The Shore, Edinburgh

The Shore in Edinburgh is surely one the most charming former harbour areas in Europe. It’s a pleasant mix of old and new, as the former warehouses and sailor housing sit beside modern apartment blocks boasting balconies with a view.

The riverside pathways along the Water of Leith provide for a leisurely afternoon’s stroll but most people head to The Shore for its restaurants and bars. Indeed, some of the finest seafood in town can be enjoyed here at The Ship, Fishers and other gastronomic gems.

cruz shore edinburgh

Since The Shore is a little rough around the edges (see the photo below), many people wouldn’t expect to find Michelin starred restaurants here but there are a few, which have inspired the nickname Michelin Mile.

It’s also known as the media and communications hub of the city. Expect to meet many hip young media professional types at any of the many delis at lunchtime. See the boats on the river? Some of them are advertising agency offices!

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To get to The Shore, either walk down Leith Walk, continue along Constitution Street and turn left at Bernard Street, or hop on Lothian buses nr 22 or 16 in the centre of the city. I’d recommend the walk as the contrast between the Kirkgate area you pass along the way and The Shore is remarkable.

nobles bar edinburgh

The Shore bar recommendations:

Noble’s for its beautiful setting with wood panelled walls, stained glass windows and vintage furniture. A fabulous and very affordable menu featuring lots of seafood. Live music nights.

The King’s Wark for a traditional pub experience, fireplace, stone walls and all. Excellent pub grub and seafood.

Roseleaf for its cosy interior, cocktails in teacups and lovely nibbles and meals. It also boasts a selection of hats which you can borrow for a Mad Hatter’s tea party!

Bond no9 for sophisticated cocktails and wine. Set in an old whisky bond, this is a place to impress a date. Also great for brunch.

Teuchter’s Landing is set in a former waiting room for the Leith to Aberdeen ferry. It boasts a large selection of whiskies and for little more than £1 punters are welcome to try a single oyster. I had my first ever here, with wasabi!

Please leave your recommendations in the comments section below.

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Challenge of the day: Can you guess what this great big blue device was once used for? (Answer at the bottom of the page)

miss red shore

Answer: This is/was a whale harpoon. Whales were hunted for their blubber which was used to produce oil.


2 thoughts on “The Shore, Edinburgh

  1. Beautiful photos. I intend to visit one day (don’t know how it’s taken me so long! Shame!)
    The photo with the whale harpoon reminds me very much of a part of the London Docklands. Don’t think we can boast any whale harpoons though to my knowledge! 😉

    • Thank you! As you can tell, it was a very dull Scottish day… But perhaps sunny photos would have been a cliche 🙂
      When you do visit Edinburgh, make sure to head over to The Shore. I can’t recommend it enough. The whale harpoon is even bigger and scarier than you’d expect haha

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