The Edinburgh Lochs and Castles Bike Tour

Day 3

Jet leg has finally caught up to me but I’m not going to let that stop my from enjoying a day of cool 12 degree Celsius air and multiple cycling adventures. The day started with a bright and crisp morning bike and complementary breakfast at city chambers. This breakfast was hosted by Spokes and was part of this years Edinburgh Festival of Cycling.

I met up with a few cyclists in the area and together we made the trip to the event. Minus my constant desire to drive on the right hand side of the road, we made it to the event in one piece. Breakfast was a typical English breakfast of sausage and gravy on a bun with tea. Thankfully the coordinators had vegan sausages! Not the most nutritious breakfast but still memorable and tasty. I got a chance to meet some really nice locals and will hopefully get together with a few of them over drinks and a cycle in the next few weeks.

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My day was spent looking up walking tours that I could take during my stay here and came across a fantastic company called Walkabout Scotland! I’m planning on doing a two day tour to Ben Nevis and a half day tour to Ben A’an.

This evening I went on a three hour bike trip of The Edinburgh Lochs and Castles with Le Tour- Edinburgh. Before getting there I had to navigate my first traffic circle in the UK on a bike…. All I kept saying to myself was “Keep Left, Keep Left” and had my left hand out with my fingers making an “L” shape just to make sure I was on the right side of the road, which of course here is the Left, haha.

The tour was magnificent. There were five of us girls ( Rebecca, Jenni, Fay and Denna ) and our host Paul. Everyone on the tour were locals so I got a good chance to chat with people who actually live here 🙂 We spent 3 hours touring areas like Innocent Tunnel, Duddingston Village and Loch, Craigmillar Castle, Holyrood Park, The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish Parliament, Dr. Neil’s Garden (absolutely gorgeous) and a small pub for a quick drink called The Sheep Heid Inn.

The girls introduced me to a lovely new drink called Appletiser, it’s slightly sweet and carbonated, my favorite! What I liked most about the trip was it being held in the evening. It was the perfect temperature and towards dusk you got a great view of the sunset on Edinburgh castle. That and the lovely company.

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6 thoughts on “The Edinburgh Lochs and Castles Bike Tour

  1. Thanks Laura for saying such great things about the tour, your photos are much better than mine. I might ask to borrow them if I may. Is it OK if I share this on Twitter, Facebook and on my blog?

    Regards

    Paul (Le Tour – Edinburgh)

  2. Hi Laura, finally got around to putting your photo on my website, tried to attach your link but could not get it to work. I think it is a problem of computer illiteracy, will try again in the near future. it is a good photo of a great night. Thanks

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