Cycling Edinburgh

Organised bike rides in and around Edinburgh


Welcome. On this page, you'll find details of all organised bike rides in or near the Scottish capital. These rides are run by local cycling clubs, groups and individuals, and are mostly free and open to all. If you like the idea of cycling in congenial company with a knowledgeable leader, you're sure to find a run here that's right for your experience and level of fitness.

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Forthcoming rides

Regular weekly rides

Other bike-related events

 

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Forthcoming rides

Thursday 27th April 2017 : 20-Milers Evening Ride
The first of a series of weekly rides that will take place every Thursday evening until late August. Tonight's ride will be about 15 miles, taken at a moderate pace (about 10 mph). Note that there will be no meal break. The ride will finish around dusk, so be sure to bring lights (with plenty of spare battery power). Time and place: Meet at 18.30, at the terminus of the Union Canal in Fountainbridge (behind the Akva bar). Cost and booking: The ride is free, with no need to book; just turn up. Further information: Jim Cameron (0131 466 6156, ) or see the rides' blog.

Sunday 30th April : EasyCycle Short Ride
A short informal ride of 12 - 15 miles, which will be taken at a gentle pace with plenty of stops. These rides are especially suitable for less experienced riders and those who haven't cycled for a while. The route will mainly be on bike paths and quiet roads, and will try to avoid steep hills. There will be a pub or café stop at lunchtime, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Meet: 10.30, in front of Peter's Yard café, Middle Meadow Walk. Cost and booking: Free. No need to book; just turn up. Further information: Jim Cameron (0131 466 6156, ), or see the EasyCycle website.

Tuesday 2nd May : CTC Evening Ride
The first of this summer's CTC Tuesday evening runs. These are sociable rides of 20 to 25 miles, and will go at a moderate pace, with the possibility of a short pub stop on the way back. Most rides end around 22.00 or shortly after dark if earlier (be sure to bring lights). These rides will take place every Tuesday evening until 29th August. Meet: Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Road [map]. This year, the rides will start earlier than in previous years, at 18.30. Cost and booking: The ride is free and open to all, but those attending more than a few CTC rides will be asked to join; membership information will be available on the night. Further information: Contact Alastair Sim (, 0777 898 2265), or see the CTC Lothians website. 

Saturday 6th May to Sunday 7th May : Mellow Velo Callander Weekend
A weekend of cycling in central Scotland, taking in the Kelpies, the Pineapple, Stirling, Kippenrait Glen and Doune, with train travel to and from Falkirk, and overnight accommodation at Callander Youth Hostel. There will be 35 - 40 miles of cycling each day.  Further information: See also the Mellow Velo website.

Sunday 7th May : Spokes
A moderately-paced ride of about 50 miles. These rides are aimed at the averagely-fit cyclist who rides regularly and is comfortable cycling for a reasonable period at 10 to 12 mph. Most rides include a longish lunch stop at a pub or café, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Today's ride should end around 17.00. Meet: 10.00, at the Usher Hall, Lothian Road [map]. Cost and booking: Free, no need to book. Further information: Spokes, or contact Stuart Threlfall (0131 445 7073)

Wednesday 10th May to Sunday 14th May : St. Columba's Celtic Challenge
A 200-mile charity ride from Edinburgh to Iona, in aid of St. Columba's Hospice. The registration fee includes four nights accommodation, all meals and refreshments, all ferry fares, the services of tour guides and support vehicles, and return transport to Edinburgh at the end of the ride. Cost: £175 per person, plus a suggested sponsorship target of £1,200. Registration and further information:  See the event's web page, or contact Alex Sharp by email () or phone (0131 551 1381).

Saturday 13th May : Edinburgh 20-Milers
An easy-to-moderate ride, suitable both for occasional cyclists and those with a little more experience. These runs are a good choice for riders who are comfortable pedalling 15 - 20 miles in a day, but might not feel ready for a long strenuous day in the saddle. (If you haven't cycled for a while, or are unsure of your abilities, consider starting with EasyCycle instead; their runs are listed elsewhere on this page.) Most rides are around 20 miles, and are taken at a "sociable" pace (8 - 9 mph over the day, which is not so fast that you can't keep up a conversation). The routes favour bike paths and quiet roads where possible. There is usually a lunch stop at a café or pub, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Most rides end mid afternoon. Route and destination: Today's ride will head out to South Queensferry (by a slightly unconventional route), with a total distance of about 25 miles. Meet: 10.30, at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk (junction of Lauriston Place) [map]. Cost and booking: Free; just turn up. Further information: Email See also the 20-Milers Blog.

Friday 19th May to Monday 22nd May : Mellow Velo Aberdeenshire Weekend
A long weekend of cycling in the country to the north of Aberdeen, with about 40 - 45 miles of cycling each day, mainly on quiet roads. Accommodation will consist of three nights at the modern self-catering Highlander Bunkhouse at Huntly (approx. £20 per person per night). Travel by train on the Friday evening, returning to Edinburgh on the Monday afternoon. Further information and booking: Phone 07810 364206 or see the Mellow Velo website.

