South Queensferry affords you superb views of all three of Scotland's famous Forth bridges; be sure to get out at sunset (or dawn if you’re keen) to capture them at their best.
From South Queensferry you start to enter the outskirts of the capital city, passing through the coastal Dalmeny estate. If you've time, why not visit the largest Napoleonic collection outside France in Dalmeny House before turning inland at Cramond to take on the capital and all of its delights?
The first few miles of this section follow gently undulating estate road through woodland fringing the Firth of Forth. At Dalmeny the route splits briefly, with the walking route continuing along the coast on rougher hillier paths and the alternative cycling route providing a smoother ride. Approaching the city, you will follow quiet roads and good quality tracks. The undulating route through the city winds variously along pavement and shared cycle paths, the Union Canal towpath and Water of Leith Walkway. There is also a climb up Corstorphine Hill, which can be avoided using the waymarked cycle alternative.
At Dalmeny Estate, narrow gaps in fences at either end limit accessibility. The sections between Cramond and Corstorphine Hill, along the Water of Leith, Union Canal and through the Meadows are fully accessible. The path over Corstorphine Hill and the steep steps up onto the canal at Slateford are only accessible on foot but the waymarked cycling route provides more level, accessible options.
For detailed information about potential access restrictions along this section, see the Accessibility Storymap.
By car: in South Queensferry parking is available along the front towards the Forth (Rail) Bridge. Parking in Edinburgh is plentiful but can be expensive.
Points of interest
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe. Set in the heart of Scotland's capital city it is sure to capture your imagination. The scenery will take your breath away.Visit Website
If you’re feeling adventurous, a short walk along the causeway from Cramond village will take you to this tidal island. Used as a defensive site for centuries, there are WWII military barracks and evidence of a Roman fort on the island. Be aware of tide tVisit Website
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