Bagging Five Peaks – a stunning Pentland Hills walk

Bagging Five Peaks – a stunning Pentland Hills walk

If you fancy getting out for a walk in Scotland, you don’t have to head to the Highlands to get up into the hills – let’s explore Edinburgh’s Pentland Hills. Here is how to Scald Law on a 10-mile round trip Pentland Hills walk.

Walks in Edinburgh

Ask an Edinburgh local where they head on a Sunday for a walk, and the Pentland Hills Regional Park will be high on the list. There are lots of low-level Pentland Hills walks to explore, including reservoir rambles and moorland strolls which are great for a dog walk. My favourite walks are the Capital View Walk (and Swanston) and the Water Walk around Torduff Reservoir. However, for something a little more strenuous, getting up into the Pentland Hills themselves is a brilliant day out – with wonderful views across to Edinburgh.  

How to climb the Five Peaks – Scald Law and the Pentland Hills walk

The best of the Pentlands – including the highest of the hills, Scald Law, can be walked in a 10-mile circular which also takes in Turnhouse Hill, Carnethy Hill, Scald Law and East and West Kip. This Pentland Hills walk will take around 5 hours and gives a fantastic day in the hills – and just outside Edinburgh.

Walk start: The Regional Park car park behind the Flotterstone Inn. You can get to the Pentland Hills by bus from Edinburgh.

  • The route starts with a climb up over Turnhouse Hill (506m) and then Carnethy Hill (573m) which give great views back over the reservoirs, Edinburgh, and Midlothian.
  • The path then rises up to Scald Law, the highest hill in the Pentland range at 579m.
  • After you have taken a summit selfie it’s time to tackle East and West Kip, the shapeliest and steepest hills in the range. West Kip is often described as the Pentland’s best hill – and approaching it from the east you avoid the very steep west side ascent – honestly, even for an experienced hill walker, it is a bit of a puff!
  • The walk returns alongside Loganlee and Glencourse reservoirs to complete the 10-mile loop.

Map of the route – The full route of the Five Peaks is a combination of this walk and this walk from Walkhighlands.

Love, From Scotland x


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