A circular route which takes in the eastern side of the county. Route goes through Musselburgh, Pencaitland with the option of visiting Glenkinchie Distillery,and Prestonpans, where you can see the vast collections of murals throughout the town.
Route begins in Musselburgh at the Old Roman bridge car park next to the River Esk. Follow signs for River Esk Path and continue on this trail along the riverbank all the way to Whitecraig.
At Whitecraig follow signs for cycle route NCN1. Turn off this route sign posted NCN196 Pencaitland Railway Path and follow this route onto the A6124 and turn left onto the Pencaitland Railway Path. Follow this all the way past Ormiston and Pencaitland (toilets available in Ormiston Library and Pencaitland Winton Arms, local shop and pubs in both villages – no food served in Winton Arms Pencaitland). Before you reach the end of the railway path turn off and follow road down to Glenkinchie Distillery – the Edinburgh whisky, 5 star attraction.
After a visit, follow road back along to West Saltoun and follow on into East Saltoun (shop). A great downhill ride back towards Pencaitland skirting edge past cemetery. At cross road junction go straight over and turn right signed Boggs Holdings. Through hamlet and follow road until the road veers sharply to right, don’t follow road round but instead go straight ahead and down bank with industrial estate to your right. Great views across Firth of Forth here.
Turn left onto A199 and go through Macmerry and onto Tranent (This road can be a bit busy but there is a cycle path all the way to Tranent). In Tranent go through High street (shops, public toilets, pubs, cafe) and cross over roundabout, over to left on the Elphinstone Road, and then go right under the bridge next to The Brig Inn and onto the Heugh pathway, once at bottom follow route into Prestonpans - Mural town, see how many great murals you can spot along the coast, stop for a drink in the historic Gothenburg pub and visit Prestongrange Museum and discover the industrial history of East Lothian then go along coast and link up to the cycle route 76 John Muir Way back into Musselburgh.