Cannon at the top of Carlton hill

Cannon at the top of Carlton hill

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

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Time and place: 10:30 am at Scottish parliament building.

Distance: 6.9 miles/11.1 km

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

Route description: generally flat, some hills and cycle paths.

Price: £17 per person. Please contact us to book.

Highlights: Cartlon Hill, Greyfriars Kirk,The Meadows ,Grassmarket, High Street (The Royal Mile), Holyrood Park, Holyrood Abbey.

Welcome to Edinburgh. On this tour you will have the opportunity to explore Edinburgh city in a fast, fun and easy way. On this tour you will get the chance to see the main highlights and hidden gems as we take you places you wouldn’t reach otherwise. This is an ideal tour if you would like to see Edinburgh’s highlights in a short period of time giving you more time to plan the rest of your day. This tour offers a chance to see some lovely views around Holyrood Park which dominates Edinburgh’s skyline. We then take a trip through Edinburgh’s medieval old town with stories of Edinburgh’s characters from the past. Next we head over to Carlton Hill to see Edinburgh’s most iconic views where you can see the contrasting differences between Neo classical New town standing next to medieval Edinburgh. Final we stand next to Holyrood Abbey hidden at the back of Holyrood Palace.

 

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.

Greyfriars Kirk: Greyfriars was the first church to be built after the reformation in 1560 and it was built on land granted by Mary queen of Scots. The land was previously owned by the Franciscan convent. Building started in 1602 and was open on 1620 on Christmas day. On the Greyfriars grounds you can find the tomb of Edinburgh’s poltergeist George Mackenzie, Part of the Flodden wall which was put up to protect Edinburgh from English invasion, George Heriots School part castle part school  which gave some of the inspiration for J.K Rowling to write Harry Potter novels.

The Meadows: This lovely park is great for watching the real Edinburgh people going about their day. Close to the medieval Old Town offers relaxed feel and a pleasure to cycle through making you feel part of the city.

Greyfriars Kirk:

Grass market:Located in Edinburgh historic old town with Edinburgh Castle domainating 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 Arthurs 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.