This week saw the launch of a free audio guide that covers the entire length of the Water of Leith – from Balerno all the way to the Victoria Swing Bridge.
Along the way there are 20 points, each marked with a sign, where you can stop to listen to the guide and find out more about the heritage and biodiversity along the river.
You can download all the MP3 tracks before you go on the walk, so that you can save them to your audio player of choice, or if you have a smart phone with a QR code scanner, you can scan each of the waymarker signs as you find them.
Launching the Water of Leith audio trail, Trust Manager, Helen Brown said: ‘We are excited and proud of this unique project on the Water of Leith, we had to do lots of research into the technical wizardry to enable the technology to work.
“QR codes appear on each sign and mean anyone with a smart phone can listen to our commentary right away for free – it’s amazing. Combining gadgets, nature, walking and local history is really interesting. We also had lots of fun at the recording studio –Banana Row – laying down the tracks’
This new Water of Leith audio guide seems to compliment the two other existing audio tours of Leith that Lothian Buses launched last year, which are also free.
And of course we shouldn’t forget to mention the “Leith Rocks” geology audio guide to Leith that Emily Dodd and Angus Miller made for Greener Leith two years ago.
In theory an enterprising tourist could put together a nice wee mash-up of all these tours to produce the ultimate audio tour guide to Leith. Someone should probably try to put that together…
In the meantime, you can find all the details of the Water of Leith audio tour here: http://www.waterofleith.org.uk/audio-trail/
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