Coast 2 Coast day 3. 

The previous two days had been really good weather just great for biking in today was rather colder and duller almost everyone had at least one extra layer on.

As no one fancied the Travellodge’s version of a continental breakfast we headed into Musselburgh and the Burgh Cafe.  All weekend I had been amazed at the amount of food this crew could down but they surpass themselves at breakfast with quite a few opting for a full Scottish I just can’t eat that much then jump on a bike!

After leaving Musselburgh we headed along Portobello Prom to be confronted with three police vehicles and a Bomb disposal van suffice to say the full Scottish delayed no one as we zipped Doon Porty Prom as fast as our wheels and good manners would permit.  

Leaving Porty behind us we travelled through Leith and onto some of the Capital’s excellent cycle paths unfortunately they were full of kilted walkers doing the Kilt Walk and as we were headed in the same direction that meant we were constantly bell ringing or in some cases whistling to let people know we were approaching.   However a few “want to hire a tandem” or “anyone needing a backy” cheered the walkers up.  As you could imagine we got fairly well spaced out and the front group missed a crucial turning which meant we had to do a U turn and go back through the walkers.  We soon got on the right path and headed out to Dalmeny and South Queensferry.  South Queensferry is the traditional wheel dipping stop and the end of the C2C but as Dalgety Bay is the home of the group we headed across the bridge and onwards to Dalgety Bay for lunch and the wheel dipping ceremony.

Stats distance 27 miles with 1132 feet of climb in 2:38:11 an AV spd of 10.4 mph.

The trip from Annan to South Queensferry will be on Scottish Bike Tourings rides list for 2017.


Author: Jim Taylor

I am a 60 year old Scottish cyclist. I run, bike, walk and do the odd race. I have taken outdoor qualifications and coach others. I am the owner of and guide for Scottish bike touring.

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