Cycling around Edinburgh is easy even if you are only a tourist without your own bike. That’s because you can rent one in many places! After your complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express make your way to the Leith Cycle Shop to rent a bike. It is a 10 minute walk downhill to the left of the hotel, halfway down the walk. They rent bikes for half a day or a full day.

Cycling Around Edinburgh

From the bike shop cycle down Pilrig street. Carry on riding until you reach the sea shore where you need to turn left. It is here that you can join one of the most scenic cycling routes in Edinburgh. Follow the road until you get to Granton Harbour and there continue on the promenade to Cramond Island.

You can walk over to Cramond Island if you catch the low tide. It is easy to spend an hour walking around it while taking pictures of the Forth Road and Railway Bridge.

Cramond has a lovely cafe and a traditional pub next to the island where lunch is finger licking good! The traditional Scottish fish and chips with peas is what most people pick or the Haggis. For desert why not walk over to the Cramond cafe just round the corner? They sell Di Rollo ice-cream and home-made cakes. My personal favourite is their apple pie with cinnamon on top.

Northern Cycle Path

Take the Northern Cycle Path from Cramond to reach Roseburn Bridge. Here you need to change routes and continue on the Water of Leith Walk from the National Galleries. 

Cramond Island

Edinburgh’s cycle tracks are disused railway lines. The government took the rails up in the 1960’s but the council renovated the pathways. Using them you can reach any part of town easily without stopping at red lights or being run over by a truck.

The Water of Leith Walk will take you to Balerno Lakes if you carry on until the end which is about 7 miles away. I fully recommend it because this way you will see half of Edinburgh without the traffic. You will also be able to take short breaks after each mile you ride.

Back Into Town

The ride back to town is easy as you will just roll downhill until you reach Roseburn Cemetery. From here it is another five minutes ride to the cycle shop on the right.

Not far from the bicycle shop on the corner of Leith Walk and Iona street is a cosy cafe. Here you can have your tea after cycling all day and warm up. They serve absolutely everything from fruit juices squeezed right in front of you to fresh sandwiches and Scottish all day breakfast.

For walking inspiration read my other article about Edinburgh.

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