Leith Docks


Maps of Leith in the 19th century show expansion of the dock area with more and larger docks being created.


As late as the mid-20th century, Leith docks had its own shipyard, and a network or railway lines and steam trains.


My Photos of Leith Docks were taken around 1990.  The docks were still busy, but with less shipping than in earlier days.  The docks have since been  privatised, and access to take photographs has become more difficult.

The 'Tall Ships' event was held in Leith in 1995.  There were visits from Royal Navy ships including HMS Edinburgh and the Ark Royal.

More cruise ships began to visit, often staying for a few days while the passengers visited Edinburgh.  Building on some of the disused land in the docks commenced.  The Scottish Office was built beside the dock where the tugs used to be berthed.


Development of land within the docks has continued, including multi-storey housing, a hotel, a restaurant, sports club, the Ocean Terminal shopping centre and multi-cinema complex and the arrival of the Royal Yacht Britannia, now berthed outside Ocean Terminal and open to visitors following its decommissioning.

Britannia recently [June 2003] was awarded 2nd place, after the London Eye, by the Group Travel Industry in a competition for the best tourist attraction in the UK.

There are plans for further developments on the Forth Port Authorities' land a couple of miles to the west at Granton Harbour, and plans for a tramway linking Leith, Granton and the Waterfront area, further to the west, with Central Edinburgh.


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