A mainly traffic-free route from the Haymarket Station in the centre of Edinburgh, following the tree-lined corridor of the old Granton Branch of the Caledonian Railway out to Davidson’s Mains, residential streets through Barnton, a cycle track over the golf course and then down quiet roads to Cramond Brig.
The route passes close to Lauriston Castle, whose last residents epitomised the Scottish Edwardian wealthy middle class. They were cultured, widely travelled and were all born in Edinburgh, into families of established local businesses. With its calm, tranquil atmosphere and stunning views across the Firth of Forth, Lauriston is the perfect place to escape from the bustle of the city centre. There is free entry to the grounds, but the castle itself is only open for guided tours at selected times.
You can link into the North Edinburgh paths at Craigleith, down to the esplanade between Granton and Cramond, or carry on to the Forth Road Bridge from Cramond. The River Almond path between Cramond Brig and Cramond village has many steps and is not ideal for cycling.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.