Saturday 20th May to Sunday 21st May : 20-Milers Perth Weekend
A weekend of cycling in Fife and Perthshire, with an overnight stop in Perth. The group will leave Edinburgh on the Saturday morning and return late on the Sunday afternoon. Details of the route will appear here nearer the time. The distance will be 40 miles each day, which will be taken at a moderate, unpressured pace. Accommodation: Riders should arrange their own accommodation in Perth; the group will meet up for an evening meal. Starting time and place: Information will be posted here in due course. Contact: Those intending to take part are asked to contact Glenn Brearley () in advance. For general information about the group, see the 20-Milers Blog.

Sunday 21st May : CTC Long
A full-day ride of 40 - 60 miles, taken at a reasonably fast pace. Most rides include a café stop for lunch. Meet: The meeting point for these rides varies, and is only confirmed a few days in advance, on the group's message board. Cost and booking: Free; just turn up. Further information: CTC Lothians, or contact Maureen Young (0131 661 3325).

Saturday 27th May : Edinburgh 20-Milers Extra
The first of the group's Extra rides for this year. At about 30 - 35 miles, these are longer than the usual 20-Milers runs, and go at a slightly faster pace. Today's ride is provisionally planned to go to Almondell Country Park. Further details of the route and meeting place will be posted here nearer the time. Cost and booking: Free; just turn up. Further information: Email See also the 20-Milers Blog.

Sunday 28th May : EasyCycle Short Ride
A short informal ride of 12 - 15 miles, which will be taken at a gentle pace with plenty of stops. These rides are especially suitable for less experienced riders and those who haven't cycled for a while. The route will mainly be on bike paths and quiet roads, and will try to avoid steep hills. There will be a pub or café stop at lunchtime, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Meet: 10.30, in front of Peter's Yard café, Middle Meadow Walk. Cost and booking: Free. No need to book; just turn up. Further information: Jim Cameron (0131 466 6156, ), or see the EasyCycle website.

Saturday 3rd June : Bethany Sportive
This popular sportive is a charity event aimed at the "serious amateur" cyclist. It aims to raise funds to help homeless and vulnerable people (£14,000 was raised last year). The ride is non-competitive, but each rider will be individually timed, with all times being published on the Bethany website after the event. There will be food and water stations offering refreshments along the routes; those wanting something more substantial should bring their own food. The event is limited to 400 riders. Routes: There is a choice of three routes. The Super Challenge is a 102-mile circuit of the Scottish Borders and the Moorfoot Hills; this is a demanding route, with 8,000 feet of ascent. The Challenge route is a (slightly) less strenuous 72-mile option, taking in the River Tweed and Gala Water valleys. And the Taster Challenge is a shorter 30-mile circuit, intended for riders who prefer not to try either of the longer options; under-16s are welcome on the Taster Challenge if accompanied by a responsible adult. Time and place: Riders will set out at two-minute intervals between 08.00 and 09.30 (between 09.30 and 10.00 for the Taster Challenge), from Lasswade Sports Centre, Eskdale Drive, Bonnryrigg, (which is about eight miles from the centre of Edinburgh). Riders are expected to complete the route by 17.00. Cost: £39 entry fee for the two longer routes, £26 for the Taster Challenge, plus sponsorship money in all cases. The fee will be waived for the first 50 entrants who undertake to raise at least £100 in sponsorship.  Registration and further information: See the event's website, or contact Caroline Reed (phone 0131 561 8930, email ).

Sunday 4th June : Spokes
A moderately-paced ride of about 50 miles. These rides are aimed at the averagely-fit cyclist who rides regularly and is comfortable cycling for a reasonable period at 10 to 12 mph. Most rides include a longish lunch stop at a pub or café, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Today's ride should end around 17.00. Meet: 10.00, at the Usher Hall, Lothian Road [map]. Cost and booking: Free, no need to book. Further information: Spokes, or contact Stuart Threlfall (0131 445 7073)

Saturday 10th June : Edinburgh 20-Milers
An easy-to-moderate ride, suitable both for occasional cyclists and those with a little more experience. These runs are a good choice for riders who are comfortable pedalling 15 - 20 miles in a day, but might not feel ready for a long strenuous day in the saddle. (If you haven't cycled for a while, or are unsure of your abilities, consider starting with EasyCycle instead; their runs are listed elsewhere on this page.) Most rides are around 20 miles, and are taken at a "sociable" pace (8 - 9 mph over the day, which is not so fast that you can't keep up a conversation). The routes favour bike paths and quiet roads where possible. There is usually a lunch stop at a café or pub, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Most rides end mid afternoon. Route and destination: Details of today's route and lunch stop will be posted here nearer the time. Meet: 10.30, at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk (junction of Lauriston Place) [map]. Cost and booking: Free; just turn up. Further information: Email See also the 20-Milers Blog.

