Edinburgh E-Bike Experience shall be closed from the 31st of March to the 2nd of April.
Duration: 3 hours
Time: 10:30 am
Place: Scottish Parliament building
Distance: 10 miles/16 km
Includes: E-bike, lock, helmet, disposable poncho
Route description: Some quite roads and cycle paths, Mainly flat with some hills
Highlights: Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Carlton Hill, Duddingston Village, Holyrood Park, Grass market, The New Town
Welcome to Edinburgh, scenic views of Edinburgh Castle, experience Edinburgh attractions on an electric bike, soak up the history and culture on along the way.
Landscape in the city
With this tour you get a great overview and see more places of interest in a short period of time. An opportunity to see Edinburgh’s Old Town rich in history and architecture along with Edinburgh Castle sitting on an extinct volcano, Duddingston village with it’s medieval Kirk, Arthur’s Seat dominating in the background along with Edinburgh’s Secret Garden. We get a chance to stand next to the Rabbie Burns monument and hear a poem written by one of Scotland’s most famous poets, we also go up Calton Hill to see one of Edinburgh’s most iconic views, where we will see the influence of the Scottish enlightenment as well as the contrast between the Old and the New Town.
Edinburgh Castle: Sitting on an extinct volcano and dominating Edinburgh’s sky line Edinburgh Castle holds military and royal history. Also contains a dark past of torcher of 4000 men and women thought to be witches between 1479 and 1722.
The Royal Mile: The Royal Mile is a must see Edinburgh attraction containing many places of interest going up the mile. This street is the heart of Edinburgh’s medieval history. Known at one point as the hub of a nation with its narrow closes and wind this street is full of character. It was a place were people lived, worked and traded also a place of hanging and dark history.
Arthur’s Seat: Once was a volcano which erupted 350 million years ago then carved out by ice provides us with a beautiful landscape located inside the heart of the city. It was this spot were James Hutten the father of geology came up with the theories on how the earth worked.
St Giles Cathedral: It has been a place of worship since 854 however most of today’s building is less than 200 years old. It has seen many changes of the years from hangings of criminals were next to the church marks a stone shape heart on the ground known as the heart of Midlothian. The toll both prison used to stand there from 1386 to 1817. Also next to St Giles stands the market cross were proclamations were read, Kings and Queens welcomed and more hanging. Next to St Giles sits the old Scottish parliament from 1639 to 1707. On many occasion St Giles was visited by the very well-known man in Scotland during the reformation John Knox leader protestant believe.
Carlton Hill: Edinburgh’s most iconic views are seen here. Gives you clear views of Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat (an extinct volcano) dominating the skyline. Here you can see one of Edinburgh’s most iconic views were contrasting old town sits next to the new town and the new town boasts Scotland’s golden age. The time of the Scottish enlightenment which brought about neo-classical architecture and great thinkers like Adam smith father of economics, Alexander Graham Bell inventor of the telephone, James Hutten father of geology and Sir Walter Scott the inventor of the novel who’s monument can be seen from Carlton Hill the largest ever built in honour of a writer. Many other thinker and inventor came from the enlightenment period. Which spans from 1770 to 1840.
Duddingston Village: In the 17th and 18th century this village had an industry known for coal and salt. It also has the oldest pub in Scotland The Sheep Heid and has been a pub since 1360. Also found in Duddingston village Doctor Neil’s Garden known as Edinburgh’s secret garden which is one of Scotland’s best preserved looks on to the peaceful Duddingston loch which influenced the famous painting by Hendry Raeburn the skating minister. Also there Duddingston Kirk dates back to the 12th century. This medieval church provides a beautiful setting with its cobblestone street against a dominating extinct volcano behind it known as Arthur’s Seat.
Innocent Railway: Was once used to transport coal from a nearby town called Dalkeith into Edinburgh. From here you have uninterrupted cycling along this peaceful cycle path with great views of Arthur’s Seat.
The Meadows:This lovely park is great for watching the real Edinburgh people going about there day. Close to the medieval Old Town offers relaxed feel and a pleasure to cycle through.