En Route 4, En Croute
The route 4 starts at the Jewel, terminus of routes 2 and 5, snaking its way towards town parallel to the 2 route before turning past Coffee Drive and heading through Mountcastle and Bingham.
We pick up Milton Road West at the Duddingston Golf club without a food business sighting for quite a while.
That’s soon rectified when the Beefeater at the Premier Inn looms up then the Radical Road Bar. Barracuda is just there, too. We head through Northfield before eventually picking up the 5 route at Piershill.
As the 5 peels off round the Leith Street diversion, it’s the route 1 that we then follow until the far end of Princes Street. Then the 100 route is followed until Haymarket when the 4 heads up Dalry along the 2 route.
A second branch of Makar’s Gourmet Mash Bar has been added to Shandwick Place since last I passed. In another change, the Verandah Indian which had been there for years has now changed to a steak house called Los Amigos. I’d missed CJ’s Cafe on my last trip along this route.
We then head up Ardmillan Terrace. The 4 briefly strikes out on its own towards the Asda near the Corn Exchange, heading up Craiglockhart Avenue. It picks up the 27 and 10 route at Craiglockhart campus of Edinburgh Napier University.
It heads along Colinton Road and up past Hunter’s Tryst by which time it has picked up the 5 and 16 route, after crossing paths with the 18 as well.
It finally heads off the 18 route at Farmilehead where there’s little more to see except the Steading before it terminates just next to Hillend ski centre.
So overall, the 4 crosses many other routes that I’d already explored that it was like a greatest hits tour of what has come before. It consequently felt quite light on places unique to its route. It’s still a very picturesque journey right up into the Pentlands so one to be enjoyed on a bright and sunny day like I did.