Walk: Around Balerno's reservoirs

City of Edinburgh | Pentland Hills | Short walk | ★★★

[Bavelaw Burn between Harlaw and Threipmuir Reservoirs]

Follow Bavelaw Burn up from Balerno and Malleny Garden and you'll reach a staircase of reservoirs. Walking around the shores of Harlaw and Threipmuir to a third reservoir at Black Springs gives good views across the waters to the Pentland Hills, with crepes available by Harlaw House Ranger Centre on our visit. Popular for dog walkers, fishing and student post-exam celebrations, but deserves recognition from a wider demographic than that.

[View from Threipmuir Reservoir]

📌 Walk: Around Balerno's reservoirs ★★★
Start / finish at Harlaw Reservoir car park, off minor road 1 mi south of Balerno, G.R.: NT 182655 ///index.hello.healthier

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 40 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Harlaw Reservoir; Threipmuir Reservoir
Terrain: Wide, flattish paths, narrower with a little ascent after Black Springs. Optional, narrower paths keep you closer to the water's edge.

Route & map

Car park - Harlaw Reservoir dam - Threipmuir Reservoir dam - Black Springs - Harlaw Reservoir dam - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Swans and ducks near Black Springs; cows and sheep in surrounding fields.
Weather: Sunny with scattered clouds, a little breezy by Threipmuir Reservoir.

[Harlaw Reservoir]

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