Dean Village & Cemetery

Dean Village is a gem worth exploring from Edinburgh. Dean Village was once separate from Edinburgh and known as Water of Leith village. It was a successful grain milling area for more than eight hundred years, with eleven working mills at one time, powered by the Water of Leith. After milling ceased the area turned to decay. It was revamped in the 1970's, and is now one of the more desirable and expensive places to live around Edinburgh.

You can only get here by foot, as there is no place to park within the village. It's about a 15 minute walk from the west end of Princes Street. There are some steep streets but it's totally worth visiting if you can manage. Also there are no toilets or cafes. It's also accessible along the Water of Leith walkway, a 13 mile route, if you're an avid walker.

Dean Village is fairytale-esque with its cobbled streets, colorful historic buildings, narrow alleyways, and the enchanting cemetery. 

Dean Cemetery stands on the former site of Dean House mansion, the center of the Dean Estate. It was one of the finest houses around Edinburgh. After it was demolished, it became the most fashionable and secure cemeteries in Edinburgh. 

Dean Cemetery is one of my favorite cemeteries. I love the grandiose headstones and monuments. I love the headstones under the old trees. I love the way the earth smells here. I love the sound of the Water of Leith just outside the wall. It's a taphophile's dream.

Dean Cemetery is still a working cemetery with plots available. I don't have kids or nieces or nephews, perhaps one of my dear readers would do me the honor of making arrangements for me here. I'd be eternally grateful.  ;-)

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