st Giles Cathedral

st Giles Cathedral

Edinburgh E-Bike Experience shall be closed from the 31st of March to the 2nd of April.

Duration:2 and half hours approx

Time and Place: 10:30 am at the Scottish Parliament building.

Distance: 6.96 miles/11.2 km

Includes: E-Bike, lock, disposable poncho, rack pannier.

Price: £22.50 per person

Highlights: Carlton Hill, High Street, St Andrews Square, Charlotte Square, Dean Village, Holyrood Park, Holyrood Abbey  To book contact us 

On this tour you will have the opportunity to explore Edinburgh city centre in a fast, fun and easy way experiencing the full diversity Edinburgh has to offer. We’ll begin with Edinburgh’s most iconic view where we see two very different Edinburgh’s before cycling through the Moray Estate, one Scotland’s most expensive streets, and then following a peaceful and leafy path along the Water of Leith to the historical Dean Village. Next we head into Edinburgh’s medieval heart taking in stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and into the Royal Mile with its dark history. Finally we will take advantage of the cycle paths through Holyrood Park where the extinct volcano which dominates Edinburgh’s skyline sits.

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 honor of a writer. Many other thinker and inventor came from the enlightenment period. Which spans from 1770 to 1840.

St Andrews Square and Charlotte Square: From Carlton hill we see two different Edinburgh’s as we cycle along St Andrews Square and Charlotte square we enter one of those Edinburgh’s. With Neo-classical architecture influenced by ancient Greece and Rome Edinburgh became known as Athens of the north. As you notice wide open spaces you get an impression how the wealth classes would have lived in contrast to Edinburgh’s medieval old town.

 

The Dean Village: In this section of Edinburgh we cycle along the  leafy path known as the water of leith. It is here you can see and impressive bidge desined by Thomas Telford along with St Benards Well. In this small temple you find the Greek statue of goddess  Hygieia designed by Alexander Nasymth. It is believed at one time that statue possesses medical properties which can heal everything from Arthritis, back pain and blindness. Finally we arrive at the Dean village which is regarded as one of Edinburgh’s world heritage sites. Once a separate village from Edinburgh which had a industry in milling due to the water of Leith running through it.

Grass market: Located in Edinburgh historic old town with Edinburgh Castle dominating the background sitting on an extinct volcano. This was an official market place when James the 3rd give charter to hold markets here since 1477.  It remained a market place until 1911 during that time there were markets in timber, corn, second hand goods, horses and cattle. It was also a popular place for drinking and live hangings.

 

High Street: This beautiful section of the Royal mile which was once the hub of Edinburgh. This street was known as high street because of its high buildings as well as being the main street in Edinburgh. It was once the place where people worked, lived worshiped and traded. It was here that the old Scottish parliament was once held.  Although high street was at the heart of medieval Edinburgh with it narrow closes and winds it also has Neo-classical influences. Elements of neo classical style can be seen in the statue of the philosopher David Hume wearing a robe and Sphinxes on top of the old Scottish parliament.

Holyrood Park: This section of the tour is traffic free as we cycle next to Holyrood Park which dominates Edinburgh skyline. The highest point being Arthur’s Seat which 231 meters above sea level. Holyrood Park now an extinct volcano was forged in fire and carved by ice. It was at this site during the Scottish enlightenment that James Hutton the father of Geology discovered how the earth works.

Holyrood Abbey: As we cycle along the park we stop close to Holyrood Abbey, an impressive ruin hidden behind Holyrood palace. This Abbey dates back to the 12 century and begins with King David the first. David was out in a hunting party when he became separated from his group. He has nearly killed by a huge stag. As the stag was going in for the kill miraculously David saw a cross forming within the clouds. The stag then turned away after which the terrified king was so grateful to god that he built this Abbey in honour to thank god for saving his life. The term Holyrood means holly cross.