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Frequently Asked Questions List

Last Updated: 9th March 2019

What car-parking is available in the Cramond area near to the departure point for the outbound coach and transport service?

There is a large public car park near the finish point at Cramond beach which is used by people visiting the foreshore and promenade which is usually empty overnight. This is approximately 1.5 miles from our outbound departure point which is at the car-park of the Tesco Metro in Davidson’s Mains. There is also lots of parking just to the south of the Boardwalk Beach Club which is halfway along the Cramond Promenade. 

You could also park along some of the residential streets in Cramond and Davidson’s Mains - most houses have off-street parking so there is space along Gamekeeper’s Road, Cramond Road North, Whitehouse Road and some of the roads off them as long as you respect resident’s entrance ways. Cramond Glebe Road is very narrow so not a good parking option but it does gives access to the foreshore car park.

How much does the service cost?

We have kept all prices the same for 2019 as they were last year.  And this year, as well as transport support to the start of the race on Saturday 22nd June, we are offering a return trip back to Carlisle for the morning after, following the completion of the event. The prices are:


  • £20 per passenger, each way for a high quality coach service
  • £20 per bike, each way for lorry transport complete with protective packaging service
  • £5 for transfer of bag from start of Ride To Sun in Carlisle back to Cramond Kirk for collection at the end

What are the departure times and locations?

Cramond to Carlisle for Start of RTTS, Saturday June 22nd

  • The departure point for both the bike lorry and transfer coach for the outbound service to Carlisle on June 22rd will be the car park behind the Tesco Metro at Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh.
  • We will be loading bicycles and coaches between 1.30pm and 2.30 pm and you will receive a specific check-in time to load your bike prior to the event.
  • Coaches and lorries will depart Cramond at 3.00pm with expected arrival at Castle Car Park, Carlisle by 6pm at the latest, unloading of bikes completed within 30 – 60 minutes, with a walk of only a few minutes to the start of Ride To The Sun in Bitts Park.
  • Bags may be deposited in Carlisle no later than 7.30pm for transport back to Cramond for collection in Cramond Kirk Hall between 2am and 7am on Sunday 23rd June in exchange for a valid receipt.

Return Service – Cramond to Carlisle on completion of RTTS, Sunday June 23th

  • Our service for riders wishing to return to Carlisle at the end of Ride to the Sun will depart a short distance from the end of Ride to the Sun on Cramond promenade to travel to Castle Car Park in Carlisle on the morning of Sunday June 23rd.
  • Bikes will be loaded between 05.30 am and 06.30am. The coach and lorry will depart at 07.00am with arrival expected in Carlisle at Castle Car Park by 10.00am at the latest. Details of check-in times and departure location will be confirmed by email prior to the event.

How can I wrap my bike?

If you want to wrap your bike, you can collect a bike-wrapping kit which contains pre-cut strips of bubble wrap to cover any bike tubes that you wish to protect. There are also sticky labels to hold the strips in place. If you need any more wrap or labels speak to one of our team in the wrapping area.

Our bubblewrap kit:

Cover the bubble wrap around the tube and secure with labels at each end:


If you have a tube with a large diameter and/or bottle cages to work round, you may prefer to wrap the bubble wrap in a spiral around the tube, and tape two strips together end-end if you need a longer spiral.

We must be able to turn the pedals to be able to load the bike in place in the truck – so please do not wrap the cranks, chain ring, chain or rear gears as these must be able to move freely.

When you are finished please put any left-over bubble wrap or labels in the recycling containers provided.

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