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Walking by the Water of Leith - Edinburgh Part 3

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

For those of you who are thinking of visiting Edinburgh, I thought I would share a lovely walk we did along the Water of Leith. You can walk along it for 12 miles between Balerno (West of Edinburgh) and Leith (Edinburgh's harbor, East). We only did a small portion of it between Canonmills and the Gallery of Modern Art, but it was a very pleasant walk.

I found this map on a wonderful website about the Water of Leith's walk. It is here:

Just after Canonmills, we passed by some pretty gardens...

I had never seen that flower before. Do you have any idea what it could be?

[Edit DONEGIRL: "That flower is an astrantia- it's one of my favourites. A wonderful flower as it's pretty, hardy, long-flowering, easy to divide, comes in white and many shades of pink and does not take over a border. Its only drawback is that it does not smell nice -which is only a problem if you try to cut it for indoor display - you won't notice the smell in the garden."
Thank you so much DONEGIRL!!!]

As we approached Stockbridge, more houses appeared through the branches...

In Stockbridge, we went window shopping for a while, and I bought a few things in one of the very lovely shops... I could have spent much more money there!

Then we took the wrong path and got lost! Don't hesitate to ask for the way, or you could end up very far away from the river! In our case, it didn't matter, we met some fun seagulls!

Finally back on the right path, we left Stockbridge and reached Dean Village.

Dean Village was a successful grain milling hamlet for more than 800 years. There were mills here from at least 1128, supplying flour and other milled grain to Edinburgh. The mills were driven by the strong currents of the Water of Leith.

The milling stones on this picture were from Lindsay's Mill, one of 11 mills which worked in Dean Village in the 17th century.

The area has now become a desirable residential area. The houses are so beautiful!

We left Dean Village and continued further West. By then, I was starting to feel that maybe I could have something to eat if it suddenly became available!

It was the wildest part of the area we had walked so far. It smelt of wild garlic! We saw a heron in the distance. I am sure we could have seen other animals and birds if we had stayed quietly by the river for a while.

And then we reached the little wooden bridge which leads to the Gallery of Modern Art!

About 50 steps later, we were there and headed straight to the wonderful restaurant. I already mentioned the Victoria & Albert Museum's restaurant in a blog about London a few months ago, I am starting to fear you'll think I only like museums for their restaurants and cafés! ;-)

I do recommend the Gallery of Modern Art's restaurant! They even had a vegetarian option which was so appealing it was what I chose even though I am not a vegetarian. It was wonderful, I'll have to try and redo it at home!

One last view from outside the Gallery of Modern Art and its interesting pond (which is a piece of art itself, called 'Landform')... Many thanks for reading! It is great to see so many of you sharing their interest for Edinburgh, and their own experiences of the city too. Thank you! Very soon I'll post my last blog about this trip: a hike we did by the seaside East of Edinburgh. That was awesome too!
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