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Pentland Hills, Penicuik, near Edinburgh, Scotland


A group of four of us decided to explore the hills to the south of Edinburgh, rather than charging up the A9M Munro bagging and we were delighted with the walk we had in the Pentlands on the Scarp Hill route.

  • Simply glorious weather, clear and crisp.
  • Reasonably easy ascents
  • Rewarding glorious views over the the hills and the Forth.


Four of us, set off about 10 in the morning, with the intention of having a good brisk exploration of the Pentlands. The car park at Flotterstone Inn was reasonably busy but is only about 15 minutes south of Edinburgh City bypass. Amazing how quickly you can leave the city behind!

The weather was stunning - clear, crisp, cold, ice on the shady side of the hills, muddy in the sun.

We did three tops and returned by the same route meaning we had a decent work out for our 4 hours. As the sun dropped, so did the temperature and the wind got up.

The highlight for me was the view, see the pictures.

Contributed by: Richard Johnson

Pentlands view

Pentlands view (more photos below Key Facts)

Key Facts

Location From Flotterstone Inn on A701 near Penicuik, about 10 miles south of Edinburgh City Centre
When it was walked 13 November 2005
Walk type Countryside paths and easy hills
Difficulty Requires a reasonably good level of fitness and strong footwear
Distance approx 6 miles / 10 km
Height climbed approx 1500 ft / 450m
Time taken approx 4 hours
Map used if any None - Covered by Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 map Sheets 65 & 66.
Source of info on walk Group member
Getting there By car
Places to stay Flotterstone Inn
Places to eat/ buy food Flotterstone Inn
Points of interest Countryside Ranger station, children's play area

Looking SW across Loganlea Reservoir

Looking W across Loganlea Reservoir

Looking north over Allermuir Hill towards Edinburgh

Looking north over Allermuir Hill towards Edinburgh