Inverleith Pond was constructed as a model boating pond in the 1890's. It has a puddle clay base and a surrounding tarmac walkway with several concrete jetties where Club members tend to congregate. Some public benches are adjacent but it might be worthwhile to bring your own chair if you are going to be spending an afternoon sailing! The pond covers an area of 7,500 square metres - roughly 150 metres long by 50 metres wide. The sloping bank in the foreground was once a bird sanctuary and it is believed that the birds that sought refuge here may have brought over the seeds that today cause a seasonal Canadian Pondweed problem. The pond is approximately 2 feet deep at its edges increasing to about 3 feet in the middle - 'wader depth'! We share our pond with a number of resident swans, ducks and geese who are quite unperturbed by our activities and whose squatting rights we endeavour to respect! Maintenance of the pond and Inverleith Park is carried out by The City of Edinburgh Council on a regular basis.
Model Boating has always featured strongly and records exist of clubs operating here from the early 1900's. Powered model boats are reported to have been operating as far back as the 1920's.
- Shops; Raeburn Place (200 metres)
- Cafes, Pubs; Raeburn Place (200 metres)
- Toilets; Botanic Gardens &Stockbridge (10 mins)
- Car Parking; Portgower Place &East Fettes Avenue
Disabled Access The pond is accessible on all sides - but there are no specifically designated parking spaces adjacent.