Edinburgh Marathon, Half, 10K & 5K 2024
Edinburgh Marathon Festival
Rated by Runners World UK as one of the 100 best races in the world (hand picked by a panel of athletes and experts in 2022), the Edinburgh Marathon has it all, fantastic views of the cities most iconic landmarks in addition to stunning picturesque views along the East Lothian coastline. The marathon is AIMS certified and can be used as a Boston qualifier.
Established in 2003, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is Scotland’s largest mass participation running event, with approx. 40,000 runners and 100,000 spectators enjoying nine different race distances over two days. From the 5k, held in the stunning Holyrood Park, to the one of the UK’s fastest marathons, there’s something for everyone. Our package includes an ideally located hotel, experiences and support from our experts during your stay .
Travel Package Information
Friday 24th May, 2024
Make your own arrangements to arrive at our hotel in Edinburgh today. Usually, hotel rooms are ready to check in after 2pm. You can leave your luggage with the hotel and explore your surroundings while you wait for the room to be ready.
Late afternoon we will meet for a welcome meeting at a local distillery, here you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow runners, ask our experts some questions and enjoy a local beverage.
What to expect during your stay…
All entrants who have registered with a UK address (all events) and international entrants (5K & 10K) will receive their event number directly by post in May. For International runners, you will need to collect your race packs from Dynamic Earth on Saturday.
How do I contact Marathon Tours & Travel staff during my stay?
Marathon Tours & Travel staff with local knowledge of Edinburgh will be available at certain times in the reception area of the hotel. Times and contact numbers will be provided with your final documents and itinerary.
Saturday 25th May, 2024
Race Day (5K & 10k)
Today, the EMF 5K and 10K take place. The start and finish of both races are at Holyrood Park which is just a 10-minute walk from our hotel. Starting and finishing near the EMF Hub at Dynamic Earth, both events feature beautiful, scenic routes in Holyrood Park in the heart of Edinburgh.
This morning you have the opportunity to join your Marathon Tours & Travel rep on a morning shake-out run to explore some of the city sights before a filling and delicious breakfast at the hotel. Our hotel includes breakfast after each night’s stay.
The day is then free for you to enjoy at leisure, staying off your feet where possible. Tonight, you have an included pasta dinner that will take place at the hotel or a nearby restaurant.
Sunday 26th May, 2024
Race Day (Full & Half Marathon)
This is the day you have trained so hard for! An early breakfast has been arranged with the hotel.
How do I get to the race start?
From the hotel it is approximately a 15-minute walk to the race start area at Potterrow. You can either join your Marathon Tours & Travel rep for a walk over or make your own way there. On arrival at the start, please follow the instructions of the race officials.
Family and friends who did not enter the marathon.
You can travel by foot or public transport in your own time and pace to support and spectate along the race route. The Marathon Tours & Travel team will be happy to advise.
How do I get to my hotel from the race finish?
Finish is in Musselburgh at the Pinkie Playing Fields (EMF shuttles run back to the centre, tickets are available to purchase in advance on the runners portal)
Buccleuch Place is the finish shuttle stop and is approx. 15 minutes’ walk to our hotel
In the early evening, we invite you to join us for post-race meet up to celebrate your accomplishment with us and fellow runners, friends and family!
Packages & Rates
Marathon Tours & Travel Edinburgh Marathon package includes the following:
- 3 nights at a central 4* hotel
- Daily breakfasts
- Welcome meeting at local distillery
- City sights ‘shake-out’ run
- Past dinner the evening before the Marathon
- Celebratory post-race get together
- Escorted trip to the race start
- Guidance and support from Marathon Tours & Travel team in Edinburgh
- ABTA protected
Guaranteed 2024 Edinburgh Marathon Entry at £68
We are pleased to offer you guaranteed entry for the Edinburgh Marathon. You can buy the entry from Marathon Tours & Travel if you also buy the accommodation package from us. Please note UK entrants will receive race documents directly in the post. Marathon Tours & Travel will collect and deliver race documents to hotel for international guests.
- Guaranteed 2024 Edinburgh Half Marathon Entry at £44
- Guaranteed 2024 EMF 10K Entry at £34
- Guaranteed 2024 EMF 5K Entry at £24
You’re in Safe Hands
Your travel package is financially protected by ABTA. Our experienced team are on hand before, during and after your Edinburgh Marathon package with us to ensure you have a great trip.
