At Portovelo, we strive for maximum variety on our Sunday rides. Inevitably, though, there are only so many directions to go in from Portobello, so most of our rides are variations on a theme. This page gives typical examples of our rides, and also features a selection of our favourite cafes. They are arranged in order from east to west. In practice, routes can be done in either direction (clockwise or anti-clockwise) and with many minor variations.
North Berwick and East Linton (51 miles)
A mostly flat route in East Lothian, mixing inland minor roads with the scenic coast road through Aberlady and Prestonpans, and passing three castles (Dirleton, Tantallon and Hailes).
A skinny loop through East Lothian, mostly flat and on minor roads, taking in Pencaitland, Gifford, Stenton, East Linton and Athelstaneford.
A tough climb from either side, this route takes you up onto the moorland of the Lammermuir Hills.
Cafe stop: Lanterne Rouge, Gifford.
A lovely ride across the moor, with a steep climb at the Stow end, connects the A7 and A68 radiating south from the city.
A shorter route, featuring another attractive linking road between the A7 and A68.
The Granites climbs steadily from near Middleton into the Moorfoot Hills; at the other end is an even longer steady climb from Innerleithen. The other leg of this route is the old coach road that runs parallel to the A7 south of Heriot.
A scenic loop round Cademuir Hill at the far end, with the inward and outward legs going through the Leadburn junction.
A longer route, taking in the Dreva climb and the Meldons.
The Lang Whang on one side, the Broughton road on the other, and minor roads by Dunsyre to connect them.
Quite a bit of suburban cycling at either end, but worth it for the West Lothian scenery and some challenging wee hills!
The Two Bridges – a classic ride crossing the Forth twice, once on the road bridge at Queensferry, the other further west on the Kincardine Bridge (or the newer Clackmannanshire Bridge); also taking in Grangemouth and Culross.
Talla – epic scenery and a genuinely tough climb on the minor road from Tweedsmuir and St Mary’s Loch, past Talla and Meggett reservoirs.
Duns – if Redstone Rig isn’t hard enough, carry on through Longformacus to Duns, then back past Whiteadder reservoir.