Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith
Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith

Everybody knows the Proclaimers song - Sunshine on Leith.

Leith is Edinburgh's port, situated where the Water of Leith, a river that runs through Edinburgh, flows into the Forth Estuary.

Leith has a character all of its own, and "Leithers" are very proud of their heritage.

The title of the proclaimers song, "Sunshine on Leith" brings a smile to the face of Leithers.

This is because the locals often refer to Leith as "Sunny Leith" - a sardonic term as Leith is very often shrouded in a sea fog from the River Forth.

Leith has a long and important history, and the first remains of a port discovered here date as far back as the 12th century.

For many years, Leith was a deprived and run down area, and some parts are still in need of regeneration -  but more recently some areas have seen quite a change.

New houses are being built, and the Shore are in particular is home to some excellent restaurants and pubs.

sunshine on leith
sunshine on leith

During the summer, Cruise ships also arrive here several times a week.

They dock near Ocean Terminal, a large shopping centre which is also the place where you access tours of the Royal Yacht Britannia.  Britannia is moored just to the rear of Ocean Terminal.

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