Saturday 17th June to Sunday 18th June : 'Ride to the Sun' - Carlisle to Cramond
An informal overnight ride to (approximately) coincide with the summer solstice. Riders will leave Carlisle between 20.00 and 22.00 on the Saturday evening; they will cycle at their own pace, aiming to reach Cramond in time to see the sun rise at 04.30. The route is just over 100 miles, mainly on quiet roads, and includes a 7-mile climb from Moffat up the Devil’s Beef Tub. There will be a kebab-and-pizza stop in Moffat and hot drinks at Cramond. Important: The ride is completely unsupported, with no sweeper vehicle, mechanical support or first-aid. Riders are entirely responsible for their own safety and the road-worthiness of their bikes, and for getting themselves home in the event of breakdown or accident. Cost and booking: The ride is free with no formal registration required. However, the organisers ask that you let them know you are coming so that they can plan the catering arrangements. More information: Contact Fraser Maxwell or Gary Cameron () or see the event's website.

Saturday 17th June : Edinburgh to St Andrews (Lepra) Ride 2017
The annual charity run to St Andrews in aid of leprosy relief. This is a demanding 68-mile ride through the Fife countryside, with more than a few hills to climb en route. But there's a great atmosphere, and you'll get a wonderful sense of achievement when you finish. You ride at your own pace, either alone or in the company of others, enjoying excellent scenery and superb refreshment stops along the way. A repair van and first-aiders accompany the ride. Time and place: The ride starts at 08.45 from the west gate of Inverleith Park. Cost and booking: Advanced registration required. £15 per person (£10 concessions). Transport back to Edinburgh is £20 for a rider and bike.  Further information: Click here for full details of the St. Andrews ride, including an overview of the route, how to register, and the organisers' contact details.

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Regular weekly rides

20-Milers summer evening rides
Sociable rides taken at the usual 20-Milers slow-to-moderate pace. Most rides are about 15 miles (or slightly longer where daylight permits). The rides take place every Thursday evening from 27th April to 24th August. There might be a pub stop towards the end of the ride, but there is no official meal break. The rides usually finish around dusk, so be sure to bring lights. Time and place: Meet at 18.30, at the terminus of the Union Canal in Fountainbridge (behind the Akva bar). Cost and booking: The rides are free, with no need to book; just turn up. Further information: Jim Cameron (0131 466 6156, ) or see the rides' blog.

CTC Tuesday evening rides
These are moderately-paced sociable rides of 20 to 25 miles, running every Tuesday from 2nd May to the 29th August, starting from the Commonwealth Pool [map] at 18.30 (note: this is half an hour earlier than last year's rides). Rides often include a pub stop on the way home. The rides usually finish after dark, so be sure to bring lights. No need to book: just turn up. Contact: Alastair Sim (, 0777 898 2265).

Full-day CTC rides
As well as their frequent Sunday rides (listed in the section above), CTC have longer runs every Wednesday throughout the year. These are moderate-to-fast rides of 50 to 70 miles, aimed at reasonably fit cyclists. The starting times and meeting points vary, so please check the current rides list on the CTC web site, or email .

Edinburgh RC
This group has rides every Saturday and Sunday. These are fast rides, aimed at serious cyclists who are interested in cycling at speed in a group and those training to race. Further information: Edinburgh RC (email: ).

Note: The above groups welcome non-members on their rides, but those who cycle with them regularly will be asked to join.

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Other bike-related events

Thursday 11th May 2017 : 'Adventurous Edinburgh'
An evening with "inspiring people" to encourage you to "go and find your next adventure." Speakers include Markus Stitz (round-the-world cyclist on a single-speed bike), Naomi Freireich (endurance mountain biker), Ed Shoote (photographer and writer) and Marion Shoote (winner of several endurance bike races). Time and place: 19.00, at Pentland Outdoor Centre, 44 Biggar Road (adjacent to the City Bypass near Fairmilehead). Cost: £10; concesssions £8. Booking and further information: Bikepacking Scotland.

Thursday 8th June to Sunday 18th June : Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2017
A series of events to celebrate cycling throughout the city. Last year's programme included over 70 individual events, including family bike rides, sightseeing tours, films, plays, workshops, talks, discussions, contests, and even a speed-dating session. Details of this years' events will appear here when available.

Saturday 10th June : Edinburgh Moonwalk 2017
An overnight "power walking" marathon in which thousands of women (and a few men) pound the streets of Edinburgh wearing decorated bras, with the aim of raising money towards breast cancer charities (last year, over £8 million was raised). Although not itself a cycling-related event, the organisers rely on a team of volunteer cyclists to patrol the route and give aid and support to the participants. Volunteer cyclists work in three shifts: Saturday evening to midnight; overnight Saturday / Sunday; and Sunday morning. You will need your own bike, should be reasonably fit, and ideally have a good knowledge of the area. Further information: phone 01483 741430, email , or visit the volunteers' web page.

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