Edinburgh’s Best-Kept Secret – Dean Village!

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Edinburgh’s Best-Kept Secret – Dean Village!

In July 2018, we were heading up to Falkland in Scotland to find Clare and Jamie Fraser but on the way we stopped in Edinburgh for a speedy visit to Dean Village and the Royal Mile!

Check out our vlog from the day below!

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Early on Saturday morning, Jori and I hoisted up our new Osprey backpacks and set of for the train station in a rush. For some reason we are always running late to the train station!! The train takes around three and a half hours from where we live in Retford to Edinburgh. It’s a lovely journey along the coast and we love looking out the window as the world flies by.

Photo of Jori and Malika on the train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

So excited to be on the train to Scotland!

We had to change trains in Edinburgh. This gave us about two hours to spare, so we decided to quickly go out and explore. We’ve been to Edinburgh a few times but had never been to Dean Village, so that’s where we went.

With our packs on our backs we didn’t want to walk too far so we jumped on a bus just outside Edinburgh Waverly station. It dropped us very close to Dean Village; we just had a short walk down the hill along Bell’s Brae to the heart of Edinburgh’s best-kept secret.

DEAN VILLAGE IS SO CUTE!

Dean Village was once a water-milling village with the Water of Leith running right through the centre. In later years, it also housed tanneries and blacksmiths. The old buildings in this small village are stunning including the World Heritage Listed Well Court that once housed local water mill workers.

Photo of the Water of Leith running through Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland.

This is the beautiful view to the east along the Water of Leith as you descend into Dean Village.

We made our way down Bell’s Brae from Dean Bridge, had a look around Well Court, and continued on down to the old bridge that still crosses over the Water of Leith. From here you can have one of the best views of the gorgeous river and all the old buildings in the village. Dean Village is well worth a visit and only takes a few moments out of your day to have a quick look around.

Photo of Dean Village and Well Court in Edinburgh

View of Dean Village and Well Court on the left.

If you have more time, the Water of Leith Walkway sounds like an amazing walk or cycle journey to do. The walkway connects Balerno to Leith and runs right through Dean Village. The whole journey is 19.6 kilmoetres (12.25 miles), and follows the Water of Leith down to the docks at Leith. This is where you can also see the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former Royal Yacht of Queen Elizabeth II. On our next trip up to Bonnie Scotland, we’d love to do this walk.

Photo of the sign directing to the Water of Leith Walkway in Dean Village, Scotland.

Follow the signs to the Water of Leith Walkway!

Photo of Well Court in Dean Village, Ediburgh

The beautiful view looking down over Well Court from Hawthornbank Lane.

Dean Village Snapshots

Photo of Jori taking a photo of the Water of Leith, Dean Village.

Jori taking a photo along the Water of Leith in Dean Village.

Photo of Malika at the top of Dean Village with a view of Well Court, Edinburgh.

Looking back towards Well Court and the river from Hawthornbank Lane.

Photo of Jori in Dean Village, Edinburgh

Jori looking up directions!

The Royal Mile

Next up, we made our way towards the Royal Mile. We’ve explored the Royal Mile a lot in our previous visits to Edinburgh, however this time we approached it from the north-western side of Edinburgh Castle, and made our way up the path to the top of the Royal Mile.

It was the middle of summer and a very busy day in Edinburgh so the streets were quite crowded. On previous trips we’d visited in the off-season when there is more space to move around the streets. Even so, we love Edinburgh so much so this didn’t bother us, especially for such a quick visit.

Photo of a busy street in Edinburgh, Scotland

Such a beautiful day on the busy streets of Edinburgh.

We didn’t have much time left before our next train to Falkland, so we quickly wandered down the Royal Mile, taking in a few of our favourite buildings, landmarks, and enjoying the street performers. We especially made time to stop by the Heart of Midlothian, a mosaic heart in the paving outside St Giles Kirk to spit on it. Yes, you read that right. Spitting on the heart is said to bring you good luck, so of course this is always an important part of any Edinburgh trip!!

Photo of St Giles Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland

The facade of St Giles Kirk.

Photo of the Heart of Midlothian in Edinburgh, Scotland

Sorry for the poor quality photo, but look!! There’s spit on the heart!

Photo of a man playing bagpipes on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

One of the many great musicians playing the Bagpipes on the Royal Mile.

The last thing we wanted to tick off was grabbing a coffee for the road at our favourite café in Edinburgh, Southern Cross Café. Whilst I waited outside with our gear, Jori popped in to order the coffees.

Moments later we were heading down the steep stairway of Fleshmarket Close, back to Edinburgh Waverly Station, and onto our train to Falkland, land of Outlander and of course, Jamie and Clare Fraser.

Photo of Southern Cross Cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Our favourite cafe in Edinburgh.

