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Discover Edinburgh's festivals with Just Eat Cycles
- Katharine Gemmell
- 5 July 2019
This article is from 2019
With bikes all over the city, it's never been easier to get around in August
During Edinburgh's festivals, the population swells and things can get rather busy. But with Edinburgh's Just Eat Cycles, you can get around the city in an affordable, fast, convenient and environmentally friendly way. 'But I'm not a cyclist!', we hear you cry. Aha, it doesn't matter! You don't have to know the Tour de France from the Giro d'Italia to use them, because Edinburgh and everything it has to offer by bike has never been as accessible. To show you how great the bikes are we've created a festival cycle diary, which maps out an ideal day using Just Eat Cycles to get around. Go on, make the everyday more fun!
Start off your day with a touch of tranquillity in Leith where you can take in the beautiful shore. Grab some brunch at a local eatery then get your day of cycling started. Head up the scenic Water of Leith and into the centre of Edinburgh.
Once you get into the city centre, it's time for your first show of the day! Head to one of the Stand Comedy Club venues near York Place and catch a lunchtime show for some serious laughs.
While you're in the centre of Edinburgh do a spot of sight-seeing at one of the city's most popular attractions. See a work of art at the Scottish National Gallery, be wowed by illusions in the Camera Obscura or catch a glimpse of historic Edinburgh at Real Mary King's Close.
Time to get back to festival activities by getting on your bike and heading down to the Cowgate. Check out the Underbelly or Laughing Horse venues for a range of theatre, comedy and more. Next, it's time to head up the Royal Mile to watch the world-famous street performances.
If you've got another show in you then the Edinburgh University campus is your next destination. Gilded Balloon, Pleasance, Assembly and Underbelly all set up a home here in August. If you'd rather soak up the atmosphere, grab some street food and chill at George Square Gardens.
Finally, finish up your day at the festival by seeing Edinburgh Castle in all its glory at the internationally renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The performances and fireworks will knock your socks off.
If your bed's not calling yet, park up your bike and head to some of Edinburgh's bars and late night shows!
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.