Come and enjoy cycling in Midlothian!
Right on Edinburgh’s doorstep, yet out in the fresh air, you can enjoy our heritage, history and scenery on quiet, safe and mostly traffic-free cycle paths. Built on former railway lines, they have good surfaces, gentle gradients and splendid views of the Pentland Hills, the River North Esk and the Moorfoot Hills. We pride ourselves on the food and drink we offer, and you will find cafes, restaurants, take-away shops and pubs along or near our cycle routes while cycling in Midlothian.
The North Esk Cycle Loop, is a 15-mile circular trail for experienced adult cyclists that includes Rosslyn Chapel, the giant Bilston Glen viaduct, the picnic site within the 19th century Rosslyn Castle Station, and the new Eskbank rail station, to and from which you can bring your bike by train.
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Families and less-experienced cyclists can enjoy safe, traffic-free cycling on the Dalkeith to Penicuik Cycleway (join it at Eskbank railway station, at Campend Road in Bonnyrigg, at Rosewell Car Park [at the junction of A6094 and B7003] and at Beeslack High School and Valleyfield Road in Penicuik). Also available, and now extending to Edinburgh, is the Roslin to Loanhead Cycleway (also known as the Rosslyn Chapel Way) which you can join at the car park in Station Road, Loanhead, and at the junction of Gilmerton Station Road and Gilmerton Road in Edinburgh.
For a list of cafes and restaurants, take-aways and pubs that welcome cyclists, and a list of attractions and bike shops, Click Here.
You can download a map of Midlothian cycle routes here
You can start or finish your cycle ride at the following railway stations in Midlothian: Gorebridge, Newtongrange, Eskbank and Shawfair. Trains on the Borders Railway carry bicycles free of charge although space may be limited at busy times.
Two well-signposted National Cycle Routes pass through Midlothian:
Route 1: Dover to Shetland, via Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Edinburgh and Aberdeen (known in the area as “Coast & Castles South” and also as
The North Sea Cycle Route – Eurovelo Route 12)
Route 196: Penicuik to Haddington, via Dalkeith and Pencaitland
For more information about cycling in Midlothian, please visit www.midlothian.gov.uk/cycling
Midlothian welcomes cyclists – and welcomes you.
If you have any cycling specific questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
North Esk Cycle Loop