City Centre, Holyrood Park, Portobello Guided Tour
About this tour
This guided cycle ride (2.5 to 3 hours, 18 km) lets you sample the rich diversity which Edinburgh has to offer and which is best experienced on a bike: picturesque cycle paths, a few of the iconic sites in the heart of the city, verdant Holyrood Park and a coastal promenade.
We start by heading west from our office along a designated cycle path and then emerge in the New Town area, just ½ mile from the city centre. After a short, steep climb through residential streets in this UNESCO World Heritage Site we cross Princes Street (from where you can see Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens) and head down the lower section of The Royal Mile, experiencing some of the history of the Old Town, towards Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament.
The scenery then changes as we enter Holyrood Park and pass Arthur’s Seat on the way to another quiet cycle path, which follows the route of a disused railway line back down towards the coastline. We finish with a spin along Portobello Promenade and then back to Leith.
There’s simply no better way to see the dramatic and contrasting cityscape of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.
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What You Get
This route mainly uses cycle paths, but has some sections on roads. NOT suitable for children under 16 years old. This route is suitable for teenagers, 16 or over, who are confident handling a bike, fit and able to ride for three hours. We recommend our Family Friendly Tour for families with kids under the age of 16, or a Private Tour. Please ask for details.
This route mainly uses cycle paths, but has some sections on roads.
NOT suitable for children under 16 years old.
This route is suitable for teenagers, 16 or over, who are confident handling a bike, fit and able to ride for three hours. We recommend our Family Friendly Tour for families with kids under the age of 16, or a Private Tour. Please ask for details.
What People Say about this tour
Brilliant few hours
We booked the city tour which took you through the city centre and out to Portobello. Apart from a couple of hills at the beginning the ride itself is relatively flat. There were only the two of us plus our guide, Andy, which was great. What a brilliant few hours we had with Andy! When…
Great ride around beautiful Edinburgh and to Portobello
Super friendly efficient service. Kathy was so helpful in arranging our booking. Our guide was just lovely, Sandrine, who was so knowledgeable and friendly made the experience really good. COVID-19 responsible and we couldn’t have asked for a better travel bike tour experience. Such a fab way to see the city and more! Thank you
Coast and Castles
When we last visited and took the city centre tour the coast and bridges tour was recommended. As expected, tours aren’t back to full operation so we contacted Kathy to see whether there was a possibility of running this and she kindly arranged our own tour. This is a beautiful ride along the coastline of…