Edinburgh has miles of hidden cycle and walking routes based on redundant 19th century railway lines. They are like ribbons of nature criss-crossing the city. Often they are hidden from view, the only clue being an old railway bridge – you often need to ask a local where they are, although the major routes are now signposted.
My favourite is the route from Scotland Street in the New Town to Newhaven and the Firth of Forth. There are a number of tunnels along the route as well as a former station, so you will be constantly reminded of the route’s original use as the key transport route to the coast. You will not see any cars on your journey towards the sea, just plenty of cyclists, walkers, and the resident wildlife.
A map has been produced by the Bike Station based on the design of the London Tube map. The Inner Tube shows the key routes which are cycle friendly and the stops along the way.