Walk: On safari at Corstorphine Hill
|[Clermiston Tower on the summit]|
A rather famous zoo covers part of Corstorphine Hill, but there's plenty left over to explore without risking being trampled by wildebeest. The wooded summit is crowned with Clermiston Tower, built in 1871 to celebrate the centenary of Walter Scott's birth. Elsewhere, a maze of paths criss-cross interesting rocky knolls, with excellent views towards Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat and the Forth Bridges from the occasional open areas. It doesn't really matter exactly which route you take, but make sure to walk the entire length of the ridge to see the most interesting parts of the hill.
|[The south end of the ridge is an excellent vantage point for Edinburgh and Arthur's Seat]|
Name: Walk: On safari at Corstorphine Hill ★★★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 140 metres
Main summits: Corstorphine Hill (162 metres)
Points of interest: Clermiston Tower
Start / finish: Hillpark Avenue, Davidson's Mains, 4 miles west of central Edinburgh, G.R.: NT 205751 ///wells.grows.remote
Route: Hillpark Steps - Queensferry Road (A90) - north entrance to park - southern end of ridge via east side of hill - summit & Clermiston Tower - return to north entrance - start
Terrain: Clear paths: mostly wide but with some rocky and rough sections on the ridge. A few muddy patches.
Wildlife today: Blue tit, thrushes, blackbirds, robins, magpies, crows - basically the full collection of garden birds!
Weather today: Sunny intervals with a couple of rain showers, with strong winds out of the shelter from the trees.
|[Paths along the ridge are rough in places, with interesting rocky knolls to explore]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)