Day Trip to the Pentland Hills
on Saturday 27 April 2024

The map required is LandRanger 66 Edinburgh, Penicuik & North Berwick,
but you can download and print a useful section below ....

This April day trip will involve a visit to the central section of the Pentland Hills, located to the southwest of Edinburgh.

Meeting Point and Route

We'll meet in the car park at Harlaw Reservoir at 9am (after leaving Glasgow around 8am) .. arrangements to car share shall be made in advance of this trip, so please let me know if you intend to come along and whether you are willing to drive.

Satnavs:   EH14 7FA
Maps:   GR NT182653
w3w:   ///advice.energetic.draw

Heading past the visitor centre, we shall follow the north side of Harlaw reservoir then Threipmuir reservoir until Redford Bridge then turn south past Bavelaw Castle to reach open ground. The Red Road climbs steadily past Hare Hill until it crests the ridge to the south of West Kip (551m).

From West Kip there is a short descent and reascent to East Kip (534m) then the ridge continues to Scald Law (579m). Descending north east to the saddle before Carnethy Hill we follow the path descending steeply to The Howe. A quick trip to the top of Carnethy Hill (573m) and return would add 2km, 140m of ascent and 45mins of time.

From The Howe, the path goes through the narrow gap of Green Cleuch then contours along the side of Black Hill before descending to the end of Threipmuir reservoir.  The return to the car park is via the weir at the end of Threipmuir reservoir.

Distance (excluding Carnethy Hill) 16km (10 miles)
Total ascent 600m
Likely time 4 - 5 hours

Download a map of the area?

What next?

If you'd like to come along on this day walk, please email me by Thursday 25th April and I shall organise cars/lifts.

James Anderson, Pentlands Organiser


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