Best places to watch the Grand Depart of the Tour of Britain

With Edinburgh and the Borders set to host Stage One of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which takes place from the 3rd-10th September, plan your vantage point.

Riders will head from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile through East Lothian and into the Scottish Borders with the finish coming in the town of Kelso.

The 188-kilometre opening leg will also include a 79-kilometre loop in the Scottish Borders, giving fans at the finish in Kelso town centre the opportunity to see the world’s top cyclists in action twice.

The Grand Depart will take place in Edinburgh for the first time, meaning fans will have a unique chance to see some of the biggest names in international road racing in action. 

The Royal Mile

The early bird will catch the view. With Stage One starting at 10.30am from outside St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile, you'll need to get into town early to get a good spot. Spectators are being advised to arrive for 9am where you'll be able to see the teams arrive and sign on.

Twenty teams, including ten UCI WorldTour teams, will be presented on the podium – this is something you won't want to miss!

In addition to promo stands from Tour partners OVO Energy, Oakley and Dare2b all of the team vehicles will be parked on the High Street and Cockburn Street ahead of the Grand Depart so you might get the opportunity to see your favourite riders warming up.

The Meadows

If the weather is good then head to the Meadows to catch the action. With Stage One using the same loop of roads in the city as the HSBC UK City Ride being staged from 11.00 to 15.00, the Meadows will be another great location to watch the riders as they circuit the park twice before heading towards Duddingston. You can then sign in at the City Ride Cycle Hub is also located within the park.

Duddingston Low Road and Holyrood Park

Spectators here may find themselves on TV as the iconic backdrop of Arthur's Seat is sure to feature on ITV4's live coverage.

Join the City Ride

Starting just after the international riders have passed through the city, from 11am-3pm, this safe closed road, family bike ride is an ideal way to get youngsters into the sport or keep yourself fit. Set off from the Meadows and enjoy a traffic-free ride around the streets of Edinburgh.

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