Dean Village is named after the deep valley that hides it from view just five minutes walk from Princes Street. For 800 years it was the site of Edinburgh’s flour mills. Today the mills are gone and it has become a tranquil oasis as well as a good starting point for a walk along the Water of Leith to Stockbridge and beyond.
The village can be found by turning down Bell’s Brae from Queensferry Road. A loop back to the city centre can be made by following the Water of Leith Walkway under the Queensferry Road viaduct towards Stockbridge. If you are lucky the 18th century medicinal well of St Bernard will be open and you can try your luck getting some water from the ancient well. It is marked by a statute of the Greek goddess of good health – Hygeia.
If you walk upstream, you can either loop back to Haymarket station, or continue to Murrayfield Stadium or if you fancy a more strenuous walk, after an hour or so you will come across the Union Canal aqueduct which will take you back to the city centre too.