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Edinburgh to the Forth Road Bridge

Route Details

  • From - to: Haymarket Train Station, Edinburgh to North Queensferry
  • Distance: 10.5 miles
  • Type: Mixture of quiet roads and traffic-free paths
  • Access: Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Haymarket, South Gyle, Dalmeny and North Queensferry train stations
  • Surface: Tarmac

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Route Description

This route takes you from the beautiful city of Edinburgh and its many architectural delights to South Queensferry and then across the impressive Forth Road Bridge. When opened, on 4 September 1964 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Forth Road Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in Europe. You can cross the bridge in perfect safety using the pedestrian and cycle paths which run on either side of the bridge and enjoy the magnificent views across the Firth of Forth. The route also provides excellent views of the imposing Forth Rail Bridge to the east, the world's first major steel bridge still regarded as great feat of engineering.

A mainly traffic-free cycle from Haymarket Station in the centre of Edinburgh, the route follows the tree-lined corridor of the old Granton Branch of the Caledonian Railway on National Route 1 out to Davidson’s Mains, residential streets through Barnton, a cycle track over the golf course and then down quiet roads to Cramond Brig. Lauriston Castle is close to the route and look out for the Shetland ponies just before Cramond Brig!

You can then continue along National Route 1 along a mixture of cycle tracks and quiet roads to Dalmeny, or take National Route 76 through the Dalmeny Estate and along the coastline of the Firth of Forth.

At South Queensferry Route 76 passes underneath Route 1 (which is overhead on the Forth Road Bridge). If you've followed it (Route 76) then for the purposes of this ride climb the path which begins immediately underneath the bridge to rejoin National Route 1 and cross the bridge. From here, you could continue to into North Queensferry on road where you can visit Deep Sea World and take a train back to Edinburgh.

For those wishing a shorter route, turning around at Cramond Brig will result in a five mile easy route (each way). From Cramond Brig some like to use the River Almond path to Cramond village at the Firth of Forth - however note that this has two very long very steep flights of steps (one up, one down).

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This route takes you from the beautiful city of Edinburgh and its many architectural delights to South Queensferry and then across the impressive Forth Road Bridge.

Latitude: 
55.98532318702807
Longitude: 
-3.3089451396484737
Zoom level: 
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This route takes you from the beautiful city of Edinburgh and its many architectural delights to South Queensferry and then across the impressive Forth Road Bridge. Navigation is easy as you follow National Route 1 or 76.