Our friends live in Livingstone, and we went to stay for a weekend at the end of August. For a Sunday afternoon walk, they drove us out to Threipmuir Reservoir near Balerno, and five of us set off for a short foray into the Pentland Hills, a 20 mile stretch of up and down off the South West corner of Edinburgh.
First we enjoyed the sights of Threipmuir Reservoir, (above), and Bavelaw Marsh, (below).
Our path took us up along a wooded track past Bavelaw Castle, which we didn't see anything of. At the end of the track, a gate brought us out into the sun and gave us our first glimpses of the hills.
Scotland doesn't have Rights of Way, but the people in Scotland have the right to access most land and inland water including mountains, moorland, woods and forests, grassland, fields, rivers and lochs, coastal areas, most parks and open spaces day and night. The only caveat is that walkers must do so responsibly. There are loads of paths marked out on Scottish OS Maps, but you don't have to stick to them, and they aren't ROWs.
But you'd be daft to ignore them, all those walkers before you knew what they were doing when they pounded the track out with their feet.
|Our way ahead. The dip between the hills (Black Hill on the left and Hare Hill on the right), is called Green Cleugh. The pointy hill at the end is the highest of the Pentland Hills, Scald Law, 579m or 1900ft|
|Walking along Green Cleugh. How gorgeous is that Heather?|
|Logan Burn Waterfall|