Leith Links is a sprawling golf-course-cum-park located just past the foot of Leith Walk. Used mostly by locals to the area but lined with small bed and breakfasts and other residential amenities, Leith Links is a beautiful area by day with a somewhat risque reputation after dark.
The area is popular with joggers, thanks to its level grade and nearness to a number of residential streets, with several buses that operate along its boundaries. Until recently, Queen Margaret University College operated a campus here which was dedicated primarily to technical medical professions, but the building was sold several years ago and is now undergoing development. Dog walkers also find Leith Links to be a good area for their daily exploits.
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Leith Links: An Undiscovered Paradise
Near to the sea and fairly undiscovered by tourists, Leith Links offers a genuine Edinburgh experience for those seeking relaxation and enjoyment in exchange for low prices and authentic interactions with Edinburgh’s local population. Unlike the more posh areas nearer to the city center, Leith Links finds among its patrons those who are simply looking for a good time.
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Within a fifteen minute walk of Leith’s Shore district, Leith Links offers both a brilliant morning park experience and fun exposure to greenery without traveling too far. The greenspace is well manicured and within a close distance of some of Edinburgh’s better low-price shopping, such as the shops at the Foot of Leith Walk, but in the end this park sums up what it is to be a Leither – unpretentious, rough and ready for whatever life throws its way.
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Leith Links is one of the few unsanitized places left in Edinburgh, despite the recent warning signs of gentrification set to take off in Leith over the next decade or so, and the Links should be regarded as a time capsule and treasure until such a point as it’s taken over by prams and yuppies.