Radisson Blu Edinburgh City Centre
Centrally located on the historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the Radisson Blu is a great base for your tour. Situated just a 5 minutes’ walk away from Waverley train station, connecting Edinburgh with many major cities and town in the UK. The property is also near to the vibrant Princes Street and Edinburgh castle with many pubs, cafés, shops, sights of interest and restaurants close by to keep you entertained.
The whole hotel includes 238 stylish en-suite rooms, and excellent on-site facilities at the wellness centre you’ll find an indoor heated swimming pool (child-friendly), sauna, steam room, and gym equipment. Elsewhere in the property you have access to a restaurant and bar serving tasty local ingredients. An included Scottish breakfast buffet is served at hotel daily. Standard rooms come with all the modern day comforts including in-room coffee and tea facilities, free Wi-Fi and a hairdryer.
From £769ppNovotel Edinburgh Centre
Located in the heart of the Scottish capital, the 4-star Novotel Edinburgh Centre is ideal for runners, approximately 15 minutes’ walk to the start and end of the marathon course. Recuperate at the hotel’s heated pool & spa, and enjoy craft beers, local gins and seasonal Scottish dishes at the Tap Kitchen & Bar. Internationally-renowned attractions like the Royal Mile, Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle are in close proximity, keeping you close to the action. The quirky bars and independent stores of Grassmarket are also perfect for shopping and refreshments.
Rooms are contemporary and equipped with 32-inch LCD TV. Rooms also feature free Wi-Fi, a private bathroom, minibar, and tea/coffee facilities.
Enter the 2024 Edinburgh Marathon with Marathon Tours & Travel
Established in 2003, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is Scotland’s largest mass participation running event, with over 35,000 runners and 100,000 spectators coming together to enjoy 9 different race distances over two days.
When booking with Marathon Tours & Travel, we provide guaranteed race entry to the biggest sports participation event in Scotland along with excellent hotel accommodation in the heart of the city for total convenience. Our hotel is located within easy reach of the Marathon Festival weekend events and we’ll also take care of all of the logistics for you, so you can focus on the big event! Whether you are running or supporting, we have an expert team on hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly.
Starting on Potterrow with the picturesque backdrop of The University of Edinburgh’s McEwan Hall, this incredible city centre route takes you past many iconic sights of the city.
Turning the first corner you’ll make your way past Greyfriars Kirkyard, home to the statue of Edinburgh’s favourite dog who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner – Greyfriars Bobby.
Continuing on into the city’s old town, you’ll cross over the Royal Mile, with St Giles Cathedral to your right and the iconic Edinburgh Castle to your left, before heading down the Mound into New Town.
You’ll run through the beautiful Princes Street Gardens where you will see the Scott Monument – a towering gothic monument dedicated to Sir Walter Scott
The route then turns back up to the historic Royal Mile, heading past the breathtaking architecture of the Scottish Parliament building. From here you can look up and take in the spectacular Arthurs Seat & Salisbury Crags, as well as the Palace of Holyrood, before departing the Royal Park and heading east towards the coast, taking in the sea air of Portobello promenade..
As you reach Musselburgh, you’ll run past the oldest golf course in the world, where it’s documented that golf has been played as early as 1672, before heading further East on the flat to Gosford House, an imposing neo-classical mansion which was one of the last great architectural commissions of the celebrated Scots architect, Robert Adam.
As you turn and head back along the coast, you’ll see the beautiful finish line ahead, one of the greatest sights for any marathon runner!
With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, this flat course is up there with one of the fastest marathon routes in the world!
Registration & Booking
How to Book
To make your booking, click on the orange button at the top of the page, ensuring that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.
When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically.
The cost of the event entry is non-refundable.
It’s important be up to date with the latest information about where you’re travelling to and what documents you need to have in order to travel.
For information about travelling to the UK and your requirements as a non-British passport holder, you should check the overseas travel details on your own governments website.
Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events in the UK.
Starting Pens and Bib Numbers
Although we are licensed to sell official entries for the 2023 Edinburgh Marathon events, we have no influence over the allocation of starting times and bib numbers.
Closer to the event we will send you a link which will allow you to complete the registration process for the Edinburgh Marathon event you have booked. Once you have finalised the registration process, the race organisers will allocate you a starting time and bib based on the information provided.
Please note UK entrants will receive race documents directly in the post. Marathon Tours & Travel will collect and deliver race documents to hotel for international guests.