Edinburgh is a city that you fall in love with from day one. Walking through its streets, you realize that you breathe tradition and a pure air that is not possible to breathe in other important cities in Europe such as Madrid or Barcelona.
Best of all, you can not only explore the city on foot or by car. You also have the possibility of taking an interesting bike tour through the capital of Scotland.
Edinburgh Castle is a good starting point
In the morning you can contemplate the majesty of Edinburgh Castle from a distance or almost from within before you start pedaling. To the south is George Heriot’s school and the Pentland Hills, while to the north you will see Princess Street heading towards Leith and the Forth Estuary.
Going down George IV Bridge Street you can reach the Royal Museum and the Museum of Scotland . They are two museums that are stuck together and that hide international collections with objects that have written the history of Scotland. In addition, in front of the Museum of Scotland you will see Greyfriars Bobby , the statue of the dog that guarded the grave of his deceased master.
The Royal Mile is the busiest street
In the afternoon, a bike ride down the Royal Mile , which is Scotland’s most popular street, is highly recommended. It is full of stories and mysteries (I recommend taking a tour at night), as well as buildings that you should not miss. I recommend the Museum of Childhood or the Museum of Edinburgh, where you can see the necklace and bowl of the faithful Greyfriars Bobby.
The Scottish Parliament is at the end of the Royal Mile, but you can also go for more artistic things by moving through The Mound to the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy. In the New Town , the new city, you will discover a fantastic building in which the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is located with the portraits of the most illustrious people of Scotland.
Finish by relaxing in the Royal Botanical Garden
To finish, I recommend you stop by the Royal Botanical Garden , where you can relax to the fullest surrounded by nature on the outskirts of the city. Of course, do not forget to bring a raincoat in case the flies, since in Edinburgh it rains almost every day.
Below you can see an expandable map with the city’s cycling routes and the most recommended stops divided by itineraries.