Dean village in Stockbridge in Edinburgh

A perfect stroll

The short connecting Water of Leith riverside walk between Stockbridge Village and the Dean Village World Heritage Site is simply a joy.

Dean Village lies beneath Thomas Telford’s famous Dean Bridge and is a fascinating blend of old and new architecture.  The area has a bit of a storybook feel to it with its quirky old buildings overlooking the Water of Leith and its bridges and winding pathways.  You will come across St Bernard’s Well with its faux temple on your way, a great photo shoot opportunity.  If you go on for another 5 minutes, you’ll find there a charming riverside entrance to the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery, but there are some very steep steps so a bit of a climb.

Palm tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh

Refresh your senses at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) was founded in the 17th century as a physic garden. Now it extends over four Gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education and is only 10 minutes away. Lots of events on too!  http://www.rbge.org.uk/

Stockbridge market entrance

Stockbridge Sunday Market

Stockbridge Farmers Market operates every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and is just at the end of St Stephen St.  They have hill farmers bringing the freshest of meat, artisan bakers with bread hot from the oven, fresh fish and seafood, hot dishes of street food in gigantic pots give irresistible aromas and lots of home baking, jams and chutneys. They also have cheese traders bringing a range of sensational cheeses from all over Scotland and France and specialty stalls with imported French and Italian delicacies.

It’s not all about food however, there’s also a number of stalls selling vintage clothes & jewelry, handbags, cashmere scarves & throws, and handmade soaps.

When you feel like taking a break from browsing the market stalls, Artisan Roast’s mobile cafe serve up some excellent coffee & cakes in one corner and The French Connection Creperie have some delicious sweet & savory crepes and coffee to enjoy in another.

Stockbridge Market