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Walking in the Pentland Hills

30 walks in Edinburgh's local hills

Guidebook featuring 30 circular walks on Scotland's Pentland Hills, easily accessible from Edinburgh and home to peaks such as Scald Law and Carnethy Hill. Ranging from 2 to 17 miles, the routes are suitable for all abilities. Written by a local Countryside Ranger, the routes offer interesting and varied walking through diverse landscapes.


All seasons - a mild climate with little snow


Edinburgh, Penicuik, West Linton, Lanark


A basic level of navigational skills is required, but the routes should not cause any wayfinding difficulties. Height mainly 400-550m.

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Archaeological remains, historical and folkloric associations, castles, literary connections (Scott and RL Stevenson), views from the tops, wildlife
7 Oct 2016
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

A guidebook to 30 circular walks in Scotland's Pentland Hills. Exploring the beautiful scenery of Edinburgh’s local hills, the routes are suitable for walkers of all abilities and are perfect for walking year-round.

The day walks, all easily accessible from Edinburgh, range from 3-27km (2-17 miles) and can be enjoyed in 1-8 hours.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each walk
  • Easy access from Penicuik, West Linton, Lanark, Biggar
  • Information given on local geology and cultural history
  • Highlights include Scald Law and Carnethy Hill
  • Sized to easily fit in a jacket pocket

Table of Contents
Susan Falconer Cicerone author FALCONER

By Susan Falconer

Susan Falconer began walking in the Pentlands in her early teens. After graduating with a degree in geography from St Andrews University she began a management career in the Health Service in London. Despite being far from her native country she returned regularly to walk and cycle in Scotland. She trained as a teacher and became Senior Tutor in ecology and geography for the Field Studies Council in Epping Forest. Susan returned to Scotland to take up the post of Countryside Education Officer for the Scottish Agricultural College before becoming a Countryside Ranger with the Pentland Hills Ranger Service in 1995. She enjoys hill walking, cycling and wildlife and contributes articles to the Pentland Beacon and other publications.

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