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Pentland Hills, Midlothian and East Lothian

Pentland Hills, Midlothian and East Lothian

by: Keith Fergus
Think of East Lothian and Midlothian and a low-lying, predominantly rural landscape may well spring to mind, yet the Pentland Hills, just south of Edinburgh, rise to nearly 600m in height and provide some of the finest hillwalking in Scotland with wonderful views from the summits.

To the east, the Lammermuir Hills may not have quite the same appeal as their near neighbours but they still offer superb hillwalking options, while North Berwick Law, Traprain Law and the Garleton Hills make up for what they lack in height with a succession of incredible panoramas. Away from the high ground there a lovely pockets of woodland, wildlife-rich country parks, fascinating historic sites and forty miles of coastline between Musselburgh and Dunbar with some of the best dune-backed beaches in the country to enjoy.

This selection of 40 circular walks will help you make the most of this varied region. Each walk entry begins with at-a-glance details of distance, time, terrain, parking and public transport access where available. Clear route finding instructions are provided together with simple overview coloured sketch maps, but OS Explorer map sheet numbers are also provided. The text also includes brief notes on features of interest along the way and there are colour photographs throughout. The walk locations are:

Pentland Hills North
Caerketton, Allenmuir Hill and Capelaw - 9.75 km
Over Caerketton - 6.25 km
Capital view from Swanston - 4 km
Castlelaw - 8 km
Bonaly to Capelaw - 6.75 km
Harlaw and Threipmuir round - 9.25 km
Four Reservoirs ramble - 14 km
Green Cleugh to Scald Law - 12 km

Pentland Hills South
The Tytler Memorial - 3.25 km
Glencorse Reservoir - 4.25 km
Carnethy and Turnhouse Hills - 11.25 km
Kirk Road to Loganlea Reservoir - 7.5 km
Carnethy Hill, Scald Law and Kirk Road - 6.5 km
West Kip by the Monks Rig - 7.25 km
North Esk Reservoir - 8.25 km

Midlothian
Gore Glen - 2 km
Newtongrange colliery - 3.25 km
Rosslyn Chapel pilgrimage - 8 km
Roslin Glen Country Park - 4 km
Dryden Tower from Roslin - 7.25 km
Dalkeith woodland wander - 4.25 km
Dalkeith and the Esk - 7.5 km
Vogrie Country Park - 3.75 km
Carberry Hill and Queen Mary's Mount - 2.25 km

Haddington to the Lammermuir Hills
Hailes Castle by the River Tyne - 5.5 km
East Linton and Preston Mill - 9.5 km
Traprain Law - 2 km
Athelstaneford and Garleton Hills - 7.25 km
Haddington heritage loop - 6.5 km
Gifford to Bolton - 8 km
Whiteadder and Priestlaw Hill - 10.5 km
Gamelshiel Castle and Spartleton - 7.25 km
Pressmennan Wood - 4.75 km

East Lothian Coast
Musselburgh and Pinkie Clough - 6.75 km
Gullane and Aberlady Bay - 9.5 km
Dirleton, Yellowcraig and Fidra - 5.25 km
North Berwick Law - 4 km
Ravensheugh Sands - 5 km
John Muir Country Park - 3.5 km
Dunbar and Belhaven Bay - 6.25 km

ISBN 9781907025655 Pages 96 (2018) 107mm x 148mm

Price: 6.99