To get to Midlothian By Bicycle easier you can use on-line cycle route mapping tools such as or (look for the Route Finder); or “Cycle Only” option).

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Get here from Edinburgh

Direct Route
(8 miles, 13 km)

Using bus lanes, shared-use pavements and on-road cycle lanes: this route also follows the route of the Lothian Buses No 3 service. Leave the city centre on your bicycle via North Bridge, South Bridge, Nicholson Street, Clerk Street, Newington Road, Minto Street and Liberton Road (A701). Shortly after you pass a large Tesco supermarket, turn left on to Gilmerton Road (A772). Follow this road until the bridge over the A720 City Bypass (dual carriageway); at this point you are 6 miles (10km) from Edinburgh city centre. You are now in Midlothian, with the town of Dalkeith some 2 miles (3km) ahead.

Longer but more picturesque route (13 miles, 21km)

Using National Cycle Route 1 on bus lanes, traffic-free paths and quieter roads. With your bicycle, Follow Route 1 from Princes Street at its junction with The Mound (at the Scottish National Gallery) south through the Old Town and the university, turning east on to traffic-free paths and quiet roads through the outskirts of the city. At Musselburgh, follow the River Esk south (upstream) to Whitecraig village, then taking the signposted traffic-free route at the east end of the village. In 2 miles (3km), you enter Dalkeith and are now in Midlothian.

From the East

Follow National Cycle Route 78 (Berwick-upon-Tweed to Edinburgh). Shortly after Musselburgh, and just before Queen Margaret University and Musselburgh rail station, turn left on to National Cycle Route 1 and follow it to Whitecraig. Then follow ‘Longer but picturesque route’ above.

From the South

Follow National Cycle Route 1 (Innerleithen to Edinburgh) north from Innerleithen village. This route runs direct to Midlothian, using quiet roads and providing very fine views to the north. The Midlothian town of Dalkeith lies 25 miles north of Innerleithen. Please be aware that this route is through hilly moorland and, in poor weather, it can be exposed, and there are no facilities for most of its 25-mile length.

From the West

Follow National Cycle Route 78 (Stirling or the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh) towards Edinburgh. At Cramond Brig, on the west edge of the city, join National Cycle Route 1 and follow it into the city centre. Then follow route Direct Route or Longer but picturesque route above.

See for a downloadable map of cycle routes in Midlothian. A large-scale paper map, published by Spokes in 2015, is available at and at local bike shops.
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