A FORMER dockland area close to the centre of Edinburgh has been named one of the best "little-known hip towns" in the UK.

Introducing the list, which featured locations like Worthing near Brighton and St Leonards-on-Sea on the outskirts of Hastings, The Telegraph stated that a number of well-known places are becoming overcrowded from tourism.

It said: "Overtourism, Instagram and a pandemic-induced domestic tourism surge that has morphed into a major trend mean the UK’s most popular destinations are crowded and clamorous in the sunnier seasons – and, in some cases, year-round.

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"But, since we fell in love with such European second-tier destinations as Bergamo, Bilbao, Bergen and Nîmes – opened up by no-frills flights – how about swapping swamped UK towns for their hip sisters?

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Leith was the only spot in Scotland named on the listLeith was the only spot in Scotland named on the list (Image: Getty)

"Some are suburbs, others similar-sized rivals, a few are secret little jewels up the road. What can you expect? Warmer, more personalised service.

"Smaller local restaurants and quieter pubs. Less competition for hotel rooms. You’ll also experience a sense of discovery and of not following the traffic – two holy grails of good travels."

Leith named one of the best 'little-known hip towns' in the UK

The former dockland area of Leith in Edinburgh was named one of the best "little-known hip towns" in the UK and was the only Scottish location featured on the list.

Discussing the area, which is now within the city's boundaries, The Telegraph said: "Back in the days of Begbie and Renton, Leith had a certain notoriety.

"Edinburgh had a drug problem and its scruffier satellites were hotspots. But the former dockland quarter, now contained within Edinburgh’s city limits, has been connected by tram to the centre and is a viable sea-side option for those who want to see the famous sights but not spend every hour of the day in the company of selfie-snappers and Instagrammers. 

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Leith has great links to the city centre of EdinburghLeith has great links to the city centre of Edinburgh (Image: Getty)

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"New cafés and bars have appeared along the route and Leith itself has seen lots of cool new openings of craft pubs, gin distilleries, Michelin-starred eateries and art spaces.

"By the evening, you’ll almost certainly want to opt for dinner and drinks by the sea rather than joining the queues, Fringe or no Fringe."

Recommending a place to stay, the publication added: "Fingal has cabins from £300 per night, including breakfast."