4.3 km away
A brief drive from the city offers a short walk but big views!
- 6.1 km
- 401 m
- 401 m
The highest peak in the Pentlands is a scenic and straightforward hike offering some wonderful views!
Start at the Flotterstone Ranger Centre with free car parking (donations welcomed) and aim towards the café situated at the west of the car park. Walk through the trees before entering onto the road for a short while. Turn left and follow the signs for Scald Law. Cross the bridge before turning sharply right to make your way up Turnhouse Hill (506m). Sheep and cattle graze this area so keep dogs close as not to disturb the animals.
A short but steep ascent up to Turnhouse Hill provides you with nice views looking back down the valley in which you started the day. Continue the path along the ridge towards Carnethy Hill, after dropping down into the saddle before ascending the slope up to the summit of Scald Law.
After a sandwich and selfie at the summit, follow your tracks back down to the saddle in which you crossed earlier and turn left at the bottom to start walking downhill. Cross the style over the fence and continue downward towards Loganlea reservoir. This is a nice area to stop for lunch / snack as it is more sheltered from wind than any of the nearby summits. Continue the road to leave Loganlea behind and before long you’ll be greeted by Glencorse reservoir. This area is popular with day walkers and tourists walking up from the car park so expect to see more humans than up in the hills. Remain on the road to leave the second reservoir behind before re-joining the path to take you back to the car park at Flotterstone Ranger Centre.
This hike and guide were completed during autumn weather conditions. This is just one opinion of this route. Make sure to do your own research by consulting local internet resources, mountain guides or guidebooks to evaluate other opinions so you can be best prepared for the terrain. A Guide by Red
Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.