Walks and Hikes Around Edinburgh's Pentland Hills
Visiting the Pentland Hills, Edinburgh
Not far from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s city centre lies the Pentland Hills. A vast wide open space with rolling hills and landscape. The Pentland Hills are a breath of fresh air giving county life a stones throw from the city. It doesn’t matter which side of the Pentland’s you choose to visit, there are great views across to the city from wherever you stand. It’s here you’ll also find local wildlife inhabitants, where you might even be lucky enough to spot a deer; or my personal favourite, the highland cow.
A City Escape
As part of our ‘C’ date for alphabet dating last month, me and Luke took a walk out into the ‘country’ for a bit of fresh air and city escape. The Pentland’s are one of my favourite spots, and makes living in Edinburgh just that little bit more beautiful. One of our favourite and most local locations is Harlaw and Threipmuir reservoir, where these photographs are taken. It’s a fairly short route at just two miles, which you can complete in just over an hour. Depending on how many dogs you absolutely must stop and say hello to along the way (all of them)!
The perfect Sunday Stroll
A perfect spot for a Sunday afternoon stroll, you’ll also find a small visitors centre here and an independent coffee stop trailer just outside, which also do the most amazing crepes! Wrap up warm wherever you go in the Pentlands during the colder months. It’s amazing how much more of a chill you feel out there than in the city centre. You’ll find the Pentland Hills south-west from the city centre, and they start right on the outskirts of the city. Your easiest way to get there is by car, and there are several parking areas around the hills. There is also the option of public transport by bus, but it’s perhaps less advised if you’re not so familiar with the area, and it will leave you with more of a walk.