NEWS – Edinburgh Olympic Torch route 13th and 14th June 2012

The olympic torch was last in Edinburgh in August 2011

Edinburgh Olympic Torch route 2012

The 2012 Olympic torch is coming back to Edinburgh. It made a brief visit to the city last August, but is coming back to town on the 26th and 27th days of its epic 70 day journey to London.

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.

You can download copies of the route from the BBC – Wednesday 13th June route and Thursday 14th June route.

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:

1818 Chesser Avenue and left onto Slateford Road
1820 Slateford Road left on Hutchison Crossway
1821 Slateford Road @ Hutchison Crossway right Appin Place
1822 Slateford Road @ Appin Place left Moat Drive
1826 Slateford Road  @ Moat Drive left Slateford Gait
1827 Slateford Road @ Slateford Gait right onto Shandon Place
1829 Shandon Place  @ Harrison Gardens
1831 Gray’s Loan @ Harrison Gardens and left onto Spylaw Road
1836 Gray’s Loan @ Spylaw Road  and left onto Colinton Road
1837 Colinton Road  @ Tipperlinn Road
1841 Tipperlinn Road, left onto Bruntsfield Place @ Holy Corner
1845 Bruntsfield Place
1850 Leven Street
1854 Home Street @ Valleyfield Street
1857 Lauriston Place @ Glen Street
1901 Lauriston Place @ Nightingale Way
1904 Forrest Road
1906 Chambers Street and onto The Mound
1909 Arrive at The Mound
1910 The Mound Lloyds TSB Sponsor (stopping briefly)
Then a u-turn up The Mound
1915 The Mound right onto Royal Mile (Lawnmarket)
1919 Castlehill

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 Musselburgh

0836 Milton Road East

0840 Edinburgh Road

0843 North High Street

0846 Bridge Street

0859 Dalkeith

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.

The Olympic rings at The Mound
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