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FAQ Group: About the ride

Tell me more about the route

On this 4 – 5 hour tour we ride beyond Edinburgh, cycling along quiet cycle paths through woodlands and country parks and taking in several fabulous historic buildings.

We set off from the coastline city of Leith and cycle along the coast to the historic fishing harbour of Newhaven. Then we head to the city centre via cycle paths taking in the classic new town and old town architecture of Edinburgh.

Next we ride south out of the city cycling past Edinburgh’s extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat, and off road to Craigmillar castle where Mary Queen of Scots fled in 1566. From here we continue on a mix of quiet roads and dedicated cycle paths to Newhailes House reminiscent of “Downton Abbey”. This grand Palladian country house was originally built in the 17th century, owned by the influential Dalrymple family it featured prominently during the Scottish Enlightenment.

We then re-join the coast at Musselburgh visiting Fisherrow harbour and stop for something to eat at a suitable venue depending on the weather. After a break we cycle along the coast to the promenade at Portobello beach – Edinburgh’s sea side – and then return to our starting point in Leith.

How should I prepare for the ride?

Train as much as you like! We know that you have full-time jobs and that it can be difficult to find time for training ahead of the event. On the day of the event, we strongly recommend that you check the weather forecast and bring the appropriate clothing.

The ride is done at a medium pace, has a stop for a coffee or snack lunch and a total maximum distance of around 30 km (20 miles). It is good to have a decent level of cycling fitness.

Is it a race? Will there be a winner?

The Charitable Fundraising Bike Ride is not a race. In order to keep the competition component, we will award the individual and the team that manages to fundraise the biggest amount of money for the EF Scholarship Fund.

Timing and practicalities

The ride will take place on Saturday 7th of September.  We will notify you the exact time and location of the pick-up prior to the event. We are aiming to start the ride at 13:00 local time from Leith.