Cycle Routes Edinburgh
dinburgh may be built on seven hills, but with so many cycle routes following disused railway lines – as well as the Union canal, and paths around the foot of the Pentlands – cycling in the city can be a hill-free, traffic-free, enjoyable experience for everyone.
Within Edinburgh City Centre
Edinburgh’s Innertube Map, produced by The Bike Station, is a complete overview of Edinburgh’s many off-road paths. The city’s traffic-free routes include paths alongside canals and rivers, through woodlands and next to beaches. The aim of the Innertube Map is to promote these brilliant networks to cyclists within the city. To download a free copy of the resource, click here.
For a full guide to cycling in Edinburgh (both on and off-road), try the Edinburgh Spokes map (£5.95).
If you’re nervous about traffic, another way to try cycling in town is with the Critical Mass Cycle, where cyclists ride in a large group around the streets of Edinburgh. They meet on the last Friday of every month at the base of the Mound, outside the galleries at 5.30pm. The ride starts at 6pm. It’s free, and anyone can join in, regardless of age or cycling ability.
Around Edinburgh & the Lothians
There are a wide range of interesting, and often beautiful, cycle routes for all abilities around Edinburgh and the Lothians.
The Esk Valley Cycle Route – An attractive five mile route between Musselburgh and Dalkeith. The riverside and railway path is predominantly free of traffic.
Union Canal to the Water of Leith – This picturesque route will take no longer than a couple of hours, and is the perfect ride for nature-lovers keen to spot some local wildlife.
Edinburgh-Balerno-Dalkeith Circular – This 36 mile route begins in the Meadows in Edinburgh. This is a varied ride, with some steep climbs, and should take you about five to six hours to complete.
Edinburgh to Cramond Brig – This easy route begins at Haymarket station and passes through Davidson’s Mains and Barnton before arriving at Cramond Brig. Watch out for Shetland ponies along the way!
Cycling in the Pentlands
The Pentland Hills Regional Park is a great place to enjoy your bike, with many routes suitable for cyclists.
Whether you’re out with your family, or looking for a more gruelling challenge, there are routes for all levels of fitness and ability. Most of the 100km of paths in the Pentlands are suitable for cycling. Click here to access cycling information on the Pentland Hills Regional Park website.