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Six unique places to visit in Edinburgh with Just Eat Cyles
- Katharine Gemmell
- 29 August 2019
Get inspired to explore somewhere new in the city
Explore Edinburgh in all its glory with Just Eat Cycles. Situated at 65 different stations across the city, it's an affordable, fast, convenient and environmentally friendly way to travel around the city. The best thing about the bikes is that they aren't just parked next to the main attractions like Edinburgh Castle or the Royal Mile, they're also within touching distance of some hidden gems. To show how easy it is to find these, we've collated a list of six unique places you can visit with Just Eat Cycles. Be inspired to get up and go!
The Water of Leith Walkway
Running from the bottom of the Pentlands at Balerno to Leith Docks, the walkway alongside the Water of Leith is a haven for wildlife and peace. With lots of different route options available, you can visit the likes of Murrayfield Stadium, Dean Village and the Royal Botanic Garden along the way.
Stations: Victoria Quay, Constitution Street, Stockbridge, Murrayfield
As one of the city's seven major hills, Calton Hill offers beautiful views across the city as well as being home to an array of historic buildings including the National Monument, Nelson Monument and the City Observatory and City Dome, which now house the brand new Collective Gallery, a major hub for contemporary art.
Stations: Hillside Crescent
The National Museum of Scotland's Rooftop
Scotland's national museum hosts an array of collections and Scottish antiquities covering science, technology, natural history and world cultures. Aside from immersing yourself in all that the museum has to offer, there is also a little-known rooftop terrace that has panoramic views of Edinburgh.
Stations: Bristo Square
Perhaps not the most unique of attractions at first glance, but Edinburgh Zoo is distinctive as the home to the UK's only giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang. The pandas are due to be returned to China in 2021, after a 10-year agreement, leaving only a few years left to see them. Aside from the pandas, there are also over 170 other species to check out.
Stations: Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road
Just a few miles from the city centre lies the charming coastal suburb of Portobello, home to Edinburgh's only beach. Its golden sands are Seaside Award-winning and Portobello possesses the classic faded glamour you'd expect from a British seaside resort. If it's too cold to take a dip or sunbathe, grab a fish supper from St Andrews chippie on the High Street or try out your luck in the retro arcade.
The Royal Observatory Edinburgh is a historic site that houses the UK Astronomy Technology Centre and the Institute for Astronomy. Their work includes designing the telescopes of the future and discovering new innovations in this field. You can enjoy the visitor centre as individuals and groups for a range of public events, astronomy talks and doors open days. Booking is essential, drop-ins are not available.
Stations: Kings Building 1, 2, 3
A day pass costs £3 and allows unlimited journeys of up to 1 hour in a 24 hour period. Head to edinburghcyclehire.com to find a bike and learn more.