The Shore is quite simply one of the most beautiful areas in all of Edinburgh. Situated at the mouth of the Water Of Leith, it used to be the heart of industry within Edinburgh. More recently it has been converted into a more upmarket area, bustling with bars and restaurants.
Like most coastal areas in Scotland, there is an abundance of seafood restaurants. There is even a bar on a boat called Cruz, and I once saw Scottish anarcho-punk legends Oi Polloi play in its basement! You don’t have to spend money to have fun at The Shore, though. The views are absolutely stunning, and there is always plenty going on.
Between Spring and Summer is the best time to see The Shore, with the wildlife flourishing in the area. I love seeing the ducklings in the water.
The Shore used to be quite a tough area of Edinburgh, but has become gentrified over the years and is now relatively safe. The lighter evenings are not long away now is a good time to enjoy some of the bars with patios to have a drink on – I particularly like a newish bar called Leith Beer Co, which has a very good sized patio. The best way to get to The Shore is to take a number 22 bus eastbound from Princes Street (the buses are every 5 – 10) minutes. It should take around 20 minutes from the town centre.