Hill Walking in Edinburgh and Lothians

View of the North Berwick Law

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland but is a third of the population of Glasgow. Perversely the city has no motorway access to the South and since the local transport links are excellent the city and surrounding area can easily be accessed without a car, arriving by train or plane. The highest concentration of Scotland's major attractions are found within the city and surrounding area - Edinburgh being the top tourist destination in Britain outside of London because its attractions are mostly concentrated in a central area. For the purposes of this guide, the city centre and East Lothian are listed seperately and the Lothians are defined as mainly the areas to the North, South and West of the city.

  • Although it would not be greatly rated in comparison to other hill walking areas of Scotland, its easy accessibility and views over the metropolitan and industrial areas around Edinburgh, make the Pentland Hills regional park a great favourite for many. Probably best accessed by following signs to the A702 and Carlisle and then parking where your walk suits anytime after the Hillend artificial ski slope. Currie Wood is also a beauty spot identified.

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