Shores and Waterways in Edinburgh

Cramond Silhouetted Couple On Beach

Often, stories about Edinburgh’s history tend to focus on the city’s Old and New Town. However, the area’s coast and waterways have played a significant part in shaping Edinburgh’s past and continue to do so today.


Join us as we dip our toes in the water and explore these important, and picturesque, parts of Edinburgh’s landscape.


Edinburgh's Seaside

Portobello Waterboarding Beach

“Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!” – from wide proms that are prefect for exploring the coastline on two wheels, to golden beaches with breath-taking views, you’re never far from the perfect coastal retreat in Edinburgh.

Get ready to feel the sand between your toes with our guide to Edinburgh’s Seaside


Explore The Forth Bridges

Image Of Edinburghs Three Bridges Birds Eye View

Three bridges spanning three centuries, the iconic Forth Bridges dominate the Edinburgh skyline and play an important part in the country’s transport infrastructure.

 Discover more about these historic structures


Discover The Water of Leith Walkway

Dean Village Coloured Housing

A joy to behold all year round, The Water of Leith Walkway weaves its way through the city and is the perfect place to rediscover the tranquillity of nature.

Strap on your boots, fasten your jacket and discover The Water of Leith Walkway


Edinburgh’s Union Canal

Canal And Cyclist

Originally built to transport coal, today The Union Canal sees a different kind of action. Pretty narrowboats, paddleboarders, cyclists and walkers all make use of this 19th century waterway, which links Edinburgh Quay to the Falkirk Wheel.

Take to the water and discover more about the Union Canal>