Edinburgh Marathon Route Map

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Route Description

Starting on Potterow with the picturesque backdrop of The University of Edinburgh’s Mcewan Hall, this incredible city centre route brings you past all the iconic sights of the city.

Turning the first corner you will shortly make your way past Greyfriars Kirkyard, home to the city's Scoty dog statue of the infamous Greyfriars Bobby.

Continuing on into the city's old town you will cross over the Royal Mile, with St Giles cathedral to your right and the momentous Edinburgh Castle to your left, before heading down the Mound into New town.

You will now run through the beautiful Princes Street Gardens where you will see the Scott Monument- a feature dedicated to Sir Walter Scott built in 1840.

The route then turns back up to the historic Royal Mile, heading past the breathtaking architecture of the Scottish Parliament building. From here you can look up and take in the spectacular Arthurs Seat & Salisbury Crags, as well as the Palace of Holyrood, before departing the Royal Park and heading east towards the coast, taking in all the sights of the city’s seaside hotspot Portobello promenade..

As you reach Musselburgh, you’ll run past the oldest golf course in the world, where it’s documented that golf has been played as early as 1672, before heading further East on the flat to Gosford House, an imposing neo-classical mansion which was one of the last great architectural commissions of the celebrated Scots architect, Robert Adam.

As you turn and head back along the coast, you’ll see the beautiful finish line ahead, one of the greatest sights for any marathon runner!

With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, this flat course is up there with one of the fastest marathon routes!