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Great Edinburgh Run

Join us in Edinburgh for the most scenic city centre run in Europe!

The 10 mile route is a unique distance for the city making it the perfect event for those wanting to stretch themselves from a 10k, or for those in training for a ½ marathon. Starting at 9.30am in Holyrood Park at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, the course takes runners past some of the city's most iconic sights including Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Bobby, the Scott Monument and the Royal Mile.  With lots to see and do in the area, thousands of runners and their families make a weekend of it in Edinburgh every year. If you need that extra incentive, why not raise funds for our new charity partner the STV Children's Appeal while running this event. Every single penny you raise stays in Scotland to support the children who need it most. 

Family Mile

New to the 2016 Great Edinburgh Run is our Family Mile, which will replace the Junior and Mini events.

The brand new family event allows children and adults to run together around a shorter distance course to enjoy the experience together!

The Family Mile takes place on the same day as the Great Edinburgh Run, on Sunday 17 April, in Holyrood Park.

More information will be available soon, but in the meantime why not sign up to our reminder service so that we can let you know when entries open?


*(please select Junior or Mini Great Edinburgh Run options)

Family Mile

The Course

The 10 mile route gives runners the perfect sight-seeing tour of Edinburgh and skirts past some of the must-see attractions in Scotland.

Starting and finishing in Holyrood Park runners will see a number of the city's famous landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Bobby, Scott Monument and the beautiful Arthur's Seat.

Course Map

Event location

About Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital city is one of the UK’s most popular tourist hot spots. With every corner of Edinburgh steeped in history and culture it is a must-see destination. Whether you are a keen shopper, arts enthusiast, or sports fan Edinburgh offers a wealth of activities for the family.

Take your pick of things to do in Edinburgh such as visiting the famous Greyfriars Bobby, the National Museum of Scotland, Princes Street Gardens, the Royal Mile or, of course, the dramatic sights of Edinburgh Castle. Perhaps you’d prefer to watch a game of rugby at Murrayfield Stadium or take a walk up Arthur’s Seat for panoramic views across the city, the River Forth and the Pentland Hills.

For more ideas on things to do in Edinburgh you can go to:

About Edinburgh


Travelling to the event on the West Coast Mainline? Then take advantage of the exclusive Virgin Trains discount: For you, your friends and family... whether you're travelling to an event on your own or up to groups of nine, you can all get up to 50% off Virgin Trains Advance Fares.

This exclusive discount on Virgin Trains is the cheapest, easiest and most comfortable way of getting you and your supporters to the start line. Click here to book now -

Edinburgh Waverly train station is only a ten minute walk from the start/finish area in Holyrood Park. Unscheduled works may change scheduled train times so please check websites a few days prior to the event.


For those travelling to the event by bicycle there will be an area designated for bike parking within the main site. There will be security staff patrolling the site but the organisers will not be responsible for your bike during the event.


Please note that there is no parking available at the start/finish area in Holyrood Park so give yourself plenty of walking time. Details of car parks in Edinburgh are available by visiting the City of Edinburgh Council website and following the links for transport and then parking.


Edinburgh is served by an excellent public transport system; visit and for information of bus routes, timetables and fares around the city.



Edinburgh is a fantastic city with fantastic shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, cafes and bars so why not make a weekend of it and avoid the rush on Sunday morning by checking into one of the many city centre hotels. For more information about accommodation in Edinburgh go to