Lothian Walks – The Pentland Skyline

The Pentland Hills are special, not just for Edinburgh people – Stevenson’s Hills of Home – but for all who live in East West and Mid Lothian as well. They frame and enhance the view wherever you go. Streets are named after them in every town and village.

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Picnics in the Pentlands

The recurring, intractable problem faced by myself and other hill-walking fathers is hot to reconcile diverging goals within the family. For example, how to combine a picnic for small children with a walk for an energetic father; or how to head off discord between sons and daughters, who want respectively to race like mountain goats over every hill in sight, or simply to go for a walk.

Fortunately we have the Pentlands nearby. Continue reading Picnics in the Pentlands

Top 5 Lothian Cycle Routes

As we move towards summer with the promise of some better weather (don’t laugh at the back there) I thought it might be time to dust off a few of the best cycle routes around the Lothians.

For each route I have included a link to a more detailed description together with a map and profile (featured on the VisitScotland, Edinburgh Bicycle or Citycycling websites). Continue reading Top 5 Lothian Cycle Routes

Edinburgh – 40 Town and Country Walks

This pocket sized book by Kerry Nelson does just what it says on the packet. It creates 40 walking routes in and around the Capital. The walks are divided into four geographical areas, Old and New Town, South Edinburgh and the Pentlands, East Edinburgh and the Coast and North and West Edinburgh and Beyond (i.e. West Lothian!)

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Winchburgh Walks

One of the challenges this winter has been to go out for a walk without getting soaked. In an effort to find a dry yet interesting walk with some variety to it, I recently went back to Winchburgh. I have written about Winchburgh before but this time I walked out to the south-west, made a loop around Craigtoun in the north-west and came back along the canal. I still came home with wet, muddy feet but it was largely my own fault!

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