THREE FAMILY WALKS FOR EDINBURGH AND THE LOTHIANS
Blackford Hill and the Braids, Edinburgh
Just set back from the city centre is a wonderful stroll that leads to a stunning view of city, coast and country. Starting at the Hermitage of Braid, the top of Blackford Hill is soon reached. Dropping back down again, the Howe Dean Path boasts views of the countryside to the south. Once back at the start, a detour to legendary Morningside pub, The Canny Man’s, is in order.
Scald Law, The Pentlands
The highest point of The Pentlands is a good objective, and the promise of a return to the cosy Flotterstone Inn helps the legs keep going. Begin by taking in the outlying Turnhouse and Carnethy Hills before reaching the very top of this delightful range just south of Edinburgh. The way back leads past the picturesque Loganlea and Glencorse reservoirs.
Wester Shore Wood, Firth of Forth
This woodland, starting near Blackness, is a great place for a winter wander, looking out over the shore of the Firth of Forth. The castle at Blackness was used in the hit US television series Outlander but a detour before the ancient village of Abercorn leads to an even bigger location – Midhope Castle, used as Lallybroch, the ancestral home of lead character Jamie Fraser.