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.
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 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.
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This diminutive shop (directly below the St Stephen St Apartment) specializes in vintage lighting fixtures as well as a repair service and opens only once a week (a Saturday). With oil lamps and paraphernalia spanning several decades, customers are sure to get a little bit of history along with their purchase. Mr Purves Lighting Emporium is probably best known for its vast array of decorative antique oil lamps and just a touch of eccentricity!!…
Tucked away between Canonmills and Stockbridge, on Glenogle Road, these baths are something of a rare breed – a hark back to Victorian baths, but with a modern twist – only two doors away from the Saxe Coburg apartment – all you need is a towelling robe!
“No self respecting Restuarant gets away with anything less than a selection equal to Ian Mellis cheeses” Judges Special Award, The List http://www.mellischeese.co.uk/MellisHome.asp
From the moment you descend into the decadent grotto that is The Stockbridge Restaurant you know you’re in for a treat http://www.thestockbridgerestaurant.co.uk/index.html
ANTONY GORMLEY can be in many places at once. He is towering 20 metres above the A1/M1 on the approach to Gateshead. He is standing on Crosby Beach, north of Liverpool, waiting for the tide to come in. He is in hundreds of art collections and museums all over the world. And now he is standing up to his knees in the Water of Leith in Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Gormley, whose sculptures of human figures are all based on casts of his own body visited Edinburgh to see the Six life-size cast-iron figures being hoisted into place in a series of locations along the Water of Leith between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Sea. Form more information and to find out about the Water of Leith click http://www.waterofleith.org.uk/blog/2009/6/30/6-times-antony-gormley-statues-proposed-for-the-water-of-lei.html
The National Galleries of Scotland comprises three galleries in Edinburgh and two partner galleries in the North and South of Scotland. Our collection of fine art is amongst the best in the world.
The three Edinburgh galleries are:
- Scottish National Gallery
- Scottish National Portrait Gallery
- Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art