for a Skylink 200 to bring you to Ocean Terminal, where you can swap to a local bus to find your hotel or start exploring.
You can also catch an Airlink 100 or the tram into the city centre. From there, lots of buses head straight down to Leith Walk and fan out through the neighbourhood, including the 7, 10, 11, 16, 21, 22, 25, 34 and 49.
A great way to experience the city is on a Edinburgh Bus Tour. With 3 city tour routes available, the Majestic Tour heads north of the city centre towards the coast of Newhaven and Leith, stopping at Ocean Terminal for a look around the shops and the chance to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. There's a stop for Leith Mills on the way back up so you can find out about the heritage of your name and browse the Scottish souvenirs.