The Shore at Leith, beside the Water of Leith, was the original Port of
A pier was later built to the north in the late 1700s.
"Tall masted sailing ships berthed at the
Shore, while scores of crewmen loaded fish, coal, grain and hides for
export to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Ships returned with
wine, fruit, spices and cloth.
As ships grew too large for this shallow river
mouth the harbour was moved north but the buildings on the Shore still
show evidence of the old port."
Theis description of the Shore, above, is taken from a notice
board at the Shore erected by the City of Edinburgh District Council,
Forth Ports Authority and the Water of Leith Conservation Trust.