The old Observatory is a quaint structure on Calton Hill, overlooking the district at the head of Leith Walk.
The western or Victoria harbour is a refuge for vessels between Leith Roads and the Tyne.
In summer, steamers ply between Leith and Aberdour and other pleasure resorts; and there is also a service to Alloa and Stirling.
To the north of the Water of Leith lie Inverleith Park, the Arboretum and the Royal Botanical Garden.
Musselburgh joins with Leith and Portobello (the Leith Burghs) in returning one member to parliament.
In October 1559 they made an unsuccessful attack on Leith and the seizure of an English convoy on the way to their army by James Hepburn, earl of Bothwell, increased their difficulties.
Of Leith by steamer, it is much resorted to for its excellent sea-bathing.
The first stage-coach in Scotland was that which ran between Edinburgh and Leith in 1610.
A similar railway, of which the chief source of profit was the passenger traffic, was opened between Edinburgh and Dalkeith in 1831, branches being afterwards extended to Leith and Musselburgh.
The first five years of his life were passed at Leith Fort, where his father, a captain in the Royal Artillery, was then resident.