A day for all cyclists – whether you’re after an easy dawdle through the countryside or a garden-to-garden sprint, the East Lothian Garden Trail suits all needs. Scotland’s Gardens open private gardens to raise money for charity. We open over 500 gardens and support around 200 different charities. The East Lothian Garden Trail lets you a buy a ticket which gives you access to 12 different gardens. East Lothian is a wonderful area for cycling, with quiet roads allowing for glorious vistas of the surrounding scenery.
From Green House, Eskhill, you barely need to get on your bike to get to the Musselburgh Allotments. There is parking in Musselburgh and Green House is 2 miles from Musselburgh train station. Back on your bike for a longer trek to Prestonhall Walled Gardens, last stop off at Frostineb before heading back to the Green House.
A level route from Fairnielaw House (with decent parking and 2.5 miles from Drem station) a stop off at Congalton House and finish up at Blackdykes before looping back to Fairnielaw. For those keen on a longer cycle, you could continue on from Fairnielaw to The Hopes.
Congalton House Shorter loop (not including The Hopes): 1hr 9 mins
Total miles: 13.9
Food on the move: Pop into Merryhatten Garden Centre café.
The run out and back from The Hopes is 2hr 8min return, 10.2 miles in total, with a climb of 751ft. It takes you under the A1 but there is a wonderful treat in the form of Lantern Rouge Café in Gifford.