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Edinburgh is one of the most jaw-dropping cities in all of Scotland, with its cobblestone roads, signature stone architecture, expansive lochs, beaches—you name it. The natural terrain to explore seems almost endless, and the pictures you’ll snap will be flawless (many guides will make sure there is plenty of time to stop and snap photos). This place fulfills all the dreams we have had of going to this historic, beautiful country.

While bus tours and other like options are certainly available, we can better preserve Edinburgh by opting for an emissions-free, sustainable bike excursion, and not every ride is strenuous. While better for the environment, this also means a more detailed, up-close adventure for travelers hoping to go more deeply below the surface. These bike tours in Edinburgh are not only sustainable but simply awesome. Exercise has never been so enjoyable.

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Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike
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Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

UNESCO World Heritage Site New Town, the serene port of Leith, Portabello Beach and scenic railway tunnels are amongst the route you’ll take, with other fitting natural sites adding appeal to the outdoor explorer in us all. Over three hours will allow cyclists to cover quite a bit of ground, so regardless of how many days you’re staying, you can leave satisfied with your site-seeing accomplishments. Accommodating all, an electric bike option is available.

The complete circular cycle tour of Edinburgh The complete circular cycle tour of Edinburgh
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The complete circular cycle tour of Edinburgh

The complete circular cycle tour of Edinburgh

Some want to break beyond big groups, for a more slow-paced, personalized ride—this is what this trek is all about. Before being whisked off the beaten path, to lesser-known locations, enjoy the ride through prominent villages and scenic landscape of Edinburgh. Castles, beaches, lush hills—guests are treated to “the works”. Expect to pedal 20 miles, at a relaxed pace, for a little over four hours.

Scottish Highland Bike Tour by Manual or E-bike Scottish Highland Bike Tour by Manual or E-bike
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Scottish Highland Bike Tour by Manual or E-bike

Scottish Highland Bike Tour by Manual or E-bike

Coast by Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park as you work your way to the breathtaking Highlands, with all the views of the heavenly, vibrant terrain. Cross aged stone bridges and drink in the surroundings of the old, out of commission railway, now serving as a bike route. Electric bikes are available on this excursion as well, whether pedaling manually is too extreme, or if you just want a chill day.

Cycle Tour of Edinburgh's Hidden Gems on Classic British Bikes Cycle Tour of Edinburgh's Hidden Gems on Classic British Bikes
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Cycle Tour of Edinburgh's Hidden Gems on Classic British Bikes

Cycle Tour of Edinburgh's Hidden Gems on Classic British Bikes

With the motto “Beautiful Cities deserve Beautiful Bikes”, travelers will get to ride on their very own British, hand made Pashley bike, which is just picture perfect all on its own, with its dramatically large wheels and artisan touches, from the seats to the handlebars. Pair it with the architectural back round of Edinburgh, and it’s a spectacular display of craftsmanship. Riding a bike through downtown is far more immersive than bus travel, as winding through tighter spaces is made possible. This is a relaxed vibe experience, and one of the best ways to see the town. And you’ll feel incredibly fashionable while doing so.

Ricky's Ultimate City Bike Tour Ricky's Ultimate City Bike Tour
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Ricky's Ultimate City Bike Tour

Ricky's Ultimate City Bike Tour

It doesn’t get more professional than embarking on a bike riding adventure with Ricky, who has mastered the art of providing a thorough, safe yet super fun cycling outing amongst Edinburgh. He’s a certified bike guide, he knows outdoor first aid, and he’s well versed in the best local sites. Traverse the base of a volcano, glide through local parks and relax in knowing that all the basics, from raincoats to helmets, are covered.

Private Highland Bike Tour by Manual or E-bike Private Highland Bike Tour - 1 to 8 persons by Manual or E-bike
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Private Highland Bike Tour - 1 to 8 persons by Manual or E-bike

Private Highland Bike Tour by Manual or E-bike

Want a tour exclusive to just you, your family and friends? Beyond a smaller tour, the option for a completely private adventure is available through this nature-focused day trip, through mountainous terrain, ancient forests and that really cool old railroad trail. Your guide is there to make sure you soak in everything in the stunning highland hills, from the animals to the overlooks. Transportation is included, but bring some extra cash for a delicious lunch.

Family-Friendly Cycle Tour to Edinburgh's Coast Family friendly cycle tour to Edinburgh's coast
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Family friendly cycle tour to Edinburgh's coast

Family-Friendly Cycle Tour to Edinburgh's Coast

Edinburgh is an enriching, fun place to bring the family, including little ones. This tour is designed with kids in mind, coming in at a doable 10 miles. Guides will tailor the ride to the physical ability and age of your little ones since there is a selection of specific bike paths along the various routes. The best part? Everyone gets ice cream on the beach after a job well done.

Bike, Beers and Brewery Tour Bike, beers and brewery tour
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Bike, beers and brewery tour

Bike, Beers and Brewery Tour

Beer and bikes—sounds dicey and exciting all at the same time. Add a fun edge to your bike tour of the area by sipping some local brews, which we should note, takes place after the cycling. Whew! Bellfield Brewery is a local favorite, that also serves up gluten-free options.

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