Like most cities, Edinburgh, Scotland started as a small town with lots of other towns and villages all around. Edinburgh has swallowed them all into its ever expanding boundaries. Dean Village is one of these.
Few tourists know that 15 minutes away from Princes Street lies the secluded Dean Village on the Water of Leith. Once a successful milling community, the area was once associated with poverty and decay but the buildings have been turned into designer flats and the village is now a popular residential area.
The name Dean means ‘deep valley’ as the village lies 30 meters below the rest of Edinburgh. This makes is quite unique and particularly tranquil considering it is virtually at the heart of Scotland’s Capital.
There is a variety of architecture in Dean Village from the robust warehouses and mill buildings, the red sandstone cottage-style buildings to the more modern tenements of English influence.
This view of the village is taken from the top of the 100-ft-high Dean Bridge.
The Water of Leith Walkway runs from Balerno to Leith via Dean Village and is one of Edinburgh’s most popular walks. You can begin by exploring Dean Village then walk the short distance to the Gallery of Modern Art along the Water of Leith to visit Dean Cemetery and see the water sculpture.
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