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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National Cycle Network route number: Route 1

 

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 either continue along National Route 1 along a mixture of cycle tracks and quiet roads to Dalmeny, or take National Route 76 along the coastline of the Firth of Forth. National Route 76 rejoins National Route 1 at South Queensferry to 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, Edinburgh to Cramond Brig provides a five mile, easy route which finishes at Cramond Brig. From there you can link into the North Edinburgh paths at Craigleith, down to the esplanade between Granton and Cramond. The River Almond path between Cramond Brig and Cramond village has many steps and is not ideal for cycling.

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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
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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.