Edinburgh's Pentland hills offers great walking and cycling
- Edinburgh Guide
- 16 February 2011
Routes for walking, cycling, wildlife, fishing and even skiing
Edinburgh’s distinctive south-west skyline is defined by the Pentlands, a range of easy-to-reach hills with fabulous walks.
Easily accessible by car or public transport, the Pentland hills are enjoyed by thousands of visitors who come every year for the walking, cycling, wildlife, fishing and even skiing.
There are information centres providing maps and visitors’ guides at Flotterstone, near Penicuik, and Harlaw House, near Balerno, also the starting points for some more popular walks. Both centres also have picnic areas, but be warned that the car parks get busy very quickly, particularly at weekends and during the summer months.
At a maximum peak of 579m and averaging 400m to 550m, the hills have a number of walking and cycling routes for different levels of experience, with well-marked paths. The higher peaks have views over the Borders and even as far as Ben Lomond on a clear day. The area also has a long tradition of fishing: the park has five reservoirs where you can fish if you have a permit. For a real adventure, take to the dry slopes at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Hillend, where you can enjoy a ski or snowboarding lesson while the kids have a go at tubing: riding down the nursery slope in an inflatable doughnut.
Flotterstone Visitor Centre & Harlaw House Visitor Centre
www.pentlandhills.org 0131 445 3383
Midlothian Snowsports Centre
0131 445 4433