Find out more

There are lots of other organisations you can visit to learn about the cultural and natural heritage of the Edinburgh shoreline. You may be interested in sea levels, biodiversity, beach cleans or heritage: follow the links on this page to find out more.

Marine Conservation Society

Information on the beaches in Edinburgh, including the Good Beach Guide.

National Biodiversity Network

Information on the species found in your area of the Edinburgh shoreline from National Biodiversity Network.

Scotland's Dynamic Coast

Information on sea level change predictions along the Edinburgh coast.

Geological Conservation Review

Information on important fossils at Wardie Bay.

Adaptation Scotland

Information on how climate change might affect coastal areas.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Information on water quality at Edinburgh's beaches.


Database of historic buildings and sites.


Images and films of Scotland's past from museums, galleries and archives.

Capital Collections

Images of Edinburgh from the cities museums and library services. Searchable by area.

Our Town Stories

Edinburgh’s history through stories, images and historical maps from Edinburgh Libraries.

Buildings at Risk Register

Information on derelict buildings of historic importance.

Queensferry History Group

Information on the local heritage of South Queensferry.

Cramond Heritage Trust

Information on the local heritage of Cramond.

Historic Cramond

Information guide on the sites of Cramond.

Granton History Hub

Local group collecting archival material relating to Granton.

Granton History

Information on the local heritage of Granton.

Newhaven Heritage

Information on the local heritage of Newhaven.

Leith Local History Society

Information on the local heritage of Leith.

Portobello Heritage Trust

Information on the local heritage of Portobello.

Portobello Online

Community website including old photographs of Portobello.

Forth Ports

Archives relating to Forth Ports, who operate Leith Docks amongst others.

Queensferry Museum

Local museum telling the story of South Queensferry.

The Maltings

Local museum run by Cramond Heritage Trust.

Trinity House Leith

Local museum telling the story of Incorporation of Mariners and Shipmasters of Leith.

Planning Applications

Planning applications relating to the City of Edinburgh, including coastal areas.

Edinburgh Geological Society

Information on the geology of Ediburgh.

British Geological Survey

Information on the geology of Granton and Wardie.

Scottish Archaeological Research Framework

Research project on the archaeology of Scotland. Requires registration to search.

Moving Image Archive

Scotland's national collection of moving images.

Scotsman Digital Archive

Searchable back issues of The Scotsman from 1817-1952. Accessible through your library membership.

National Library of Scotland Online

Catalogue of most books published in the UK.

Scotland'sPeople Centre

Births, marriages and deaths, parish and census records, and valuation rolls.

Edinburgh and Scottish Room

The Edinburgh and Scottish Room at the Central Edinburgh Library.


Amateur website of photos, maps and memories of Edinburgh.

Scottish Archive Network

Database of historical records in Scotland.

British Newspaper Archive

Access to hundreds of British newspapers (excluding the Edinburgh Evening News)

Museums Galleries Edinburgh

A varied collection of 13 venues throughout the city run by the Council.

National Library of Scotland Map Room

Online database of historic maps.

Statistical Accounts of Scotland

1791 and 1845 accounts of localities by parish ministers.

Old Edinburgh Club

Edinburgh's local history society.

Old and New Edinburgh

Online version of 'Old and New Edinburgh' by James Grant.

National Galleries Scotland

Database of artworks held by the National Galleries of Scotland.

The Scottish Business Archive

Over four hundred records and collections of historic businesses throughout Scotland.

Lost Edinburgh

Facebook site sharing images and videos of Edinburgh from the past.

National Museum of Scotland

Database of collections held by the National Museum of Scotland.

Forth Estuary Forum

Information on the natural environment of the Firth of Forth.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Details of the Firth of Forth as a SPA.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Details of the Firth of Forth as a SSSI.

Birding the Lothians

Information on wading birds found along the Edinburgh coast.

Edinburgh Collected

Add your memories to the community archive of Edinburgh memories.


Links to walking and cycling routes, which cover the Edinburgh coastal area.


A Marine Conservation Society initiative to map coastal litter.

Will Collier Photography

Local photographer whose work often focuses on the Edinburgh coast.

Edinburgh Living Landscape

Scottish Wildlife Trust initiative to put nature at the heart of Edinburgh.