Edinburgh is often said to have been, like Rome, built on seven hills and even though it can get pretty steep at some times, it is a surprisingly easy city to cycle around. There is a terrific network of off-road cycle paths and an ever-growing network of on road paths.
Most of the off-road cycle paths are built on old railway tracks and wind their way across the city. You can easily get from the city centre out to Murrayfield or down to the Shore at Cramond, Leith or Portobello without having to be near a road or see a car.
For a great guide to these paths, Spokes do some great maps available at many locations around town or from their website here
For short trip there are multiple locations around the city centre wher you can pick up or drop off a Just-Eat cycle. Rides start from £1.50 for a single trip or £3 for a day pass.
If you’d like to get out there on two wheels for bit longer, you can rent one from various pick-up locations around the city or even have one delivered. Here are a few of the best places for bike rental in Edinburgh:
Located towards the bottom of Leith Walk, Leith Cycle Co have a fleet of hybrid bikes that come complete with pannier racks. They also rent a few road bikes and children’s cycles are available too. They’ve also recently opened a hire centre at the Archerfield walled garden near North Berwick.
Address: 276 Leith Walk, EH6 5BX
Phone: +44 131 467 7775
The Tartan Bicycle Company rent road and hybrids too. However, if you would like a bit of assistance on those seven hills they also have a range of Bosch-powered e-bikes to make things a bit easier. To make it even easier they will deliver and collect any of their bikes within Edinburgh for only £5 for one bike or free for two or more bikes. They also have a range of guided or self-guide tours available too.
Based smack bang in the city centre on Blackfriars Street, just off the Royal Mile, Cycle Scotland have been in operation since 1995 and offer a full range of hybrid, mountain and e-bikes, as well as panniers, camping equipment and trailers. They even have tandems!
Alongside this they also run guided and bespoke cycling tours around Edinburgh and across Scotland. Fancy a tour taking in shooting locations from Harry Potter, Braveheart or Outlander or a trek around the castle and distilleries of Royal Deeside? Cycle Scotland are your pick.
Address: 29 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB
Phone: +44 131 556 5560
Another option are Pedal Forth, who are also based in Leith. Their shop is literally just around the corner from the Water of Leith walkway/cycle path. So if you want to avoid traffic completely then they are a great choice They stock a good range of Elios hybrids.
Address: 17 East Cromwell Street, EH6 6HD
Phone: +44 131 554 9990