Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Leith

Leaving the botanical gardens, we turn our attention to our walk along the banks of the Water of Leith. We started in the delightful Dean Village.
Taking centre stage was the fine building known as Well Court. Built in the 1880's, commissioned by Sir John Findlay, then the owner of The Scotsman newspaper.
Well Court was originally built for local workers of Dean Village. An advertisement described Well Court as, “providing homes of two and three rooms with conveniences, let to a respectable class of working men at rentals of £7 to £12 per annum.”
We soon left the village behind us and came to the weir.
A little further on, we had views of the Belford Road Bridge.
At a bend in the river, we discovered a Grey heron standing on a fallen log in the stream.
On our way back, we sat for a while at this spot, enjoying the sunshine and the sight of the heron which seemed to be enjoying the sun too.
Back along the Waters of Leith, we passed Dean Village and on past St Bernard's Well.
The classical columns of the building, was designed by Alexander Nasmyth - an artist of the city and was built in 1789. It sits on the river bank with a walkway alongside it with Fuchsias in full bloom...
and Malcolm looking over the side.
Well, that's it for our Edinburgh trip. No doubt we'll be back soon.
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