Running Routes

As part of Scottish Running Week 2024 we asked members of the University community to share their favourite 5km running route.

Edinburgh Cycle Path Trinity – Cannonmills route

Map of running route

Name: Catherine Eastwood, Deputy Head of School (Operations) Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Why the route is a favourite: “Living right next to the cycle path means this is a great 5km off road loop in the city centre. Lined with lively trees that are home to many squirrels and birds. Other wildlife on the path includes foxes and the occasional duck. Running helps me wind down from busy days and gives me the space to think. Be it about something going on at work or about my grocery

Tynecastle along the cycle path to Craigleith, then through Blackhall and up to Corstorphine Hill for a stop at the Rest and Be Thankful.

run map route

Name: Neil Rankin, Sports Coordinator - Volunteering and Participation, Sports Union

Why the route is a favourite: “I really enjoy this route as you get to utilise the cycle path then finish with a spectacular view over Edinburgh. The cycle path is a unique asset to the city for people to commute to work or just get some exercise. What was once a busy train line connecting the breweries of old Edinburgh to the Port of Leith is now a bustling active travel network. This allows walkers, runners and cyclists to traverse the city through a network of safe, and relatively flat, routes, without having to dodge cars, buses and trams along the way. Heading up to Corstorphine Hill offers fantastic views across the city and even gives you a peek into the zoo.”

Sights of Edinburgh

Run route map

Name: Chiara Franzosi, HR Administrative Assistant & Learn to Run Expert, Sport and Exercise

Why the route is a favourite: This route is perfect for visiting (on foot!) some of the most famous scenic spots in Edinburgh. Starting at the Pleasance Gym, head up towards Edinburgh Castle, then follow the famous the Patrick Geddes Steps down towards the Grassmarket and up then the Vennel Steps, taking in the famous Vennel Viewpoint of the Castle. From the viewpoint head towards The Meadows, then east along St Leonards Bank towards a spectacular viewpoint of Arthurs seat. We (Active Lives) use this route for some of our social runs, as you’ll see in the pictures!

I love running because it helps me find my freedom, explore new places, get some beautiful sights and fresh air in!

Polkemmet Country Park

run map route

Name: Craig Bolan, Performance Sport Coordinator, Sport and Exercise

Why the route is a favourite: It’s a nice local route for me where I can run through the park and along the river. It’s a little undulating but no major climbs and there are a number of different routes you can take in the park so it offers lots of variety.

King’s Buildings Campus – Blackford Hill Circular

run map route

Name: Zena Younes, Phd Student, School of Geo Sciences

Why the route is a favourite: A stunning circular 5km loop from King’s Buildings Campus passing Blackford pond through the wooded paths surrounding Blackford hill. Running is my way of disconnecting from the modern world full of constant stress and screen time. Being out in nature and tuning out is all the motivation I need!

The Water of Leith

Image of Strava trail running route along dean village and the water of Leith

Name: Lucy Evans, Deputy Secretary Students

Why the route is a favourite: I love to run all over Edinburgh and have found it a great way to explore the city, experience its variety of weathers and to get to know all the different neighbourhoods and natural beauty we are spoilt with. One of my many favourite routes is the Water of Leith which stretches from Leith to/and from Balerno, with a myriad of different views and terrain, including Dean Village and Statue of Hygieia, the Greek and Roman goddess of health in St. Bernard's Well. I find running a fantastic way to support my wellbeing, to be outside, be active and feel part of the Edinburgh community.

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