We're incredibly lucky to live in a city that is so compact the best way to get around is either on foot or by bike. As well as all the health benefits, being up close with nature while discovering Edinburgh's hidden gems is the ultimate way to create new memories with friends and family that'll last a lifetime. And if you prefer your own company, what better way to spend your time than to be surrounded by Edinburgh’s natural beauty.
With tranquil nature trails, adventurous hills, wooded reservoirs, calming canals, and fresh sea air along the coast, this really is a fantastic way to explore your city in ways you've never done so before.
If there's anything good to come out of 2020, exploring your local neighbourhood on foot during lockdown is one of them. Many people in Edinburgh utilised their daily exercise quota to soak up a dose of Vitamin D and take in the freshest of air, while discovering new walk routes on their doorstep.
With so many incredible trails to enjoy around the Scottish capital, we've created this guide to walking in Edinburgh so you can plan your next expedition in Edinburgh. Why not make a day of it and stop at your local cafe or coffee shop for a hot brew, juice or even a slice of cake. You deserve it!
Guided tours are not just for visitors. They are in fact a great way for local residents to learn all about their city's history in a fun and engaging way. If you are holidaying here this year then rally your friends and family and book yourselves onto one of the city’s award-winning guided tours.
Visit our page on Edinburgh Tours and pick from the list of literature, ghosts, golf, photography, film, and running tours.
Edinburgh top cycling routes
Another efficient and green way to get around the city is by bicycle. If you're an avid cyclist or have just learned to balance on a set of wheels, Edinburgh has a cycle route suited to you. Whether you're feeling energetic, want to become more active, or just fancy a leisurely cycle with your friends or family, you can enjoy a fun day exploring the city by bike. From off-street paths, former railway lines and sea view esplanades, there is a cycle route to suit most capabilities.
Plan your cycle with our guide to cycling in and around Edinburgh
Hire a bike in Edinburgh
If you don't own a bike, don't worry. You can take advantage of Edinburgh's cycle hire scheme - Just Eat Cycles provides residents and visitors a unique and wonderful way of exploring the city on wheels without the upfront cost of buying a new bike.
Full details including bike collection points can be found on our Just Eat Cycles page.