addalert addcircleoutline addlocation add arrow-down-left arrow-down-right arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up-right arrow-up ascent assessment bin bookmarkoutline calendar-add calendar camera caret-down caret-left caret-right caret-up check chevron-down chevron-right clock close cloud-upload cog collectionsbookmark content-view-grid content-view-list datacheckerflag1 datadownload data-upload descent directions expandhorizontal expand-horizontal-2 expand-horizontal expand-vertical eye-off eye fileadd1 filecopy filenew2 filestatisticadd2 filetaskssubtract file-images-upload fullscreenexit gauge groupadd heart home infooutline info link list-number location-pin lock logout map mobile morevertical mylocation navigateprevious navigation-drawer nearme noteadd pen pencil-write pencil personoutline pindrop place playcirclefilled playlistaddcheck power-button publish refresh remove return routes-favourites scissors search share starhalf staroutline star supervisoraccount synchronize2 text-redo time-upload timeline timer track-route trendingflat trendingup user-add users visibility vote-star-banner warning zoomin badge1 medal3 medal5 starbanner starcircle starsubtract

Edinburgh (East route) to Rosslyn Chapel

16 km Distance
200 m Ascent
300 m Descent

(1 rating)

An easy, short, off the beaten track route which starts at the top of Leith Walk in the centre of Edinburgh with a short climb up Arthur’s Seat for a magnificent view of Holyrood Palace, the Scottish parliament, and Edinburgh Castle and then over the Firth of Forth to Fife and a horizon of extinct volcanoes. The Way then progresses mainly along surfaced former railway tracks quiet roads and forest paths to the famous Rosslyn Chapel, near Roslin south of Edinburgh. Treats along the way include Craigmillar Castle which once provided shelter for Mary, Queen of Scots, the magical Ellen’s Glen and the site of “Scotland’s Forgotten Battle” of Roslin in 1303.

Then you have the choice back into Edinburgh of an easy bus journey or taking the westerly 26 km ROSLIN VILLAGE TO EDINBURGH through the Pentland Hills and along canal paths.

Pubs and shops along the way.


Part of The Way of St Andrews-For detailed description and  other routes see


Bikemap Newsletter