Edinburgh Olympic Torch route 2012
You can read more about the people who were selected to be torchbearers for the Edinburgh route here.
Arriving in town on Wednesday 13th June, the torch will travel from the A71 at Stenhouse Drive to the celebrations being held at Castle Hill on the same evening.
Unfortunately, all the tickets for the event at Edinburgh Castle have already been snapped up.
You can also catch the torch early in the morning on Thursday 14th June as it leaves Edinburgh and heads for Alnwick.
Or you can read our version of the routes through Edinburgh. All timings are approximate.
Wednesday 13th route:
Starting at 1745 hrs from the A71 at Stenhouse road via: Chesser Avenue, Hutchison Road and Newmarket Road. At this stage, the torch will be in ‘convoy mode’. Then there will be a short break for the torch crew at Asda and the Coca Cola sponsor stop (1754hrs). It will take off again at 1816 hrs in full ‘torch bearer’ mode i.e people running with it.
We have been given the following information on the route:
Approximate time of arrival at the castle is 1920 hrs. Only those with tickets for the event at Edinburgh Castle will be able to see the torch arrive on the esplanade. Gates for the event on the esplanade open at 1645hrs, the show starts at 1745 and will end at approximately 2010 hrs.
There is a map of the route.
If you are travelling into town to see the torch, there will be lots of fun and activities (and flag handouts) in Parliament Square from 4pm.
The are is expected to be very busy, but those queuing for the concert at the castle, will be doing so on Johnstone Terrace.
Watch the concert in Festival Square
For anyone without a ticket to the Evening Celebration, the event will be screened live on the Big Screen in Festival Square, with seating provided. The Screen will also show live coverage of the Torch Relay from lunchtime until the start of the Evening Celebration at 1745 hrs.
The concert and lighting of the flame on Edinburgh Castle esplanade will be approximately 1920 hrs with the show finishing around 2010 hrs.
Thursday 14th route:
The convoy will be in Festival Square from approximately 6.30am.
Starting at 0708 hrs from the Lothian Road the torch will be in ‘torch bearer’ mode and travel:
0710 Bread Street
0712 West Port
0717 West Bow
0719 George IV Bridge
0720 Royal Mile
0730 Horse Wynd
0733 Queens Drive
0735 Holyrood Gait
0740 Holyrood Road
0741 The Pleasance
0746 St Leonards Street
0753 Bank of Scotland Stop
0808 Holyrood Park Road
Then from 0815 hrs: Duddingston Road West (from Old Church Lane), A1 Milton Road, Milton Road West to Duddingston Park. This will be done in convoy mode.
0822 A1 Milton Road (torchbearer mode)
0827 Milton Road West
0836 Milton Road East
0840 Edinburgh Road
0843 North High Street
0846 Bridge Street
0859 Edinburgh Road
0905 High Street (A6094)
0905 South Street
0908 London Road
0911 Eskbank Road (A6094)
0917 Lasswade Road (A768)
There is a map of the route.
You can watch the Olympic torch travel through Edinburgh (or anywhere else) via this link.
Further details can be found on the Olympic Torch website.
The Olympic torch relay will result in some traffic problems in the areas at the times mentioned. You can read what Lothian and Borders police have published about the event. Here’s the changes to LRT buses.
Taken from STV Edinburgh, the following road closures will be in place:
1pm to 11pm on Wednesday, June 13
Castlehill – in its entirety.
Ramsay Lane – in its entirety.
Ramsay Garden – in its entirety.
Mound Place – in its entirety (except event vehicles and residents parking, those displaced from Ramsay Garden).
Johnston Terrace – in its entirety (except events vehicles and residents parking).
Lawnmarket – in its entirety (except event vehicles), junction of George IV Bridge/Bank Street will remain open.
Castle Wynd North Steps – in its entirety.
Upper Bow – in its entirety.
Parliament Square West – in its entirety (except event vehicles).
St Giles Street – in its entirety.
5pm to 8pm on Wednesday, June 13
The Mound – in its entirety.
Market Street – at its junction with Mound.
North Bank Street – in its entirety.
Bank Street – in its entirety.
George IV Bridge – in its entirety.