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Fast & flat, this course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first marathon or you are looking for a PB. The Edinburgh Marathon has sold out every year since 2008 and is the second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London.
Starting on Potterrow in the grounds of one of the oldest Universities in the world, this incredible city centre start takes you through the very heart of Edinburgh. As you pass Greyfriars Bobby on your left, you also take in the National Museum of Scotland on your right, before heading over the High Street and down The Mound. Don’t be surprised if you see a few shoppers stop and cheer as you then run past the Scottish National Gallery and into Princes Street Gardens, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle as your backdrop. The route then takes in the ‘Gothic Rocket’, otherwise known as the Scott Monument, as it meanders down the historic Royal Mile, heading towards and past the somewhat controversial Scottish Parliament building. Here you can look up and take in the spectacular Arthurs Seat & Salisbury Crags, as well as the Palace of Holyrood, before departing the Royal Park and heading east towards the coast. As you reach Musselburgh, you’ll run past the oldest golf course in the world, where it’s documented that golf has been played as early as 1672, before heading further East on the flat to Gosford House, an imposing neo-classical mansion which was one of the last great architectural commissions of the celebrated Scots architect, Robert Adam. As you turn and head back along the coast, you’ll see the beautiful finish line ahead, one of the greatest sights for any marathon runner! With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, it is believed that this is the fastest marathon route in the world.
You can find all the information on the Edinburgh marathon by clicking here.
Since 2003, Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners have raised over £30 million for hundreds of amazing charities. The Official Edinburgh Marathon Festival Charity is Macmillan Cancer Support and you can find out more by clicking here.
Whether you take part in the marathon or not, you’ll be looking for somewhere luxurious to relax before and after the race, that’s where our beautiful 5* boutique hotel comes in. With the start line only 15 minutes from our front door and being only 15 minutes from the airport, The Dunstane Houses are perfectly situated for a proper Edinburgh marathon experience.
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