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Pentland Hills



 

Location: Pentland Hills, Edinburgh

Date: 1 / 1 / 23

Length: 2 -3 Hours

Level: Easy


 

The Pentland Hills including the highest of the hills, Scald Law and can be walked in a 10-mile circular which takes in the Five Peaks of the Pentlands – Turnhouse Hill, Carnethy Hill, Scald Law and East and West Kip. This Pentland Hills walk will take around 5 hours and gives a fantastic day in the hills – and it is just outside Edinburgh.


The route starts at the car park behind the Flotterstone Inn. Head towards Glencourse Reservoir, but take the very steep path leading up over Turnhouse Hill (506m) and then Carnethy Hill (573m) which give great views back over the reservoirs, Edinburgh, andMidlothian. The path then rises up to Scald Law, the highest hill in the Pentland range at 579m.


After you have taken a summit selfie it’s time to tackle East and West Kip, the shapeliest and steepest hills in the range. West Kip is often described as the Pentland’s best hill – and approaching it from the east you avoid the very steep west side ascent – honestly, even for an experienced hill walker, it is a bit of a puff!

Climb down West Kip and head towards Balerno. Before you reach Hare Hill ahead of you take the boggy path to the right. You will then reach the Logan Burn before descending down to The Howf and Loganlea reservoir. The walk returns alongside Loganlee and then Glencourse reservoirs on the road to complete the 10-mile loop.


 


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