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LEITH DOCKS

Leith Docks, also known as The Port of Edinburgh, sits at the mouth of the Water of Leith on the Firth of Forth. Historically the area was a hub of ship-building and repair, whaling and import and export trades. Some of the 19th century ship yard buildings remain, as does the Leith Nautical College building which was initially established in 1903.

Most of the docks no longer operate and haven’t done so since the end of the Second World War. At this time, Leith fell into a sharp economic decline and became a rough, undesirable area, known for crime and prostitution, however several regeneration projects have seen a massive upswing in the fortunes of Leith and now it is seen as one of the most desirable locations in and around Edinburgh.

The Port itself is an important marquee destination for the northern European cruise industry, handling 40 vessels and 20,000 passengers per year.

 
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