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Edinburgh Marathon Festival Running Tour

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Jog around Edinburgh and see more of the city than you would walking on this running tour. Climb Calton Hill for panoramic views, and jog through the Old and New Town, stopping at famous and unexpected sights to discover their history. Your run covers about 4.3 miles (7 kilometers), with the pace set by your small group of 15 or fewer. Souvenirs of a running T-shirt, Edinburgh poster, and other extras are included.
  • Running tour in Edinburgh with a jog leader
  • Jog up Calton Hill and enjoy panoramic views over the Scottish capital
  • Run through the elegant streets of Edinburgh New Town and Old Town
  • Stop to admire and learn about famous sights like Edinburgh Castle
  • Pace set by group's ability along a moderate 4.3-mile (7-kilometer) route
  • Small group run limited to 15 or fewer
  • Souvenir running T-shirt, city map, and other extras included
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90-minute small-group running tour
Local guide
Bottled water
Souvenir pack

Departure Point

1 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose your preferred departure time, and travel independently to the start point near the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park. You don’t need to bring anything but your comfiest running shoes, suitable clothing, and bags of enthusiasm.

Meet your guide, a qualified jog leader, and group of no more than 15, and after warming up, begin your run. Your route will be set according to the weather and your group’s abilities and interests, but usually covers around 4.3 miles (7 kilometers). The pace is set by the group, so whatever your fitness levels, you’ll be able to complete the course.

Take a gentle jog up Calton Hill, and pause to admire the panoramic city views as your guide points out the landmarks. Then, get into your stride as you navigate Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town.

Glimpse famous attractions like Edinburgh Castle, and admire the elegant, 18th-century architecture of the New Town on route. Make regular stops for photos of the sights and to learn about their history from your guide.

Your run concludes at the Historic Scotland Education Centre where you receive a souvenir pack of a running T-shirt, city poster, and other extras before your guide departs.
Stop At:  
Calton Hill
The panoramic views from Calton Hill have astonished and inspired visitors for centuries. Major landmarks can be seen from a bird’s eye view: Arthur’s Seat with the Crags behind Holyrood Palace and the Parliament, Leith and the Firth of Forth, Princes Street in its New Town grid and the Royal Mile climbing up towards the Castle.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Marathon Festival Running Tours
The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Arthur's Seat
Arthur's Seat is an extinct volcano which is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, Scotland, which form most of Holyrood Park.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Royal Mile
The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years, all under 18's to be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 15 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Edinburgh Marathon Festival Running Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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Loved this tour
, Jul 2018
Really enjoyed running through Edinburgh. Tour guide was fantastic, fun, and energetic and so knowledgeable!
Absolutely amazing run tour of...
, Mar 2018
Absolutely amazing run tour of Edinburgh! I will be booking again for sure when I return, hopefully sooner rather than later. Our route took us from Holyrood Palace through the Royal Terrace area, up Calton Hill at sunset, no less!, through New Town, by Princes Street Gardens, the Castle, through Old Town, and more. It was wonderful, and my guide, Raymond, was super friendly and knowledgeable about the city and its history. I had a wonderful experience and would recommend to anyone who enjoys running, history, and sightseeing all in one. Couldn't have asked for anything better!
We had a great guide. We enjoyed the...
June W
, Oct 2017
We had a great guide. We enjoyed the historical stories and the exposure of the city. I used the knowledge of the route to run the remaining days of my visit there. I think anyone who enjoys some activity to sign up for this tour.
We ran about 6 miles at a leisurely...
June W
, Oct 2017
We ran about 6 miles at a leisurely pace but we learned so much about the history and our guide was highly educated on the topics. I used the exposure of the route to run on the other days of my visit.
This was one of the best experiences...
June W
, Sep 2017
This was one of the best experiences of our trip. The pace of the run was comfortable and I think any level of fitness would enjoy it. We learned some truly interesting facts about the city and running by them made it special. I hope this tour remains in Edinburgh because we would love to do it again when we return. It was a great value for the price.

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