East Lothian is a wonderful county for cycling especially if youíre a bit of a novice or want to go out on a leisurely cycle with the family. Itís mainly flat and not too hilly for starters - which always helps - and the scenery is magnificent. Whether youíre along the coastal road with views across the Firth of Forth, where the road flows along the sea in and out of the pretty coastal villages or further inland where rolling countryside leads into the foothills of the Lammermuir hills.
East Lothian is compact too which makes it easier to visit many of the places of interest in one day. The cycle maps we have created will hopefully help to encourage you to visit East Lothian and you to see for yourself the beautiful countryside on a bike and visit the sites and attractions the county has to offer. A double bonus!
There are six maps in total, each one concentrating on a specific area of the county and each one depicting routes which pass through places of interest, attractions to visit, places to eat and shop. Routes 1 & 5 are designed for the average cyclist who may wish to come out for a wee jaunt through East Lothian with the family and take in an attraction or two whilst stopping for refreshments! Route 6 is longer and takes in the 3 main off-road paths linked by minor roads and parts of the John Muir Way. Each route comes with a downloadable route description, all routes are circular with opportunities to make shorter or longer if required and all go through places with food, drink and toilets. All routes can start and finish anywhere on the route, however for the purpose of each description routes begin in a town.
For those of you with more time, or interested in exploring more widely, a detailed cycle map of the whole of East Lothian is available from Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign. For details see: www.spokes.org.uk/wordpress/spokes-maps it is also now possible to cycle the long distance route The John Muir Way from Dunbar to Helensburgh, for more information please visit http://www.johnmuirway.org
In addition, Sustrans has signed 3 routes through East Lothian, these are NCN1, 76 and 196 and the North Sea Cycle Route now runs through East Lothian following NCN76. Further information can be found at: www.sustrans.org.uk and www.northsea-cycle.com
There are 3 cycle shops in East Lothian if you require any assistance whilst you are out and about. Bikes can also be hired from Law Cycles and Belhaven Bikes.
Ace Bikes, 101 North High Street, Musselburgh - Tel: 0131 665 4468 www.shopraleigh.co.uk
Belhaven Bikes, The Rigg Service Station, Belhaven Road, Dunbar - Tel: 01368 860300 www.belhavenbikes.co.uk
Law Cycles, 2 Law Road, North Berwick - Tel: 01620 890643 www.lawcycles.co.uk
Mike's Bikes, 3 High Street, Haddington - Tel: 01620 825931 www.mikesbikeseastlothian.co.uk
If you wish to have an organised cycle holiday, the following can arrange this for you.
Fat Bikes Tours, 2 Law Road, North Berwick - Tel: 01620 890643 or 07932 676841 www.fatbiketours.co.uk
Please note that, while the publishers take every care to be accurate, no liability or responsibility will be accepted in any circumstances whatsoever, should anyone experience any inaccuracies, loss, damage or injury. This information/maps should be used solely on this understanding.
Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Tranent, Cockenzie & Port Seton
Longniddry, Gullane, East Linton & North Berwick
Haddington, Longniddry, Pencaitland & Gifford
North Berwick, Dunbar, East Linton, Whitekirk & East Fortune
Dunbar, Stenton, Thorntonloch, Innerwick & Spott