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The sun is setting behind Cramond Island, painting the sky in pastel colours. There’s a light breeze, which the windsurfers are enjoying, zipping back and forth across Silverknowes beach. Small groups of people and their dogs dodge and weave around each other as they leisurely stroll, pedal or jog (usually less leisurely) along Silverknowes promenade. In the distance there is the rhythmic tap-tap-tapping of the poles of a group of roller skiers. This has been the scene for Snowsport Scotland’s 2020 Edinburgh Roller Ski Sessions so far.


Geared towards beginners and novice roller skiers the 3-mile-long promenade at Silverknowes has been a great venue with gentle terrain, wide paths and a stunning view. The sessions, which have now run every other Thursday since the relaxation of the lockdown restrictions in mid-July, are focusing on building confidence and technical progression with coach-led group learning. Participant sign-up for the sessions is online, no prior experience required. On arrival, participants find their sanitised equipment looked out and ready and waiting for them. Once everyone is kitted up, socially distanced roller skiing commences.


With the evenings now getting darker earlier, the sessions, which run for an hour and a half will be moving both a half hour forward and to a street-lit location in Edinburgh. With a new start time of 6:30 pm, the next and 6th session of the 8 part series will be hosted in Inverleith Park.


In Edinburgh or close by and fancy giving the roller ski sessions a shot? You can find out more and sign-up at our Eventbrite page: