Newhaven was (and still is) Edinburgh’s fishing village, unique in so many ways. This virtual heritage trail has been devised to explain to the visitor what was so special about our village.
A fishing hamlet existed here well before King James IV (1473-1513, reigned from 1488) decided the deep bay would be an ideal location for his new Royal Dockyard in which to build the greatest capital ship in the known world, The Great Michael. It became known as New Haven, the “old” haven being further up the Forth at Blackness serving his Palace of Linlithgow.
In many ways, Newhaven was like many fishing communities that lined the East Coast of Scotland but in equal measure, there is a uniqueness to its history that makes its story worth telling. This virtual Heritage Trail will help that tale unfold.
Our journey together begins and ends at the core reason for the village, Newhaven Harbour. We start the Stravaig at the old Police Box by looking at the Fishmarket.