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.
“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
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
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
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>