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 a 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. Be sure to keep an eye 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 the B981 road where you can visit Deep Sea World, enjoy the tranquil village; explore the heritage of the village such as the only operational Light Tower in the world that sits in the shadow of the world-famous Forth Bridge; along with unapparelled views of the 3 bridges built in the last 3 centuries. Then take a train back to Edinburgh from the Forth Bridge Heritage Centre at the North Queensferry Station.
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).
See our other local traffic-free cycle routes.
- Edinburgh Castle
- National Gallery of Scotland
- The Georgian House
- Lauriston Castle
- Cramond Fort
- Dalmeny House
- Lauriston Castle
- Forth Bridges Visitor Centre
- Deep Sea World, North Queensferry
- Bike Trax, Edinburgh
- Cycle Scotland Cycle Hire
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.