We Love Leith

Here are a few photographs from our adventures in and around Leith. From historical buildings and clues to the past, current inspirational local businesses, social enterprises and charities, street art, art colleges and a few book recommendations, there are so many hidden gems that don't make it to "Top 10 Things to do in Leith" or Guidebooks. This is Leith by Leithers.

 

Click on each image to see what it is. There is lots of information online about these places if you know what to search for, so this page can act as a signpost.

 

Please let us know if anything is incorrect. This page is a labour of love and a work in progress so look out for more images appearing over time.

 

We've used what3words to help locate where each photograph was taken. You can also find some of the named places on our accompanying list on Google Maps.

All photos © Leith Comedy Festival. Please credit if using or ask us about high resolution versions.

Leith Theatre

Leith Theatre

Leith Theatre was a gift from Edinburgh after the amalgamation of Leith in 1920, despite a vote 6:1 against. It was bombed during the war in 1941, reopening 20 years later playing host to AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and Kraftwerk. It lay derelict for decades until a dedicated group of Leithers fought to bring it back to life. Image description: a 1930s theatre from the stage, hosting a busy clothes fair with stalls with festoon lighting what3words: ///idea.piles.among

Pier with Antony Gormley Statue, Ocean Drive, Leith

Pier with Antony Gormley Statue, Ocean Drive, Leith

Derelict Pier with Antony Gormley Statue at the end, right beside where Port of Leith, the world's first vertical whisky distillery is being constructed. Image Description: A derelict wooden pier over choppy water, viewed from the land and looking straight along it what3words: ///host.lonely.turned

Leith Dry Dock

Leith Dry Dock

This was the first dry dock in Leith, and has since been filled in. You can still see the shape of the building which would have accommodated the front of a ship. Image Description: A tenement building with a door and window in an alcove, where the front of a ship would have been held what3words: ///flight.fault.discouraged

Sculpture of Sandy Irvine Robertson, The Shore, Leith

Sculpture of Sandy Irvine Robertson, The Shore, Leith

Sandy Irvine Robertson OBE (1942-1999) was a Leith wine merchant and founder of the Scottish Business Award Trust. The sculpture is by Lucy Poett. Image Description: A life-size bronze statue of a man sitting on a bench, with a small boy standing on the bench looking directly at him What3words: ///weep.piano.youth

Queen Victoria Statue, Kirkgate, Leith

Queen Victoria Statue, Kirkgate, Leith

Queen Victoria - enough has been written about her so here's a mention from Trainspotting instead: Ah clock Franco at Queen Sticky-Vicky’s statue, talkin tae this big dude, a mean hombre called Lexo; a casual acquaintance, if ye catch ma drift. Funny scene, likesay, how aw the psychos seem tae ken each other, ken what ah mean, likes? Such alliances are unholy man, just unholy… Image Description: Looking up at a statue of Queen Victoria what3words: ///grace.light.cattle

South Leith Parish Church, Kirkgate, Leith

South Leith Parish Church, Kirkgate, Leith

Image Description: A sunlit arched green door of a church what3words: ///strict.marble.cherry

The King's Wark, The Shore, Leith

The King's Wark, The Shore, Leith

The King's Wark used to be known as The Jungle, a fitting title for the wild activities that went on here! what3words: ///curving.trail.hosts

Whisky bonds opposite The Shore

Whisky bonds opposite The Shore

what3words: ///sofa.slang.gift

Customs House, Commercial Street, Leith

Customs House, Commercial Street, Leith

Custom House Leith is the oldest custom house in Scotland. The A-listed Georgian building was designed by Robert Reid, built in 1810 Image description: Looking up at a neo-classical building with pillars what3words: ///years.palm.tested

what3words: ///mirror.dash.rival

Lamb's House, Water's Close, Leith

Lamb's House, Water's Close, Leith

Image Description: Looking up at a 17th century white house, with blue sky behind. There are gables and a wooden balcony what3words: ///hopes.basis.swift

Leith Crest: Persevere

Leith Crest: Persevere

what3words: ///weedy.prone.loser

The Central Bar, Foot of Leith Walk

The Central Bar, Foot of Leith Walk

The Central Bar used to be the bar for Leith Central Station, hence the name. It's Grade A Listed and when we were in they said that means they're not allowed to clean the tiles! They also used to put a board over the back booth for go go dancers... not unusual for Leith in the past. Reported to be one of Irvine Welsh's favourite bars. Image Description: what3words: ///manual.alien.paying

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Hawthornvale, Leith

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Hawthornvale, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///sits.wires.bath

Porter's Stone, Henderson Street, Leith

Porter's Stone, Henderson Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///sculpture.sang.allows

