At Edinburgh Bike Tours we organise half day and full day guided bicycle tours in and around the beautiful city of Edinburgh in Scotland. Some of our tours focus on the historical city centre, others take you to the iconic Forth Bridges or Rosslyn Chapel, along the coast or into the hills.
This guided cycle ride (2.5 to 3 hours, 18 km) lets you sample the rich diversity which Edinburgh has to offer and which is best experienced on a bike: picturesque cycle paths, a few of the iconic sites in the heart of the city, verdant Holyrood Park and a coastal promenade.
We start by heading west from our office along a designated cycle path and then emerge in the New Town area, just ½ mile from the city centre. After a short, steep climb through residential streets in this UNESCO World Heritage Site we cross Princes Street (from where you can see Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens) and head down the lower section of The Royal Mile, experiencing some of the history of the Old Town, towards Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament. The scenery then changes as we enter Holyrood Park and pass Arthur’s Seat on the way to another quiet cycle path, which follows the route of a disused railway line back down towards the coastline. We finish with a spin along Portobello Promenade and then back to Leith.
There’s simply no better way to see the dramatic and contrasting cityscape of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland.
This route mainly uses cycle paths, but has some sections on roads.
NOT suitable for children under 16 years old.
This route is suitable for teenagers, 16 or over, who are confident handling a bike, fit and able to ride for three hours. We recommend our Family Friendly Tour for families with kids under the age of 16, or a Private Tour. Please ask for details.