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Sky to Sea Bicycle Tour (Easy/Medium - Edinburgh - Half Day)

Sky to Sea Bike Tour - Water of Leith
Sky to Sea Bike Tour - Water of Leith
Sky to Sea Bike Tour - Water of Leith

You don’t have to travel far from Edinburgh to experience a typical Scottish rural landscape. Our Sky to Sea bike tour starts to the South of Edinburgh, high up at the foot of the picturesque Pentland Hills. Following the course of the city’s river, ‘The Water of Leith’, our route meanders across Edinburgh using subterranean ancient transport links, which once threaded their way across this industrious city, eventually arriving at what was once Scotland’s busiest port, The Port of Leith.

Sky to Sea

“Absolutely the best experience in Edinburgh” Kapodistriou - Greece

Sky to Sea Guided Tour Prices:

Hybrid Bike - £40 per person

Road Bike – N/A

Electric Bike - £50 per person

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) - £35 per person

Sky to Sea guided bike tour includes guide, bike hire and transport from accommodation to start of tour. Please note: The final destination of your tour will be the choice of either Leith or the City Centre. You can decide which on the day of your tour. We are unable to provide return travel from here to accommodation. *All prices are inclusive of VAT - please see full Terms and Conditions

Route Details:

When to go:

Tours run throughout year.


Mixed - Quiet roads and shared cycle paths. Mainly downhill or flat, apart from several short climbs towards in last 500 metres of tour.


12 miles (19 kilometres) to Britannia, 15 miles (24 kilometres) including cycle back to city centre.


Approximately 4 hours including transport to start of tour


For leisure cyclists with basic to moderate level of fitness, as generally downhill all the way. Electric pedal assist bikes are available for a less strenuous and more relaxed experience. We have a minimum age policy of 12 years old for manual bikes and 16 years old for Electric bicycles.


Pentland Hills with views of Edinburgh, Colinton Dell, Union Canal, Water of Leith Cycle Way, Dean Village, Shore of Leith, Royal Yacht Britannia, New Town.


08:30* - Pick up from accommodation in Edinburgh, drive to Pentland Hills, safety briefing and bike set up.
09:30 to 12:00 - Cycle Sky to Sea Tour - Option to finish tour at Royal Yacht Britannia
12:00 to 12:30 - Cycle to City Centre - Alternative finishing point of tour (New Town, close to Waverly Train Station)

* Alternative starting times can often be arranged on request..

Route Description:

Our tour begins in the foothills of the Pentland Hills with a panoramic view of Edinburgh, before joining the ancient routes of the Caledonian Railway, Union Canal and Water of Leith, These transport routes, which were once used to carry goods from the 90 or so mills situated along the city’s main river and to haul coal from further afield, conveniently pass through much of Edinburgh’s wilder green space and a string of quaint villages such as Colinton, Dean and Stockbridge.

The Sky to Sea tour also visits the Port of Leith, a vibrant and historic ancient harbour with plenty of exciting waterside bars, restaurants and cafes, as well as being a home for our Queen’s favourite ship the Royal Yacht Britannia. Here you will have the option to stay and explore Leith or return by bicycle to the city centre via the New Town..

Enquiries and Booking:

Booking is easy - Please phone 0044(0)7973940924 or submit an enquiry form, stating the tour you’re interested in, how many people (with your individuals heights if possible), date of your tour, and type of bike you require. We will normally respond to your enquiry within 24 hours.

All tours run daily, 7 days a week, throughout the year. Places are subject to availability. We accept most major credit and debit cards.

Card payments for our bike tours and hire can be made securely here...