I’ve lived in Edinburgh and the surrounding area for 8 years now, and I have never taken the time to go for a walk up the Pentland Hills. I didn’t know what I was missing, the scenery and views are simply stunning: greens, browns, purples and on the day that we went up (mid-february) it was absolutely freezing but soo worth it. There are so many different ways that you can go up, and we didn’t actually have time to go right to the top but even from our view point the views of Edinburgh were insane nice. We could even see right out to the Forth Road Bridge although unfortunately it was difficult to capture that in a photo. It didn’t help that the clouds were sitting quite low over Edinburgh, but still amazing.
The majority of the walks are quite steep in places, making them great for getting a bit more cardio into your day or for the more adventurous ones it’s very popular with mountain-bikers!
No matter where you look, there’s something cool. There are a few reservoirs tucked in and around the hills and quite a few different remains scattered around to explore and investigate!
As always its a good idea to be prepared for your walk, although the Pentlands are not insanely high, it can get pretty foggy and bleak up there if the weather takes a turn. As a minimum its good to take the following:
- Plenty of water
- A couple of snacks (fruit, cereal bars, sweets)
- A fully charged phone
It’s also good practice and common sense to let someone know where you’re going and how long you think you will be.
I love the hills and the countryside… can’t wait to write more on these. Subscribe to my posts to always be in the know!!