In the heart of the old town lies the Meadows. During the summer it’s full of locals and tourists alike indulging in picnics, sports and the odd spot of sunbathing. In the winter it’s equally beautiful, particularly when the snow falls. North Meadow Walk runs from Hope Park Crescent to Tollcross, which eventually leads you back to the New Town. It’s a smooth, level and well-lit path, so it’s great for cycling on even after the sun sets.
The 12-mile Water of Leith walkway serves as a scenic commute for many who live in Edinburgh, and is also a great cycle trail that takes you from the centre of the city right up to the Balerno suburb. Within minutes, you’ll be shaded under the branches of towering trees and under the allusion of being in the middle of the countryside. Look out for herons on the water!
The iconic Forth Road Bridge has cycle paths on both sides, so you can truly appreciate the awe-inspiring views over the Firth of Forth. The bridge connects Fife and the North of Scotland to Edinburgh, and is truly an architectural wonder. A must-cycle for any avid cyclist visiting Edinburgh.