Carbon Neutral Activities & Wellbeing in our Cities – Edinburgh Jogging


With steep hills, ancient stonework and winding streets, Scotland’s capital city may not strike you as a jogging hotspot but, if you know where to look, there are plenty of tracks to suit runners of any skill level – here are a few to consider.

Arthur’s Seat Circuit (4.7 miles)

If you’re looking to work up a sweat and get a snapshot of the city all in one go, try the Arthur’s Seat Circuit – close to 5 miles of mountain and metropolis that will see you through Holyrood Park and Edinburgh University as well as the peak of the hill itself, where you can gaze out across the city and the ocean beyond.

Water of Leith Odyssey (28 miles)

So named for its range and grandeur, the Water of Leith route is a canal-based path stretching between Leith (located 2-miles north of Edinburgh) and Balerno, a village further afield (8-miles from the city). With a combination of paved/gravel road and a straightforward water-adjacent circuit, you’ll find it easy to stay on track and you won’t be starved of scenery either, with key areas like Colinton Village, Union Canal, Dean Village and more to explore on your way. 

This is a route for the most ardent joggers only, so be certain of your stamina before you take off. Fortunately, you’ll be passing through the city itself so, if you run out of juice before the end, there’s easy access to transport (and plenty of pubs to rest your laurels).

When it comes to sustainability, Edinburgh is comfortably placed amongst the UK’s most advanced cities, due to its pristine air quality, low environmental exposure and emphasis on outdoor parks (almost half of its land mass is comprised of green space). For guests of ByMansley, this presents an opportunity to tie up the laces, hit the trail and enjoy glorious city views without pollution.

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