Scotland’s capital is a historic city and a thriving cultural centre. The city has become one of Europe’s most popular destinations.
Edinburgh Castle dominates the city-centre skyline and from its ramparts you can look down on medieval lanes and elegant terraces that hold over a thousand years of history. Yet you will also see a modern, dynamic capital where international festivals attract the world’s leading performers, galleries display cutting-edge art, and bars, restaurants and clubs create a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a distinctly Scottish twist.
The marathon starts in the city centre and takes in the best sights of the Scottish capital, including Holyrood Palace and the iconic Scottish Parliament. The course then proceeds through scenic East Lothian and finishes at Musselburgh. There are shuttle buses from there back to the city centre.
The course has an overall elevation drop of almost 40m which makes it the UK’s fastest marathon.