Walk: Hot stuff on Scald Law & the Kips

[Scald Law affords superb views northeast into the heart of the Pentlands]

This perfect Pentland round includes a traverse of the most elegant hills in the region en route to the highest. Despite being so close to Edinburgh, the outward tramp across expansive moorland via the Red Road feels a world away from Prince's Street, with West and East Kip looming large ahead. Meanwhile, the return through Green Cleugh comes with an attractive waterfall nestling in the heart of the range, intimate even with all the bikes zooming past. Tranquil reservoirs at the start are worthy of exploration even on their own. For both variety and views, this walk deserves a place right up there with the bigger hills.

[Threipmuir Reservoir from Redford Bridge, near the start]

Name: Walk: Hot stuff on Scald Law & the Kips ★★☆
Length: 12 km / 7 miles
Ascent: 500 metres
Main summits: West Kip (551 metres); East Kip (534 metres); Scald Law (579 metres, sub-2000')
Points of interest: Threipmuir Reservoir; Logan Burn waterfall
Start / finish: Car park at Threipmuir Reservoir, off minor road a mile south of Balerno, G.R: NT 167639 / evidence sponsors exploring

Route: Car park - Redford Bridge - Red Road - West Kip - East Kip - Scald Law - The Howe - Logan Burn waterfall - Green Cleugh - Redford Bridge - start
Terrain: Good, wide hill paths: steep near summits, a little wet on Red Road. Tarmac private road at start / end.
Wildlife today: Swans and ducks on the reservoirs; sheep.
Weather today: Dry with sunshine and scattered clouds, but cold and windy on the ridge.

[West Kip has the most dramatic summit in the Pentlands, topped by a lovely pointed peak]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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