(With thanks to The Edinburgh Reporter for this news)
If the bustling festivals and fringes are not to your taste today and tomorrow, you might like to head out of town to Musselburgh race course instead. For two days only, the fast and furious Harness Racing championships will be taking place at the racecourse. The Musselburgh Pace is a prestigious event, now in its 118th year, and has attracted racing teams from all over the UK and Ireland.
Tickets are £13.50 online, £15 on the gates, opening at 11.30am, first race at 1.30pm on both Thursday 4th and Friday 5th.
In harness racing, the horse pulls a sulkie – a tiny cart with bicycle wheels – the driver of it sitting very close behind the horse.
If you’re looking for a cycle route to the racecourse, the orange line on the Innertube map runs right along Portobello prom, ending at Joppa. From there a wide coastal path (officially only to walk, scoot or push a bicycle along, not to ride on it – for now) all the way to Fisherrow Harbour. The road to Musselburgh also has lovely views of the sea most of the way but be warned – those cycle lanes are mainly used to park cars along. The green line on the map shows the traffic-free route through Holyrood Park all the way out past Brunstane railway station. From there you will also have to join the road traffic to the racecourse.