The Citadel

The Citadel

Image Description: what3words: ///atoms.melon.hedge

Constitution Street by Jemma Neville

Constitution Street by Jemma Neville

Image description: orange and blue cover of the book "Constitution Street" by Jemma Neville

Constitution Street Arch, Leith

Constitution Street Arch, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///later.oldest.locker

Trinity House Museum, Kirkgate, Leith

Trinity House Museum, Kirkgate, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///fame.trying.monkey

The Old Lighthouse and Whale Harpoon on Shore, Leith

The Old Lighthouse and Whale Harpoon on Shore, Leith

Image Description: A view of The Shore in Leith, looking along the river at sunset. There is the top of a lighthouse and a whale harpoon what3words: ///flock.woke.copies

Art along the Water of Leith: "It disna matter where she gangs she's always happy and gay now she's kipping it up wi a navvy at the fit o the sherry brae" Image Description: a sunlit paving stone with capital letters carved in a spiral what3words:

The Citadel Youth Centre, Commercial Street, Leith

The Citadel Youth Centre, Commercial Street, Leith

Image description: A photograph of an old railway station, now used as a youth centre what3words: ///legend.under.string

Coburg House Art Studios

Coburg House Art Studios

Image Description: An imposing former granary, with a red and white sign around the main entrance what3words: ///foods.exit.recent

Corn Exchange, Constitution Street, Leith

Corn Exchange, Constitution Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///onion.parks.enable

Western Harbour or Point of Leith Lighthouse, built in the 1950s Image description: A derelict, graffitied lighthouse on concrete stilts, surrounded by high railings saying "no unauthorised persons beyond this point" what3words: ///narrow.cats.gentle

The building which is now Malmaison Hotel was built in 1883 as a Seaman's Mission and later became the Angel Hotel. Both previous establishments were renowned for wild nights and being brothels. Image description: Looking up at an uplit imposing building with a castellated clock tower at dusk what3words: ///tiger.leans.aware

Leith Sands

Leith Sands

This is closed off to the public but Leith has a beach! It is the only part left of a much larger beach which used to host the Leith Races from around 1504 to 1816. They moved to Musselburgh but were never as wild as they were in Leith... Image Description: A screenshot from a satellite image on Google Maps of a small beach what3words: ///zones.select.stores

C.M. Marr picture framers on Ferry Road, Leith

C.M. Marr picture framers on Ferry Road, Leith

There used to be a stained glass image of a ship on the main window, and the day after an auctioneer expressed interest of the window being valuable, a truck backed into it completely destroying it. Image Description: A traditional picture framer's workshop with pictures and frames stacked against the wall what3words: ///librarian.worth.calls

Cables Wynd House, Leith

Cables Wynd House, Leith

Cables Wynd in Leith, known as the Banana Flats because of the shape of the curved buildings. Grade A listed buildings are one of the best examples of 1960s Brutalist Architecture, and were carefully designed as an upgrade to the tenement slums that were torn down. Home to fictional character Sick Boy in Irvine Welsh's book Trainspotting Image Description: Highrise flats which curve around to the left what3words: ///sharp.small.flesh

Alan the crocodile on the Water of Leith

Alan the crocodile on the Water of Leith

Image Description: Graffiti of a green cartoon crocodile wearing sunglasses on a white door and brick wall what3words: ///resist.limbs.hills

Leith School of Art, North Junction Street, Leith

Leith School of Art, North Junction Street, Leith

Formerly the Norwegian Seaman's Church Image Description: A church with a blue door what3words: ///took.rear.guess

Mural, North Junction Street, Leith

Mural, North Junction Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///speeds.rift.finest

Leith Market, Dock Place, Leith

Leith Market, Dock Place, Leith

Image Description: an outdoor market with yellow and white awnings on a sunny day what3words: ///goods.pads.combining

Mural off Bernard Street, Leith

Mural off Bernard Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///vanish.pounds.fortunate

Projekt 42, Leith Walk

Projekt 42, Leith Walk

Image Description: A red gate saying "Projekt 42" what3words: ///rods.splash.gifts

Crow Mosaic

Crow Mosaic

Image Description: what3words: ///spit.putty.analogy

Leith Victoria Swing Bridge

Leith Victoria Swing Bridge

Image Description: what3words: ///test.agrees.bring

Antony Gormley Statue, Water of Leith, Anderson Place, Leith, Edinburgh

Antony Gormley Statue, Water of Leith, Anderson Place, Leith, Edinburgh

Image Description: what3words: ///camp.keeps.toxic

Water of Leith Artwork

Water of Leith Artwork

Image Description: what3words: ///towns.quit.choice

Leith Library

Leith Library

Image Description: A grand entrance consisting of a wooden door at the top of stone stairs, flanked by stone pillars what3words: ///unwanted.rates.solar

