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Leith, Edinburgh

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Leith Links is the principal open space within Leith, the docks district of Edinburgh, Scotland. This public park extends to. In its current form it is divided into two main areas, a western section and an eastern section, by Links Gardens both being largely flat expanses of grass bordered by mature trees. Historically it covered a wider area extending north as far as the shoreline of the Firth of Forth. This area of grass and sand-dunes was formerly used as a golf links.Current usesThe west section of the park contains children's play areas, football pitches and, in the north-west corner, three public bowling greens and new tennis and petanque courts. In the east section an informal cricket pitch has existed since 1826. It is used by Leith Franklin Academicals Beige cricket club which, taking its name from Benjamin Franklin, was established in 1852 as the Leith Franklin cricket club. The club has a clubhouse outside, but adjacent to, the park next to the Seafield Bowling Club's enclosed lawn bowls bowling green (from 1860) and clubhouse also outwith the park. In the first week of June, Leith Festival Gala Day is held here. The Edinburgh Mela (since 2010) is held on the Links in late AugustPrevious usesHistorically the park contained a Victorian bandstand, a pond for model yachts, and was used for annual events such as pageants. Leith Races were held on Leith Sands at the edge of the original links.
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  • Leith is the port area to the North of Edinburgh, reachable from the city centre with bus 22. Basically there is not much to see, if not the Royal Yacht Britannia, for which you need to buy a ticket not exactly cheap. Besides that only freighters and a long walk to the sea. The scenery is nice, although the city has improved. I mean suitable for an extra day, if you have to do is avoid it.
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  • Ideal drive and lots to see and free parking at the ocean terminal carpark, the view out to see is the best ive seen so far. 
  • We used Leith as our base (The Sandaig Guest House) for a weekend in Edinburgh and thoroughly enjoyed the location. It wasn't until we were in the taxi on our way back to the airport that our driver i...  more »