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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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CATNCAG 5/23/2014 10:56PM

    Wow! So cool Claire! Beautiful landscape! emoticon emoticon

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DONEGIRL 7/22/2013 7:53AM

    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. Great blog again! Nóirín

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 7/14/2013 2:09PM

    Enjoyed the journal as always. Thank you!
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WHITEANGEL4 7/13/2013 11:57PM

    Enjoyed the journey with you

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POUNDSAWAY73 7/7/2013 11:09AM

What a wonderful journey! Thanks for taking me along! Such beautiful pictures. emoticon

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PEZCATHY 7/1/2013 8:48PM

    Thank you for sharing these awesome photos. Because I don't have any friends (or money) and I live alone, I will never visit these wonderful places. It's people like you that share their photos and experiences that let me be able to share in that experience with you. emoticon

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LISALGB 6/26/2013 6:24PM

    What a charming place. This looks like the ideal place to live. I love the museum's pond. It reminds me of one I have seen here in the US - in the South of course. emoticon

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BKNOCK 6/26/2013 2:06PM

    I love your pictures!

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RENATA144 6/24/2013 7:56PM

  You photos are Exquisite !!! emoticon emoticon

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MANILUS 6/24/2013 1:24PM

    Beautiful sightseeing, it is so nice to walk in beautiful areas!

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    Very pretty pictures! Thank you for posting them.

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KAREN91 6/24/2013 10:21AM

    I never realized how beautiful Edinburgh is until I saw your beautiful pictures. Claire, you find beauty wherever you go. You are a very talented photographer, I felt like I was on your walk with you! emoticon Thanks for letting me travel the world!

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KARENLEIGH32 6/23/2013 3:30AM

    This place is extraordinary!

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LIZALOT 6/23/2013 3:18AM

    lovely pictures Claire!! I love the washing hanging out in the gardens of those beautiful cottages. wonderful scenery. i think the flower is a passion flower, but not sure.
it must have been a fabulous walk, and you deserved the meal!!

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BONIFIANT 6/22/2013 11:32PM

    I shared a couple of your Edinburgh blogs with my husband today who exclaimed, "Wonderful photography!" Thanks again for the time you take to prepare your blogs and for sharing them with us.

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MARYJEANSL 6/22/2013 6:26PM

  I was also struck by how lovely the blue doors were. What a beautiful, beautiful area!

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SONDRAJ20 6/22/2013 9:46AM

    Thanks Claire, this was so interesting. I love the house with the blue door. Dean Village is beautiful. It's amazing to think that it has been there for 800 years!!

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SARAWALKS 6/22/2013 8:29AM

    emoticon Well, why NOT go to the museum for the food! emoticon
Seriously, I now have something else to add to my Edinburgh list of must-sees - the walk AND the museum, and by the way the pond is quite sculptural, I love it!
That unusual flower - it looks to me like an old embroidery. I bet those embroideries were based on actual flowers...but we don't see that type any more, at least not often!

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PHEBESS 6/22/2013 2:33AM


And while I enjoy art museums, I also love their cafes and restaurants! When back in London, be sure to go to the National Gallery and have one of their tea trays - lovely sandwiches and fruit and of course a scone with cream and jam. Yummmmmm!

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ROCKYCPA 6/22/2013 12:44AM

    Love your pics - thanks for sharing!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/22/2013 12:40AM

    Beautiful pics!

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JAMER123 6/21/2013 10:15PM

    I have really enjoyed our walks with you. Looking forward to the next one while sorry to hear it is the last one!! Thanks for beautiful pictures!!
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DIANNEMT 6/21/2013 9:54PM

    So beautiful!

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NORASPAT 6/21/2013 9:16PM

    Claire our last name is LOWTHER needless to say it is Scottish from many centuries ago. DH and I both love Edinburgh, if we can ever afford to get home we will visit there by train. I am hoping DH and I will get there soon.

You have done an amazing job of photography here as always. the exception being these were all places I was near but never came across. WELL DONE you are such a photo journalist Pat in Maine. HUGS and much love from Pat.

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 6/21/2013 9:07PM

    Beautiful pictures, I am so enjoying your trip! emoticon

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HIPHIPRENEE 6/21/2013 6:44PM

    Edinburg is one of my favorite cities in the world, and your pictures brought back a lot of memories :) Thank you for sharing.

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WILDASTER 6/21/2013 6:01PM

    How very interesting! I would love to do that walk, and the grilled veggies in your picture look so yummy! We are cooking on the grill tonight and I'm going to do veggies with a little balsamic vinegar. (not too much because of salt issues)
I'm not a big fan of Modern art, but I like the land mass, it has a nice shape and it's green!
I also really like the house with the red door and windows and all the pots of plants out front! I have gotten a nice idea from that. I have big blue pots and I am going to make an arrangement out of them on my cement patio. Maybe we can put some clay pots in there too.

Lovely blog

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SJKENT1 6/21/2013 5:37PM

    I would love to visit this area someday. Thanks!

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MINEA999 6/21/2013 5:23PM

    Thank you! Edinburgh is one of my most favourite cities in the world. I've been there a few times and hope to get back maybe next year.

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SHANNONY84 6/21/2013 3:21PM

    So beautiful as always!

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JACKIE542 6/21/2013 12:12PM

    Looks like another beautiful day, another beautiful walk. All the stone walkways were so pretty as are all the buildings and flowers. Must have been a magical day. Thank you Claire. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/21/2013 11:42AM

  I had no idea how beautiful it is until you showed us. Thanks alot!!! emoticon

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 6/21/2013 11:40AM

    awesome, thanks.

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DELLMEL 6/21/2013 10:45AM

  Really beautiful. I love the pictures.

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NEWTINK 6/21/2013 10:45AM

    Breathtaking beautiful emoticon

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JOANNANOW 6/21/2013 10:37AM

    Wonderful. You are so talented! Thank you also for your comment on my page... I am amazed when I see that you do that too! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 6/21/2013 9:56AM

    How wonderful! I love, love, love looking at all the pictures of this beautiful city!
Thanks for taking us along the walking paths thru the beauty. I loved that flower although I too have never seen it, Would love to have those growing in my yard!
I cant wait to see the next blog and see where else you went.
Your legs must be getting very strong and toned from all these hikes that you go on and take us right along with you!
Have a great Friday!
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