I love Leith Shore for its connection to history and its beautiful vistas. I love sitting, having a glass of wine and some great seafood whilst watching the sea with the gigantic boats and all its connections to it’s industrial past. It is a lovely part of the city to come and visit during the festival or on one Edinburgh’s sunnier evenings. I especially love coming down to the shore on a sunny day and sitting on what might be my favourite bench in all of Edinburgh.
This bench is lovingly dedicated to a dad, Sandy Irvine Robertson, a man of many talents and I love the sentimentality and the feeling of connecting with someone’s history and family when I sit here. It’s great after a sunny day as the metal warms up and keeps your hands from freezing, which is great, because even on a sunny day it might still be a bit chilly in Scotland! I love getting to people watch and it’s also just a great photo opportunity with friends.
This part of Edinburgh always feels so real to me, it is an area that has seen a lot of change due to development and regeneration but it never lost its true self and is an area that even in the height of summer, you can escape the crowds of tourists and have a quiet pint.