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Leith Walk (not so much a street name as an instruction)

Living by Robertson has just unveiled plans to build chic 1,2 &3 bedroom apartments with balconies in the heart of Leith.

If you are lucky enough to live in Leith then you can forget the costs and problems of driving. Living on the interesting edge of one of Scotland’s busiest cities you have the very real option of walking to work, in around twenty minutes to the city centre.

Then there are frequent buses, trains and trams to get further afield – it’s not even far to Edinburgh’s international airport – but why would you want to go far?
Leith itself is buzzing with café life, with cute bistros and delis and interesting galleries and events. (A lot like the capital but less stuffy).

There’s a wonderful mixture of history and energy as investment has migrated from the corporate city centre to the more happening area of the old shoreline, lending Leith the vibrancy it has enjoyed for centuries, in one guise or another.

Here are three random things we bet you didn’t know about Leith;

1. One of the world’s first ever greetings cards was printed in Leith – by Charles Drummond in 1841. (If you can find one in Granny’s attic, you’re quids in)

2. The first passenger / cargo ship to cross the Atlantic under its own power, the SS Sirius, was built in Leith by Robert Menzies & Sons.

3. One of Scotland’s earliest newspapers emanated from Leith – the Mercurious Scoticus, in 1651 (admittedly, it doesn’t sound like a barrel of laughs)

And here are three more;

4. There are currently only eight Michelin starred restaurants in Scotland and Leith has two of those, The Kitchen and Restaurant Martin Wishart. Perfect for foodies and special occasions.

5. But there are also endless bars, bistros and fine pubs – too many to name in fact but lots to discover and enjoy.

6. And if you prefer to cook at home, visit Leith Market every Saturday and pick up fresh produce and more – including a Vegan Quarter once a month.

You realise that we are having to use bullet points here since there are just too many great things in Leith to describe in depth?

7. Leith has been hosting an annual Festival far longer than its larger Edinburgh cousin. It’s still an annual event – like the Mela; an international feast of music and dance.

8. There are galleries to turn any head. Check out the Corn Exchange and others for contemporary exhibitions.

9. And if you want to get out and about, the Water of Leith Walkway follows the Leith shoreline for over twelve miles. Just about right for a weekend cycle. Water of Leith Walkway – Running from Balerno, this walkway follows the river for 12.25 miles emerging onto The Shore at Leith. Walk the streets of Leith and you can pass the ornate stonework of a nineteenth century merchant’s house next to the glass edifice of an achingly cool design agency. You can stop to read a book on the quayside, next to the Queen’s beloved yacht, or stroll through established parkland and listen to the birds.

10. And this may be the most important fact of all. Living by Robertson is just about to launch a select number of one, two and three bedroom apartments with balconies in Leith.

We don’t think they’ll hang about for long so if you want to be one of the first to receive details when available (we’re working on the brochure right now), you’d best call 08450 509111 or email sales.living@robertson.co.uk

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