Walk: Craiglockhart - the forgotten hill of Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh | Craiglockhart | Short walk | ★★★

[Pentland Hills from Wester Craiglockhart Hill]

The city of Edinburgh is famously said to have been founded upon seven hills. Some - such as Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill - are firmly on the tourist trail. Others, however, are generally only the preserve of knowledgable locals, and perhaps none more so than Craiglockhart Hill. This small pocket of open space to the southwest of the city centre is hemmed in by a university, school, golf course and the former Edinburgh Lunatic Asylum so it appears on maps as if the remaining explorable area is rather limited. Perhaps the following list will convince you otherwise: a fine pond, extensive woodland, rocky crags, open grassland... and two summits for the price of one, separated by Glenlockhart Road.

[Craiglockhart Pond]

📌 Walk: Craiglockhart - the forgotten hill of Edinburgh ★★★
Start / finish on Lockharton Crescent, Craiglockhart, 2 mi southwest of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 231709 ///afford.also.crowds

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 160 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Summits: Easter Craiglockhart Hill (157 m); Wester Craiglockhart Hill (176 m) | Features: Craiglockhart Pond
Terrain: Paths throughout - often steep and narrow if exact mapped route is used, particularly for descent from Wester Craiglockhart Hill.

Route & map

Start - Easter Craiglockhart Hill via northern viewpoint - Glenlockhart Road - Wester Craiglockhart Hill by east side - descend to Glenlockhart Road by west side - Craiglockhart Pond - start


Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Swans and cygnets, mallards, tufted ducks, moorhens, coots, little grebes and black-headed gulls on Craiglockhart Pond. Woodland birds; a few voles on Wester Craiglockhart Hill.
Weather: Mostly cloudy to start with sun increasingly breaking through, temperature in low teens.

Chronological photo guide

[Craiglockhart Pond]

[Easter Craiglockhart Hill - northern viewpoint]

[Easter Craiglockhart Hill]

[Easter Craiglockhart Hill, with Corstorphine Hill in the distance]

[Pentland Hills from Easter Craiglockhart Hill]

[Wester Craiglockhart Hill from Easter Craiglockhart Hill]

[Steps aid the descent from Easter Craiglockhart Hill]

[Edinburgh Napier University]

[Wester Craiglockhart Hill]

[Dunnock]

[Wester Craiglockhart Hill]

[Foxgloves]

[Pentland Hills from Wester Craiglockhart Hill]

[Descent from Wester Craiglockhart Hill]

[Foxgloves]

[Vole]

[Views north from the descent]

[The descent from Wester Craiglockhart Hill is steep and narrow]

[Wester Craiglockhart Hill]

[Return route]

[Return route]

[Craiglockhart Pond]

[Craiglockhart Pond]

[Little grebe]

[Craiglockhart Pond]

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