The Alternative Story of Leith

  • 1 Hour
  • 5 to 12
  • Any day by appointment, preferably Wednesday - Saturday

Tour Highlights

Leith is a vibrant and yet lesser-known part of Edinburgh. You’ll learn about Leith’s connections with other parts of the world and the many issues it still faces today whilst learning about its vibrant history and the changes it has gone through in its long history.


We start at the Scottish Merchant Navy Memorial, in the Shore.


The tour will take you through Leith, formerly separated from Edinburgh but known today to be one of the most vibrant and community-led area of the capital.


You will finish on Leith Walk, one of Scotland’s most cosmopolitan areas, where many restaurants, bars, cafés are ready to welcome you for a hot drink!


Languages available: English, Spanish, French.


Warning: this tour contains topics that may not be suitable for young children, such as drug use. However, we can adapt it to a younger audience.


Meet your guide

At Invisible Cities, we have a Leith expert and local legend: Dakota! As a proud Leither they have now developed this tour of Leith so every guest can discover the lesser-known and less-politically-correct stories of Leith.

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Tour revenue will be invested in providing support for our tour guides, who have all been affected by homelessness. If you can donate, any extra amount will be greatly appreciated and very helpful.