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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 quiet cycle paths, through woodlands and country parks taking in several fabulous historic buildings.

The tour will be tailored to suit your time and will be between 4.5 to 6 hours, with a total maximum distance of around 30 miles (48 km).

We set off from our Leith office and cycle through the new town and old town of the city and out to the south. On the way we see the classic new town and old town architecture of Edinburgh.

One highlight is Craigmillar castle, where Mary Queen of Scots fled in 1566. From there we continue out of the city on a mix of quiet roads and dedicated cycle paths.

We continue our journey, with some choice over which route we take, depending on timing and energy levels.

Some additional highlights the tour can include (depending on exact route chosen):

Newhailes House, 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.

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.

Portobello beach and promenade. Edinburgh's sea side.

If you prefer we can plan a route to include 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.

There may be time to take a guided tour here if you wish (GBP 9 not included) and have a short lunch break (lunch not included).

Full day guided tours
30 miles / 48 km maximum (can be shorter)
Total time: 
4.5-6 hours
£65 per adult.
Price details: 
Two people minimum required to run the tour.
Child price: 
Not suitable for under 16s, child seats or tagalong bikes.
Helmet included?: 
Bike included?: 
Guide included?: 

Drinks and snacks en route, any entry fees (GBP 9 Rosslyn Chapel)

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. It is suitable for fit regular cyclists.
We try to use low traffic routes on the short road sections
Child friendly?: 

This tour is suitable for regular fit cyclists over 16.

Beyond Edinburgh Bike Tour - historic buildings & hidden trails