Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock. It has been the setting for many events which have shaped Scotland’s history. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been and inspired by it.
Facilities for Car-Free Visitors
Cafe and restaurant within the Castle.
Nearest Railway Station
Arriving by Foot
A very short – but rather uphill – route.
Arriving by Bike
A very short but steeply uphill route. Cycle lane provided on Market Street, and advanced stop line provided at junction with The Mound. Remainder of route brief but steeply uphill & cobbled. Only the most fit & committed of cyclists would want to cycle this section. Probably also not suitable for cycling in summer months due to conflict with pedestrian (tourist) flows. Best to get off and push!
Nearest cycle parking
Absolutely no cycle parking provided anywhere near Castlehill: a very poor situation which has been the source of complaint for many years. The Castle’s website suggests “racks located within walking distance of the castle at Victoria Street, Waverley Station or Chambers Street”, none of which are close to the Castle. We have observed bikes fixed to the railings outside The Hub, but we would suggest asking the owners before doing this.
Cycle carriage on trains
Edinburgh Waverley is served by local, regional, and intercity ScotRail trains which usually have four cycle spaces. Some electric trains have no or only two spaces but allow cycles to be stored in the doorways (on the right side of the train). Bicycles do not require reservations on ScotRail services to Waverley except for trains from Inverness and Aberdeen. Bicycle reservations for these services can be made by contacting ScotRail telesales on 0330 303 0111 or visiting a station ticket office. Full details are contained in the ScotRail Connections Guide.
Waverley is also served by long-distance trains operated by CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast, and Virgin Trains West Coast. These operators carry between two and six bicycles and require a reservation, which can be made by contacting the train company or visiting a ticket office.
Nearby Cycle Routes
The Mound and George IV Bridge sit on National Cycle Route 1.
Arriving by Bus
No bus necessary as the Castle is only ten minutes walk from station. However, George IV Bridge is served by the following services, and Princes Street is served by most of Edinburgh’s bus services.
Lothian Buses: 23, 27, 41, 42, 67
Directions to the Bus Stop
Buses leave from Hanover Street near its junction with Princes Street. Leave Waverley Station by the North Ramp and proceed westwards along Princes Street for one block then turn right on to Hanover Street.