FIELD GUIDE: Edinburgh

Ronde Bicycles Outfitters guides bicycle owners round their city

 

 

 

Filled with quirky nooks and cobbled streets, Edinburgh is a city of high culture, and is home to Condor's trusted Scottish based retailer, Ronde Bicycle Outfitters. Founded by Neil Dryden, the store—which was once an old butchers—celebrated its fifth birthday in 2016. They have established themselves as a premium cycle shop/event space/coffee spot. Ronde provide their field guide to the region and Scottish capital.

Where to drink in Edinburgh
The Last Word Saloon, Saint Stephens Street

"Good tunes, open fire and a considered selection of beers. Start with a killer cocktail and soak in the unassuming charm." 

44 St Stephen Street, EH3 5AL

 

6 Degrees North, Howe Street

There are a massive 40 taps (many of which are from our Belgian cousins) on the bar and the ever-changing line-up of Six Degrees North beers, plus numerous guest beers will keep any hop head happy. The decor is steel and Scandinavian.

24 Howe Street, EH3 6TG


The bar at the Last Saloon

 

Where to lunch in Edinburgh
Post Ride Coffee at Ronde

It goes without saying, the bike advice at Ronde is like their coffee, expertly served up.

Neil favours a cortado and slice of the home made caramel salted chocolate brownie. 

The perfect place to start of finish a ride. 
66-68 Hamilton Place, EH3 5AZ (open til 7pm on Thursdays)

Best bread and sandwiches at The Manna House

The basis of a good sandwich is exceptional bread. The team at the Manna House work through the night to bake the best bread.
Neil suggests the Innis & Gunn soughdough, which is also available as a loaf. 

22-34 Easter Road, EH7 5RG

Where to get sweet things
City ride to the Lawns at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art

Once you've grabbed your sandwich at The Manna House enjoy it on the landscaped lawns of The Modern Art Gallery.

Pedal up Regent Road, stop half way up the climb and take a look down into the leafy Regent Gardens and Calton Hill. Join the main road at the top and head famous shopping district of Princess Street. At the end turn right onto Queensferry St / Belford Road. You'll arrive at the stunning Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and its landscaped lawns. 

75 Belford Road, EH4 3DR

 

Where to go in Edinburgh

 

Cyclo-cross ride across Dalmeny Estate

The vast Dalmeny Estate lies eight miles north-west of Edinburgh city centre and is home to the gothic style mansion, Dalmeny House. A host of public paths run through the wooded estate and to the shoreline and Queensferry. It is the ideal place to explore on a cross or gravel style bike. Soak up spectacular views of the Firth of Forth estuary and bridge from the shore. 

The 45km ride begins and finishes at Ronde Bicycle Outfitters and uses bike paths to head out of the city. Join the A90 Queensferry Road momentarily before swinging off and entering the Dalmeny estate. Ronde's route continues to the Forth road bridge and west to Abercorn before using tracks and paths to return to the city.

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Picturesque climbs through Glentress Forest 

Avoid the crowds and head south of Edinburgh to Peebles. Cut around the peaks of Glentress Forest on rolling roads that are lined between wooded hills. The 110km ride is full of sights and natural beauty. There are two big climbs in the Moorfoot Hills to tackle but well worth the effort as the peak reveals uninterrupted vistas across Scotland's Southern Uplands.

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