East Lothian is a wonderful county for cycling especially if you’re a bit of a novice or want to go out on a leisurely cycle with the family.
Only a short distance from Scotland's capital Edinburgh, East Lothian provides the right ingredients for bikepacking adventures for all ages. At 39 miles (63km) the Go East Lothian Trail is perfect for families, microadventures or a long day ride. The route, designed by round the world cyclist Markus Stitz, features quiet roads, gravel tracks, singletrack, walking and cycle paths. It is suitable for gravel, mountain and e-mountain bikes, and can be ridden in all seasons. The Go East Lothian Trail offers plenty of excuses to stop and explore, from the stunning beaches at Seacliff, Tyninghame, Belhaven and Yellowcraig to John Muir's birthplace, Archerfield Walled Garden, Smeaton Nursery, East Links Family Park, the Scottish Seabird Centre and the magnificent Preston Mill. The route incorporates sections of the well-known John Muir Way. And as you are never far away from one of the great restaurants, cafes and shops East Lothian has to offer, you should factor in enough time to explore.
The Go East Lothian Trail starts and finishes at the harbour in North Berwick and is well-served by public transport. Scotrail operates frequent train services between Edinburgh and North Berwick, and trains also regularly stop in Dunbar on the East Coast line between Edinburgh and London. There are bike shops in North Berwick and Dunbar, and bikes can be hired from Belhaven Bikes in Dunbar and The Bike Hub at Archerfield. Car parking is available in North Berwick and villages and towns along the route. For more detailed information about the route and to download the GPX file for free, visit: bikepackingscotland.com/eastlothian. Click on the video below to take at look at this amazing route.
East Lothian is mainly flat and not too hilly for starters – which always helps – and the scenery is magnificent. If you are looking for more of a challenge, then follow the roads further inland where rolling countryside leads into the foothills of the Lammermuirs with wonderful views across the whole county.
East Lothian is compact too which makes it easier to visit many of the places of interest in one day. With many quiet country lanes to explore, you can see for yourself the beautiful countryside on a bike and visit the sites and attractions the county has to offer.
If off-road cycling is your thing, there are loads of great cycle trails to test your skills with many exhilarating routes through the countryside.