Dean Village

This leafy ‘village’ is tucked in a valley just 30 minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Waverley. But once you’re here, you can easily forget the city exists at all.

It wasn’t always this way; the riverbanks once boomed with the sound of water mills. Many of those buildings survive – keep your eyes peeled for plaques. From here, follow the Water of Leith east to the cafes and bars of Stockbridge. Head west, and you’ll come to the National Gallery of Modern Art.

Dean Path, Edinburgh EH8 8BH