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Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Fast, flat and beautifully scenic marathon route takes you around Holyrood Park with views of Edinburgh Castle. Weekend of fun, festivities and energy!

Potterow, EH8 9AL

Edinburgh Marathon Festival


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, 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.

As you reach Musselburgh, you'll run past the oldest golf course in the world, before heading further East on the flat to Gosford House. 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, we believe that this is the fastest marathon route in the world.

Also happening that weekend

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has a choice of runs making it open to a wide range of ages and abilities, including:

  • Full marathon
  • Half marathon
  • Hairy Haggis Team Relay
  • 10k
  • 5k
  • Junior Races