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Beyond Edinburgh bike tour - historic buildings & hidden trails

Beyond Edinburgh Bike Tour - historic buildings & hidden trails

On this day tour beyond Edinburgh we cycle along the coast and quiet cycle paths, through woodlands and country parks taking in three fabulous historic buildings.

The tour will be tailored to suit your time and will be between 5 to 6 hours, with a total  distance of around 30 miles.

First stop is at Newhailes, which brings three centuries of history to life. Originally built in the 17th century, this Palladian house was owned by the influential Dalrymple family and featured prominently during the Scottish Enlightenment.

We follow the Esk from its mouth in Musselburgh to Dalkeith Country Park which has been in the Buccleuch family for over 300 years. The oak woodlands are hundreds of years old and now a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with some trees over 900 years of age. The architecture and designed landscape you see today are the result of changes by different generations of the Buccleuch family.

Our third stop is at Rosslyn chapel. Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 as a place of worship and services continue to be held here weekly. The Chapel has also been a popular destination for visitors for generations. By the late 18th-century, it was starting to appear on itineraries and its profile greatly increased after the publication of Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, in 2003, and the subsequent film. 

Full day guided tours
30 miles
Total time: 
6 hours
£65 per adult.
Child price: 
Not suitable for under 16s, child seats or tagalong bikes.
Helmet included?: 
Bike included?: 
Guide included?: 

Drinks and snacks en route

Start and finish place: 
Starts and finishes at our office in Leith
Start and finish time: 
Starts at 0930 and finishes mid afternoon
This tour is mostly on cycle paths, with some sections on minor roads.
We try to use low traffic routes on the short road sections
Child friendly?: 

This tour is suitable for anyone over 16.

Beyond Edinburgh Bike Tour - historic buildings & hidden trails