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Marchmont Loop via Tranent and Pencaitland Cycle Route

Scotland > Edinburgh City > Edinburgh
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameMarchmont Loop via Tranent and Pencaitland
Distance : miles (km)34.32  (55.23)
Posted ByIainiain
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionEdinburgh City
Start LocationBeaufort Rd, Marchmont
End LocationBeaufort Rd, Marchmont
Cycle Steps
A loop out of Edinburgh to the coast and back, mainly on fairly open roads, with some nice views.
Sometimes better done in reverse (ie via Seton Sands/Longniddry) in that wind can be fierce in face when cycling from Longniddry via Prestonpans etc.

If done that way, though, the route from Longniddry to Pencaitland has some long uphills that could be tiring: same hills are fun to zip in down the "standard" direction, from Pencaitland to Longniddry

A few nippy little hills through the park at the end of the run, too, but they're not big so they're bearable.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
There's a bike shop in Musselburgh (closed Weds and 1-2pm every day) as well as The Bicycle Works on Argyle Place (ie very near to start/finish of loop)

Seton Sands Caravan Park has, I'm told, a very good chip shop! Also, it's a nice place to stop for a wee rest and a look at the sea-views. There's a handy bin there, too, for energy gel wrappers etc.

Your comments?
posted by:allyfindlay88Rating : difficult :
I work in Ormiston so this could be a useful cycle for me if i decide to cycle to work. Are the use of the cycle paths between Musselburgh and Ormiston used on this or is it all via the road?

posted by:IainiainRating : difficult :

I just do it all on the roads but that's not to say that cycle paths aren't available, just that I neither use them nor actually know where to find them!

posted by:chris.dRating : difficult :
Just completed this route anti-clockwise. Was a great day and the route gives some fantastic views out across the forth, unfortunately on the return along the coast the wind was against me and so the home stretch was hard work!

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