The waterfront, Leith
The harbour, Leith
Buildings facing the harbour, Leith
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The port of Leith has now become engulfed by Edinburgh, but it still feels like a very different place. The area around the old port is stunningly beautiful, with bobbing ships in the water, cobbled lanes, and bars and bistros whose tables spill out from ancient buildings onto the pavement in a continental manner. Throughout the centuries it has played host to millions of sailors who have hit dry land on shaky legs and staggered into whichever pub was handy.
The pubs by the water have their own unique charm. In one you can sit in a teensy weensy room - more a cupboard with a window - where apparently ladies of the night used to sit to attract passing custom from men who had come ashore. I sat in that little room one day, trying to imagine what it must have been like long long ago. The room had an effect on me, and I penned a few words, which I now share with you...
                                                                           
The Snug
I've found a curious little space in which I can sit and hide,
It's in an ancient tavern where sailors used to bide,
Some say it is a tiny room where women used to tout,
But I've been here a good long while, And so far there's been nowt.

KING'S WARK PUB ON THE SHORE
THE HARBOUR
THE HISTORIC WATERFRONT
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How to
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You can get a bus to Leith from Edinburgh's Princes Street. Or, you may choose to walk 2 miles through the streets.
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