Summer finally seems to be here, and what better way to explore Edinburgh than by bike? At Parliament House Hotel, we’re centrally located, and a short stroll from Edinburgh attractions, theatres and restaurants. So, there’s no need for a car. By exploring this beautiful city on bike, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too. With a wide range of cycle routes in Edinburgh to choose from, you’ll be able to discover every corner of our vibrant city.
Scenic Cycle Routes in Edinburgh
A city built on seven hills, Edinburgh is surrounded by natural landscapes. From the Firth of Forth to the Pentland Hills. Edinburgh cycle paths weave around historic attractions, the river, huge parks and the beautiful coastline. For a tranquil and easy trip along the Union Canal, head from Lochrin Basin at Fountainbridge and enjoy a flat eight-mile ride to Ratho. If you fancy a longer traffic-free ride, the Cramond Loop is very picturesque. Stop off at Cramond Falls for a photo and a slice of homemade cake at the café. Or, if you want to enjoy some dramatic landscapes and don’t mind a bit of an uphill pedal, the traffic-free Holyrood Park is perfect. Here, you can soak up the stunning views across Edinburgh. Or, stop off for a picnic surrounded by nature.
Cycling from Coast to Castles
For a longer ride, the Coast and Castles Route between Edinburgh and Newcastle is a beautiful way to see stunning vistas and historic sites. Why not book a guided tour with Edinburgh Bike Tours, and head from Leith along the shores of the Firth of Forth? During this cycle tour, you’ll pass Lauriston Castle and the Gothic mansion Dalmeny House. Breathe in the fresh air along the Cramond seaside promenade. And take in the magnificent views whilst riding across the Forth Road Bridge. This five-hour trip passes through quaint Scottish villages and towns, along rivers and lochs. It’s almost all off-road on cycle paths.
Cycling around the City
Edinburgh is a bike-friendly city and while it might have a few bumpy cobbled streets, there are plenty of safe paths to ride along. Book a weekend break at Parliament House Hotel and take a tour of our historic city. Follow the river along a beautiful tree-lined path and stop off at a park for a picnic. Then, head along the Royal Mile, where you can stop and buy souvenirs at independent shops, before reaching Palace of Holyroodhouse and Queen’s Park. There are many places to lock your bike in the city so you can enjoy lunch or some sightseeing. Once you’ve enjoyed a day out, cycle the short distance back to Parliament House for a restful night’s sleep in one of our comfortable rooms.
Fun and Charity Cycle Events
If you’re looking to take part in a cycle event in Edinburgh, there are many happening throughout the year. Every summer, the city hosts Edinburgh Festival of Cycling event, which celebrates bike culture and the city. All ages and abilities are encouraged to take part. And as well as cycle tours and events, there are film screenings, talks and workshops. If you’re looking to take part in a charity bike ride, the Edinburgh to St Andrews Lepra Ride is perfect. Raising money for leprosy, the scenic ride starts in Inverleith Park and finishes in the town of St Andrews on the coast.
So, there’s no excuse to not get on your bike and explore our beautiful capital city. Choose from the many cycle routes in Edinburgh and discover its natural beauty, historic sites, theatres, galleries and shops by the power of the pedal.