Keep an eye out for our Outlander Getaway blog post coming soon! We’ll let you know when it’s live on instagram: @beyondyourdoorstep

In July 2018, we were heading up to Falkland in Scotland to find Clare and Jamie Fraser but on the way we stopped in Edinburgh for a speedy visit to Dean Village and the Royal Mile!

Check out our vlog from the day below!

We’d love you to subscribe to our YouTube channel too! Click the red button to subscribe. 👇👇👇

Early on Saturday morning, Jori and I hoisted up our new Osprey backpacks and set of for the train station in a rush. For some reason we are always running late to the train station!! The train takes around three and a half hours from where we live in Retford to Edinburgh. It’s a lovely journey along the coast and we love looking out the window as the world flies by.

Photo of Jori and Malika on the train to Edinburgh, Scotland.

So excited to be on the train to Scotland!

We had to change trains in Edinburgh. This gave us about two hours to spare, so we decided to quickly go out and explore. We’ve been to Edinburgh a few times but had never been to Dean Village, so that’s where we went.

With our packs on our backs we didn’t want to walk too far so we jumped on a bus just outside Edinburgh Waverly station. It dropped us very close to Dean Village; we just had a short walk down the hill along Bell’s Brae to the heart of Edinburgh’s best-kept secret.

DEAN VILLAGE IS SO CUTE!

Dean Village was once a water-milling village with the Water of Leith running right through the centre. In later years, it also housed tanneries and blacksmiths. The old buildings in this small village are stunning including the World Heritage Listed Well Court that once housed local water mill workers.

Photo of the Water of Leith running through Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland.

This is the beautiful view to the east along the Water of Leith as you descend into Dean Village.

We made our way down Bell’s Brae from Dean Bridge, had a look around Well Court, and continued on down to the old bridge that still crosses over the Water of Leith. From here you can have one of the best views of the gorgeous river and all the old buildings in the village. Dean Village is well worth a visit and only takes a few moments out of your day to have a quick look around.

Photo of Dean Village and Well Court in Edinburgh

View of Dean Village and Well Court on the left.

If you have more time, the Water of Leith Walkway sounds like an amazing walk or cycle journey to do. The walkway connects Balerno to Leith and runs right through Dean Village. The whole journey is 19.6 kilmoetres (12.25 miles), and follows the Water of Leith down to the docks at Leith. This is where you can also see the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former Royal Yacht of Queen Elizabeth II. On our next trip up to Bonnie Scotland, we’d love to do this walk.

Photo of Well Court in Dean Village, Ediburgh

The beautiful view looking down over Well Court from Hawthornbank Lane.
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Photo of the sign directing to the Water of Leith Walkway in Dean Village, Scotland.

Follow the signs to the Water of Leith Walkway!

Dean Village Snapshots

Photo of Jori taking a photo of the Water of Leith, Dean Village.

Jori taking a photo along the Water of Leith in Dean Village.
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Photo of Malika at the top of Dean Village with a view of Well Court, Edinburgh.

Looking back towards Well Court and the river from Hawthornbank Lane.

Photo of Jori in Dean Village, Edinburgh

Jori looking up directions!

The Royal Mile

Next up, we made our way towards the Royal Mile. We’ve explored the Royal Mile a lot in our previous visits to Edinburgh, however this time we approached it from the north-western side of Edinburgh Castle, and made our way up the path to the top of the Royal Mile.

It was the middle of summer and a very busy day in Edinburgh so the streets were quite crowded. On previous trips we’d visited in the off-season when there is more space to move around the streets. Even so, we love Edinburgh so much so this didn’t bother us, especially for such a quick visit.

Photo of a busy street in Edinburgh, Scotland

Such a beautiful day on the busy streets of Edinburgh.

We didn’t have much time left before our next train to Falkland, so we quickly wandered down the Royal Mile, taking in a few of our favourite buildings, landmarks, and enjoying the street performers. We especially made time to stop by the tiled heart in the paving outside St Giles Kirk to spit on it. Yes, you read that right. Spitting on the heart is said to bring you good luck, so of course this is always an important part of any Edinburgh trip!!

Photo of the Heart of Midlothian in Edinburgh, Scotland

Sorry for the poor quality photo, but look!! There’s spit on the heart!
(Tap the image for more photos)

Photo of St Giles Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland

The facade of St Giles Kirk.

Photo of a man playing bagpipes on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

One of the many great musicians playing the Bagpipes on the Royal Mile.

The last thing we wanted to tick off was grabbing a coffee for the road at our favourite café in Edinburgh, Southern Cross Café. Whilst I waited outside with our gear, Jori popped in to order the coffees.

Moments later we were heading down the steep stairway of Fleshmarket Close, back to Edinburgh Waverly Station, and onto our train to Falkland, land of Outlander and of course, Jamie and Clare Fraser.

Photo of Southern Cross Cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Our favourite cafe in Edinburgh.

Keep an eye out for our Outlander Getaway blog post coming soon! We’ll let you know when it’s live on instagram: @beyondyourdoorstep

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