Edinburgh to Forth Road Bridge

Edinburgh to North Queensferry via Forth Road Bridge.

Approx 12 miles one way.

One of those rides that you can look back on and say ‘I did The Forth Bridge’ well worth doing.The cycle ride takes you through suburb streets of Edinburgh out into the countryside and across the famous bridge,. Route can be a bit hilly in places.
From The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh the start point I used was from the circular parking area on Arboretum Place outside The Royal Botanic Gardens.

Looking out from the gates of The Botanical Gardens ride straight across the circular parking area along Carrington Road passing the grassed areas on both sides of the road.
After about 800 yards you will come to the third junction on Carrington Road which is with Crewe Road. Turn right along Crewe Road. After approx 500 yards you will come to a roundabout, at the roundabout take the second turning, Ferry Road (B9085).
Follow Ferry Road for about three quarters of a mile where you will reach Davidsons Main. Here the road will split, keep to the left and Ferry Road will change its name to Main Street (still B9085).

Cycle along Main Street and after about 400 yards Main Street (B9085) bears sharp left.
At this point you will see a road opposite you at the bend called Barton Gardens. Go along Barton Gardens which in turn changes to Barton Ave.
Cycle along Barton Ave past The Royal High School on your left and you will be cycling along a tree line road leaving the suburbs of Edinburgh behind you.
As you cycle along for about one and a quarter miles you will pass through Bruntsfield golf course.
As Barton Ave sweeps around the end of the golf course you will come to a ‘T’ junction.
At this junction left then immediatley right onto Brae Park Road. Cycle along Brae Park Road for about one mile and you will reach the bridge at Crammond Brig. Cross the bridgeover the River Almond.
At Crammond Brig you will cross the toll bridge and as the road bears to the left you will come to a junction with the A90 – Queensferry Road. At this junction you should turn right in the direction of Dalmeny and Queensferry. Cycle along the A90 for just 200 yards then turn left into a tree lined lane.
Follow this lane to the end, just a few hundred yards then turn right at the end of the lane.
Cycle to the end of this lane past Craigiehall and after a few hundred yards at the end of the lane turn left. You are cycling in an agricultural area and after about 500 yards take the first turning on your right, follow this lane to the end , about three quarters of a mile.

At the end of the lane you will reach a ‘T’ junction with the B924. Turn left onto the B924.
Follow this road and after a couple of miles you will reach the water front at South Queensferry. When you are cycling along the waterfront you will see The Historic Forth Railway Bridge, opened in approx1890. This was the world’s first steel bridge, and The Forth Road Bridge, which was opened in 1964, replacing the old ferry crossings which where used up to then.
Carry on cycling along this road until you reach the Forth Road Bridge and then take the turning to take you onto the bridge.
When you are on the bridge there are dedicated cycle paths on both sides of the road enabling you to cycle freely and stop safely where ever you wish. On reaching the opposite side of the bridge you reach North Queensferry where you find a variety of places for refreshments and even a Sea World if you like visiting marine life. Apparently Queensferry is so named because it is said that Queen Margaret crossed the river on the ferry from herein the 11th century.

The route takes you through suburbs and then out into the countryside before you return to cycling in a built up area when nearing the bridge. The ride in on tarmac roads/lanes and can be a little hilly in places, but nothing too difficult.
Cycle hire is available from Leith Cycles, Leith Walk, Edinburgh. Check locally for other cycle hire specialists.

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