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See.Sense Rides: Edinburgh to Haddington

by Jemma Nimick November 05, 2018

See.Sense Rides: Edinburgh to Haddington

Planning a cycle around Edinburgh? Need a route with a good coffee or lunch spot? Good - you’re in the right place! Our riding guide below outlines a potential ride for you to take from Edinburgh towards Haddington, with recommendations on where to stop along the way, all to make your cycle even better.

The Key Info

Distance = 46 miles

Average time = 4 hours straight cycling, 5+ hours for a couple of pit stops

Road Type = mainly flat with two hills after Dalkeith Country Park

In the mapped route above we’ve marked the address for the recommendations given below.

This round trip starts close to Edinburgh Castle and leads you out to Dalkeith Country Park and Peaston before you arrive at Haddington. From there it’s time to hit the beach as you make your way back to Edinburgh along the coast.

Start as you mean to go on...

Before you head off you’ll want to get some coffee in the body so we’ve started this route atFieldwork which is on the edge of Edinburgh’s financial district. Their speciality coffee will get you going in no time.

Heading out of the city…

A 45 minute ride will then take you toDalkeith Country Park - a Site of Special Scientific Interest no less - where there’s 2,000 acres to explore. Pass straight through, enjoy cycling around, or stop for a snack at the Restoration Yard Cafe.

Enjoy the view while cycling through Dalkeith Country Park.

On to Haddington...

The next leg is the longest of the journey, about an hour and a half, taking you via Peaston to Haddington. Awaiting you there isThe Waterside Bistro which sits on the bank of the River Tyne and has a menu to cater for all levels of hunger.

Bucket and spade time!

Once you’re done with lunch it’s time to hit the coast. Our route takes you towards Longniddry, and then Prestonpans and Musselburgh, before you reach Portobello Beach after an hour and 20 minutes of riding. If you’re looking for an afternoon coffee thenThe Skylark is an ideal spot. They also have a range of food options that includes both salads and bagels.

We can’t guarantee this weather at Portobello Beach, but it’s still a great place to stop at.

Are we there yet?

Once you’ve had enough of the beach it’s time to head home. A short 25 minute cycle will take you back to Edinburgh and theCumberland Bar. Their beer garden and open fire will keep you warm whatever time of year so it’s the perfect place to finish the route.

So there you have it... A day spent on the bike exploring some of the delights of Edinburgh.

Looking for a riding guide for a different city? Or a different route in one of the cities we’ve already featured? Take a look at our other guides here or, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, drop us an email on with your recommendations and we’ll get writing!

Jemma Nimick


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