Leith Links Playpark

Leith Links Playpark

Image Description: A huge playpark with 3 climbing frame ships and an enormous sandpit what3words: ///song.loyal.goat

Guru Nanak Gurdwara Edinburgh, Sheriff Brae, Leith

Guru Nanak Gurdwara Edinburgh, Sheriff Brae, Leith

Since 1976, the building has been used by the Edinburgh Sikh community as their Gurdwara. Formerly St Thomas’s Church, Manse and schools. Built with money from slaver John Gladstone. Sheriff Brae, Leith Image Description: what3words: ///lamp.hidden.forces

Fish Sculpture Commercial Quay

Fish Sculpture Commercial Quay

Image Description: what3words: ///pocket.enhancement.react

Banksy Rat, Bernard Street, Leith

Banksy Rat, Bernard Street, Leith

Banksy? This appeared in Bernard Street, Leith in 2019, along with a masked man wearing a top with the EU flag on it, throwing a bouquet of flowers. Is it real? We hope so! Image Description: a black stencil on a white wall of a rat holding a paintbrush what3words: ///added.fried.edge

Burns Statue, Constitution Street, Leith

Burns Statue, Constitution Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///backed.kept.diary

North Leith Cemetry

North Leith Cemetry

North Leith Churchyard The original churchyard was much bigger but flats were built on it. Image Description: an old gravestone with angels and skull carvings what3words: ///path.part.minds

The Pitt

The Pitt

The Pitt Image Description: what3words: ///props.punch.trap

Leith and Edinburgh Boundary

Leith and Edinburgh Boundary

Bier Hoose, formerly the Boundary Bar, with 2 doors which mark the original boundary between Leith and Edinburgh, before they were amalgamated against Leith's will in 1920. Image Description: what3words: ///crisis.hired.yoga

The Biscuit Factory, Anderson Place, Leith

The Biscuit Factory, Anderson Place, Leith

The Biscuit Factory Image Description: the inside of a bright warehouse with lots of windows and metal supports what3words: ///farm.renew.aware

The Old Pump House at Leith Docks

The Old Pump House at Leith Docks

Image description: what3words: ///bleak.bounty.bunch

The Leither's Guide to Leith

The Leither's Guide to Leith

The Leither's Guide to Leith, an unofficial guide written by students at Leith Academy. Available to buy at The Scottish Design Exchange in Ocean Terminal Image Description: an image of the book: "The Leither's Guide to Leith"

St Ninian's Manse, Leith

St Ninian's Manse, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///string.market.many

Leith Police Station Old Council Chamber

Leith Police Station Old Council Chamber

Leith Police Station Old Council Chamber with an oil painting of "George IV Landing at Leith" by Alexander Carse, 1822. It's well worth a visit on Doors Open Day where they take a bit too much delight in slamming the door when you're inside a cell! Image Description: A grand room with a large rectangular table surrounded by chairs, and a large oil painting on the wall what3words: ///discouraged.healers.steps

Campervan Brewery, Leith

Campervan Brewery, Leith

Image Description: a smiling man in dungarees standing with his hands on his hips, at the entrance of a brewery what3words: ///crazy.tulip.sticks

Old Leith Central Station

Old Leith Central Station

Leith Central Station, now offices home to social enterprises Social Bite and Invisible Cities Image Description: Looking down traditional station stairway, with green tiles on the wall what3words: ///cracks.roofs.alone

Scottish Design Exchange

Scottish Design Exchange

This has now moved to George Street. Image Description: what3words: ///soda.slam.bottle

Statue of Dr John Rattray Statue at Leith Links, by David Annand

Statue of Dr John Rattray Statue at Leith Links, by David Annand

A bronze statue of Dr John Rattray Statue at Leith Links by David Annand St Andrews might be famous for golf now but the rules were written in Leith. John Rattray took part in the very first golf competition in 1744, for which the rules were drawn up. Charles I and James VII are said to have played golf on Leith Links First Rules of Golf 1744 Image Description: A life-size bronze statue of a man in 18th century clothing holding a golf club, about to tee off. what3words: ///bottle.total.ruler

Leith Fort

Leith Fort

Image Description: what3words: ///maple.report.weep

Swanfield, Leith

Swanfield, Leith

Swanfield, Leith formerly flour mills Image Description: A graffitied wall with a bollard in the shape of a bunch of wheat, with a metal sign saying "Swanfield" what3words: ///wells.ballots.submit

Spilt Milk Coffee, Great Junction Street, Leith

Spilt Milk Coffee, Great Junction Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///gaps.slimy.twice

