Edinburgh Bike Tours
For our customers who have booked one of our tours in Galloway, we can also arrange a self-guided day tour to tourist attractions throughout the city – see below - and also a 2 day tour by a canal cycle path to Linlithgow Palace with overnight stay. We can arrange bike hire and also accommodation in Edinburgh if required.
Edinburgh has a network of cycle paths and road cycle routes on mainly quieter roads which give access to many interesting areas. In particular the Water of Leith Walkway and Cycleway is a flat off-road cycle path beside the Water of Leith river which cuts through the city. In addition, cycle paths extend through Holyrood Park, The Meadows and from the Union canal which extends over 50 miles to Glasgow.
Guided Electric Bike Tours
For those who might like a city tour by electric bike, we have collaborated with an Edinburgh cycle tour company, Real Cycle Tours, to offer day tours to explore around the city.
By booking of a guided tour with Real Cycle Tours, you have the advantage of up to date local knowledge of the city.
Royal Yacht Britannia and Leith Waterfront
This is a pleasant 5.5 miles circuit, mostly on signed cycle routes, and part on cycle paths including the water of Leith. The Experience Britannia aboard the docked Royal Yacht Britannia is billed by their website as the No. 1 tourist attraction in the UK, according to Tripadvisor. From the cycle hire shop, you can be there within half an hour. Access if via the Ocean Terminal shopping centre with numerous attractions. From here you can cycle a short distance along to the historic and popular port of Leith with its wide choice of restaurants, pubs, hotels and shops. You join the Water of Leith cycle path to return to the cycle shop at your leisure.
This location can be an extension tour to the Britannia and Leith Waterfront or direct to Leith Waterfront and on to Portobello Beach.
Portobello beach is a fine sandy beach popular with Edinburgh residents in Victorian times. There are several pubs and tea rooms and a perfect nearby leisure spot to give you a break from the busy city centre. It is 7 miles miles there and back from Leith Waterfront.
You also have the option to return to the city centre, mostly on a cycle route by Holyrood Park with Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament and the Royal Mile nearby. This is an extra 6 miles.
To escape from the city centre the nearby Holyrood Park is ideal. The quiet, but challenging roads allow you to reach Arthur’s Seat for spectacular views over Edinburgh and the seascape of the Firth of Forth. You can see the imposing Arthur’s Seat from the distance and by cycle it’s just over a mile to get to the Park and more peaceful cycling. A circuit of the Park by road is 3.5 miles, so you’re total mileage is around 5miles. You can visit the Sheep's Heid Inn for lunch. It is reputeded to be the oldest pub in Scotland and visited last year by the Queen.
An extension to this tour can be to a nearby park known as The Meadows, with another extension to Fountainbridge where the Union Canal with adjoining cycle path starts – another 3 miles in total there and back.
The historic town of Linlithgow with it’s magnificent Linlithgow Palace is 24 miles west from your cycle hire shop in Edinburgh. After 3.5 miles via Holyrood Park and The Meadows to Fountainbridge, you simply join the flat canal cycle path out of the city and follow it all the way to Linlithgow. We arrange B&B accommodation in Linlithgow where you have a choice of places for your evening meal. On specific Wednesday dates in July and August, Linlithgow Scotch Hop with country dancing is a popular evening event held at Linlithgow Palace.
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