Dean Village Edinburgh

Dean Village…Why it Needs to be on your Edinburgh Itinerary

Julie Scotland 9 Comments

The list of must-see sights in Edinburgh is long. Every visitor knows to visit the Edinburgh Castle, walk the Royal Mile, eat haggis, climb Arthur’s Seat, and go whisky tasting. But there are sights off the main tourist trail that are so worth your time. One of these underrated but incredibly scenic spots is Dean Village.

Even after reading about Dean Village and looking at photos of it online, I still wondered if it was worth our time. A quaint village…simply a small, quiet, residential area in Edinburgh…should we really go out of our way to visit this place?

To add to our conundrum, it was raining in Edinburgh…proper Scottish weather, I suppose, but still not the best of weather conditions to go on a wee stroll through town.

Well, Tim convinced me to go, and I am so glad we did. Once you see these photos, you just may put Dean Village on your list of things to do, also.

Photo Tour of Dean Village

A taxi dropped us off at the intersection of Dean Path and Damside. Fortunately, the rain stopped, but the cobblestoned roads were still very slippery. Our first view of Dean Village was from the bridge crossing the Water of Leith, a small waterway that snakes its way through Edinburgh.

Dean Village Edinburgh Walk

Dean Village Building

The best views are just a short walk from here. Walk down Hawthornbank Lane, a narrow, cobblestone road that heads downhill along the Water of Leith. Enjoy the views of the small houses that line the street and the views over the river.

Dean Village House

Dean Village Path

Edinburgh Dean Village

Dean Village View

Tyler and Kara were having such a good time they didn’t even mind posing for this photo. I love this one! Hardly ever do they pose for the camera like this!

Earth Trekker Kids

Dean Village Cobblestones

Must Visit Dean Village

The best views are at the bottom of Hawthornbank Lane. If you don’t mind climbing down to the edge of the river, you can have this view.

Dean Village View from River

 

For those who do not want to go off-road, cross to the center of the metal bridge for this view.

Dean Village View from Bridge

 

And from the other side of the bridge, the views keep changing.

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Once on the other side of the river, walk up Damside, back towards your starting point. If you want, you can check out the courtyard to your right.

Dean Village Courtyard

Hydrangea

Things to Know About Dean Village

Dean Village is located near the Stockbridge neighborhood of Edinburgh. To get here, we took a 10 minute taxi ride from the National Museum of Scotland. A visit here lasts about an hour, giving you plenty of time to leisurely stroll through the village.

You can also get here on by using the Edinburgh Bus Tours hop-on hop-off bus. They offer three routes through the city and the “Edinburgh Tour” has a stop at Charlotte Square (stop #12) that is near Dean Village. From Charlotte Square, it is a half-mile walk and takes about 10 minutes to get to Dean Village. Thanks for the tip, Barbara!

Keep in mind that this is a residential area when visiting. Respect the peace and quiet of those who live here.

There are no restaurants or bathroom facilities in Dean Village. Also, once here, do not expect taxis to show up without being arranged ahead of time. From Dean Village, you will have to walk uphill on Bells Brae to a much more populated area of town. It is here that you can hail a taxi or grab a bite to eat.

For those interested, you can walk along the Water of Leith through Edinburgh. The entire trail spans approximately 18 miles, quite the distance! For more information on this walk, visit The Walkway website.


So, what do you think? Does a visit to Dean Village look like it is worth it?

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Comments 9

  1. We will be visiting Dean Village tomorrow. If you take ride on an Edinburgh Tour Bus (with a live commentary), one of the stops on their circular route around the City, is at Charlotte Square – stop number 12. It is then just a short walk to Dean Village.
    You can ‘hop off’ and ‘hop on’ the buses at their stops.

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  2. We also loved Dean Village. Visited in July, 2016. We enquired at the tourist Information Centre near the gardens on how to get to Dean Village and no one in the centre had even heard of it. A person visiting the Centre overheard us and explained to the Tourist person and us where it was. The Tourist person then proceeded to tell us which bus we needed to catch to get there and which stop would be best to take. Even the bus driver didn’t seem to know about Dean Village. We were dropped off near the bridge over the River Leith and wandered down the cobbled path as per the Julie’s description. We were so pleased we persevered , Dean Village is a beautiful spot, I think I have the same photos as Julie. We decided to walk back into Edinburgh along the River Leith. This was a lovely walk, definitely not taxing and so scenic. Coming up onto Raeburn Place in Stockton we walked through the picturesque cobbled Circus Lane, then passed many architecturally beautiful buildings on Dundas St, we entered one – a department store, stunning old panelling & decor inside and the welcome and service were second to none. A must visit area if you have the time. We found public transport very easy to use.

  3. Hi,
    These pictures look lovely! Just wanted to know which part of the year you went to the village–we’re going to be in the area mid Dec-Jan, do you think this would be a good time to visit?

    Thanks

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      We were there at the end of July. I think it would be nice all year round, but it will be cold and you won’t get the same “green” experience that we had. I wonder if the houses have Christmas lights? That would be pretty. Cheers, Julie

  4. We will be going to Edinburgh this next July and doing a 10 day self drive trip. I’ve read enough posts about Scotland, that we are expecting er, Scottish weather. I noticed your kids have on hiking shoes and some kind of quick dry pants? Could you share what you buy in regards to gear for your kids?

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      Tyler and Kara wear Merrell hiking shoes (they are in adult size now). They also wear REI brand hiking pants when we travel. These are GREAT…durable, they look nice, and the zip-off feature is awesome. I highly recommend checking out REI, either in the store or online. We buy a lot of our travel gear and clothing here. Cheers, Julie

  5. Your comment that “Dean Village is located in the Stockbridge neighbourhood of Edinburgh” confuses me, as they are two very separate ‘neighbouring’ villages (about a 10 walk apart), north of the city centre and of very different character.

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