The Junction, Great Junction Street, Leith

The Junction, Great Junction Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///invite.lists.rift

Leith Community Croft, Leith Links

Leith Community Croft, Leith Links

Image Description: what3words: ///locker.occupy.polite

Old Leith Hospital

Old Leith Hospital

Prudence & Fortitude Image Description: what3words: ///mouse.name.apron

Dr Bell's Family Centre

Dr Bell's Family Centre

Image Description: what3words: ///events.rots.grabs

Leith Little Free Library, Chandler Street, off Leith Links

Leith Little Free Library, Chandler Street, off Leith Links

Image Description: what3words: ///wide.script.sheet

State Cinema, Great Junction Street, Leith

State Cinema, Great Junction Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///bucks.booth.ritual

Hemingway's, Commercial Street, Leith

Hemingway's, Commercial Street, Leith

Fairleys pub, now Hemingway's, was said to have had a puma in a cage! Maybe not that odd for a port town but this was only in the 70s... Image Description: what3words: ///hips.pines.relay

Georgian Antiques, Pattison Street, off Leith Links

Georgian Antiques, Pattison Street, off Leith Links

Image Description: what3words: ///sorters.stay.crisis

Old Leith Hospital

Old Leith Hospital

Image Description: what3words: ///lamps.woke.party

The Fingal, Alexandra Dock, Leith

The Fingal, Alexandra Dock, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///drove.remind.charmingly

Custom Lane, Customs Wharf, Leith

Custom Lane, Customs Wharf, Leith

A collaborative centre for design and making Image Description: what3words: ///door.normal.return

Mary Queen of Scots Plaque

Mary Queen of Scots Plaque

A Plaque which reads: "This Plaque commemorates the landing in Leith of Marie Stuart, Queen of Scots, upon her return from Frace on 19th August 1561. Placed here by the Marie Stuart Society in the year of the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2002" Image Description: what3words: ///items.spare.leap

Newhaven Lighthouse

Newhaven Lighthouse

Image Description: what3words: ///awake.glow.bossy

Leith Walk Police Box

Leith Walk Police Box

Image Description: what3words: ///handed.able.frogs

Multicultural Family Base, Coburg Street, Leith

Multicultural Family Base, Coburg Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///yards.doctor.minute

Sketchy Beats, Great Junction Street, Leith

Sketchy Beats, Great Junction Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///roofs.asking.sulk

Easter Road Stadium, Leith

Easter Road Stadium, Leith

Home of Hibernian or Hibs football team. Image description: an aerial photograph of the city of Edinburgh, taken from Arthur's Seat what3words: ///organs.cove.pack

The Old Dr Bell's Baths, Great Junction Street, Leith

The Old Dr Bell's Baths, Great Junction Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///defeat.remote.drill

Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Giles Street, Leith

Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Giles Street, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///tigers.storms.award

The Shore, Leith

The Shore, Leith

Image Description: what3words:

Leith Dockers Club, Academy Street, Leith

Leith Dockers Club, Academy Street, Leith

Image description: what3words: ///breed.tall.recent

Leith Signal Tower, The Shore

Leith Signal Tower, The Shore

The Signal Tower is one of the oldest standing buildings in Leith, built in 1685 as a windmill. The battlements and windows were added later, and was used as defense in the Napoleonic Wars and then as a signal towers for ships. Image description, looking up at a round stone tower with battlements what3words: ///calms.hype.impose

The Scottish Government, Victoria Quay

The Scottish Government, Victoria Quay

Image description: a modern building overlooking a humanmade pond what3words: ///pipes.economies.ripe

Queen Charlotte Rooms, Leith

Queen Charlotte Rooms, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///rewarding.sofa.medium

Cant's Ordinary Plaque Leith

Cant's Ordinary Plaque Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///brick.search.turns

Holes in wall Consitution Street Leith

Holes in wall Consitution Street Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///copies.slam.chair

Image Description: what3words: ///trick.chip.curvy

Chancelot Mills Leith

Chancelot Mills Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///short.villa.hooks

Out of the Blue Drill Hall Leith

Out of the Blue Drill Hall Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///closes.remind.method

Storries Bakery Leith Walk

Storries Bakery Leith Walk

Image Description: what3words: ///float.race.fries

Teuchter's Landing, Leith

Teuchter's Landing, Leith

Image Description: what3words: ///pots.hidden.tone

Leith Ex-Servicemen's Club

Leith Ex-Servicemen's Club

Image Description: what3words: ///tigers.bill.shell

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Hemingway's, Commercial Street, Leith

Fairleys pub, now Hemingway's, was said to have had a puma in a cage! Maybe not that odd for a port town but this was only in the 70s... Image Description: what3words: ///hips.pines.relay