Northern Pentlands

Routes up Scald Law, Carnethy, Allermuir & neighbours

The rolling grass covered Pentland Hills lie just south of Edinburgh. With good access and and never to far from a public road, these hills are popular with walkers and hill-runners. Walking and navigation on the crests is fairly straightforward with paths to follow and occasional sign-posts pointing the main routes. With the area being steeped in history, you're bound to stumble on something unusual.


Main route summary


With many starting points to choose from and tracks everywhere, these hills are very accessible and create endless route possibilities. The main route below is linear point-to-point, starting at Hillend, by Edinburgh's city by-pass and finishing several miles south at Nine Mile Burn. There are a few pubs by the route, with The Steading at Hillend, the Flotterstone Inn halfway along and the Alan Ramsay a couple of miles south of the finish at Carlops. Many different types of people use the Pentlands, so take note of the Access Code.


Main peaks Caerketton (473m)
Allermuir (493m)
Castlelaw Hill (488m)
Turnhouse Hill(502m)
Carnethy (573m)
Scald Law (579m)
South Black Hill (563m)
East Kip (534m)
West Kip (551m)
 
Ascent 1250m (4,100ft)
Distance       17km (10.5m)
Time walk : 6:20hr*, run : 1:45hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start   Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Hillend
(grid ref : NT243667)

Finish   Nine Mile Burn
(grid ref : NT177577)

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Terrain
easy difficult
Navigation
easy testing
Effort
stroll long day
Scenery
ok stunning
 




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