Scottish Field - - AREA FOCUS – EDINBURGH -

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.

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