Cycle routes in Edinburgh and the Lothians
The Pentland Hills
Union Canal Path, Edinburgh
the Water of Leith Walkway
Spread through the wonderful city of Edinburgh like a joyous spider’s web is a network of cycle paths that offer a most pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
As the city goes about its business, many miles of cycle paths weave their way through the city. Unbeknown to residents and visitors alike, these paths are a shortcut to the natural world, showcasing beautiful places in hidden spaces right on their doorstep.
You don't have to pedal along busy main roads. Instead you are free to enjoy the fresh air and scenery on the extensive network of traffic-free routes. The routes also provide easy access to more adventurous cycling country just outside Edinburgh like the Pentland Hills Regional Park, or forays further afield into the Scottish Borders.
Try the Union Canal Path, Water of Leith Walkway or Innocent Cycle Path – all easy routes with great scenery taking in waterfalls, woodland and wildlife. Deer, foxes, squirrels, badgers and a surprising variety of birds can be seen, such as dippers, buzzards, ravens and sparrowhawks, especially if you are out in the evening or early morning.
The Edinburgh cycle routes have been mapped out London Underground-style by the brilliant Innertube. Check out the Innertube website to get the latest information on cycling in Edinburgh and view the map. You can also get lots of information from Edinburgh City Council’s Explore Edinburgh by Bike leaflets that cover the whole of Edinburgh, area by area, and include detailed cycle maps and ideas for things to see. Click on the link to download the maps.
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Edinburgh and the Lothians sits on the eastern side of Scotland's central belt, in the heart of the country.