East Lothian by Bike

For many local short journeys, cycling can be the best way to get around. For most people it takes around 15 minutes to cycle 2 miles.

East Lothian is a wonderful county for cycling especially if you’re a bit of a novice or want to go out on a leisurely cycle with the family. The coastal road has views across the Firth of Forth, where the road flows along the sea and through the pretty villages, and further inland, rolling countryside leads into the foothills of the Lammermuir hills.

East Lothian is compact too which makes it easier to visit many of the places of interest in one day. The cycle maps we have created will hopefully help to encourage you to visit East Lothian and you to see for yourself the beautiful countryside on a bike and visit the sites and attractions the county has to offer.


Electric bike hire scheme

Now you can hire an e-bike from three different locations in East Lothian and explore your local area without breaking a sweat! 

The Bewegen e-bike scheme offers access to over 20 e-bikes across three stations in Musselburgh and Cockenzie. Locations of the e-bike hire stations can be found in this map.

Customers can register for a monthly or annual membership, or can pay per ride. For more information about the scheme, pricing and a station map, please visit https://goebike.uk/. You will also find information about how to register and use the e-bikes on the stations.

Additionally, members can also use the e-bikes located in Dalkeith, Stirling and Falkirk.

Report a damaged e-bike

Should you identify a hire e-bike which seems to have been stolen or that is damaged or broken, please call 0800 3688093 to report it.


Journey Planning

The Let’s Get Active leaflets give details on the national cycle network and local core paths around East Lothian’s towns:

Amd if you want to go further, these maps have downloadable route descriptions:

The Cycle Streets website has a cycle journey planner where you can choose the route that suits you best, be that scenic or direct.


East Lothian Cycle Forum

East Lothian Cycle Forum is a non-statutory group that includes members of the public, representatives of local and national cycle organisations and other interested parties, and is chaired by a locally elected councillor. The Forum, managed by ELC officers, meets three times a year to discuss cycling issues and related matters.

To get involved email roadservices@eastlothian.gov.uk

View notes from past Cycle Forum meetings