Dean Village

© Ruth Bartram

Dean village

Dean Village to Stockbridge - Two very different villages connected by a river walk

Be impressed by Dean Village, hidden deep in the valley of the Water of Leith with its obvious signs of mill heritage. Walk along the river and enjoy nature. Relax afterwards in vibrant Stockbridge with food and drink or shopping.

Book this walk tour in Edinburgh starting only a few minutes’ walk from the Westend - here, deep inside the valley of the water of Leith, it is easy to forget that you are almost in the centre of Edinburgh. Experience Nature, industrial heritage and some surprises as we walk along the water of Leith from Dean Village to Stockbridge. 

Dean Village appeals with its quiet streets and lovely architecture. Carry on to Stockbridge with a lovely short walk along the river. Use the opportunity to gaze up to the Dean Bridge towering over 100 feet (30 meters) above you.

Stockbridge has quiet corners too but appeals with its bustling Main Street, lined with numerous cafes and restaurants and small food shops as well as an array of more unusual shops for the home and independent bookshops - a rarity nowadays…

This walk is for all those who are looking for a bit of a respite from the busy city centre without having to go far - and still have the opportunity at the end of it to enjoy all you’d expect in a vibrant part of the city - or carry on along the Water of Leith for more strolling along the river.

  • This is a walk of contrasts that uncovers their historical differences 
  • Dean Village is well preserved and peacefully quiet with no through traffic - but equally no shops.
  • A peaceful walk along the river that so much determined the story of Edinburgh
  • Look up to the Dean Bridge towering over our heads
  • St Bernard’s Well - the water was said to be healing
  • Enjoy the bohemian Stockbridge or carry on a peaceful walk afterwards

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Departure days

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  • Sunday

January — December

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  • Walking


  • Bespoke
  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English
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RuthToursScotland - Guiding with a Smile

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RuthToursScotland - Guiding with a Smile

Tour Guide for Scotland. Edinburgh has been my home for over 25 years - and I love this beautiful city, the country and the friendly people - all things Scottish. Whilst happy to take you all around Scotland as a qualified guide - I invite you to join me to discover Edinburgh with all its facets and peculiarities by foot. Join me and be inspired. Go off the beaten track and discover a place within Edinburgh by the seaside. Try a walk from Dean Village to Stockbridge - so close to the centre and yet so different. Learn more on my website

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