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Walk: Monks Burn horseshoe - Pentlands on a postcard

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Midlothian | Pentland Hills | Half day walk | ★★★ [Wish you were here? The main Pentlands ridge seen from Green Law] Cap Law and Green Law are sometimes visited as stepping stones en route to the higher summits at the heart of the Pentland Hills, but less frequently feature as objectives in their own right. This pleasant horseshoe route around the Monks Burn keeps to these lower, grassy tops - often quiet - with a grand Midlothian panorama to be enjoyed on the ascent and descent. Green Law offers some of the very best views of the whole hill range by virtue of being set apart from the main Pentlands ridge, while Spittal Hill is a fine vantage point for North Esk Reservoir to the west. First class views without the crowds - sounds ideal? We think so too! [North Esk Reservoir] 📌 Walk: Monks Burn horseshoe - Pentlands on a postcard ★★★ Start / finish at car park at Nine Mile Burn, Roman Road, just off the A702 1 mi northeast of Carlops, G.R.: NT 177577 ///saves.unlisted.gazes

Tormain Hill Rock Art

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City of Edinburgh | Ratho | Rock art | ★★ [Tormain Hill Rock Art] A peaceful wooded grove atop a low hill just outside Ratho conceals some fine examples of prehistoric rock art. Dozens of cup marks can be made out - many surrounded by concentric rings - as well as a larger arrow which sources suggest was carved by the Ordnance Survey in the mid 19th century (usefully, the arrow happens to point towards the main outcrop). Eight historically significant rock outcrops have been recorded, though vegetation now conceals about half of these. These rock carvings are reason enough to visit Tormain Hill, but they are complemented by surprisingly extensive views both east across fields towards the capital and west into West Lothian. The unspoiled nature of the site is all the more remarkable given that it's within just a few miles of two motorways, an international airport and multiple major railway lines - and well under 10 miles from Edinburgh city centre. [View east towards Edinbu

Walk: A right royal romp round Linlithgow Loch

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West Lothian | Linlithgow | Short walk | ★★★ [Linlithgow Loch] Rubbing up against Linlithgow town centre is Linlithgow Loch: a popular leisure spot for locals with a good path all way around the edge. Linlithgow Palace juts out above the shoreline on the south side, and there are great views of the royal residence from various angles as you make the circuit. On the north side the path passes within a few hundred metres of the M9 motorway, but the thunder of passing traffic is less intrusive than you might expect. It certainly doesn't seem to overly bother the local wildlife; look carefully and there's often an array of waterfowl hiding away amongst the quieter reeds and tree roots as well as the regular feeding frenzy near the car park. [Jetty] 📌 Walk: A right royal romp round Linlithgow Loch ★★★ Start / finish at The Vennel car park (charge), Water Yett, off High Street (A803), 5-min walk west of Linlithgow town centre, G.R.: NS 998772 ///water.soulful.skidding . T

Linlithgow

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West Lothian | Town | ★★ [High Street, Linlithgow] Linlithgow is one of the more attractive towns in the middle of the Central Belt, with a bustling high street, plenty of history and with convenient transport links to both Edinburgh and Glasgow . Linlithgow Palace is its most famous tourist attraction: birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots and enjoying a beautiful setting above Linlithgow Loch - itself worth a wander around at any time of year. St Michael's Church stands on the other side of the palace and its history is closely intertwined. Those with more time to spend in the area have lots of local beauty spots to choose from, including the canal running through the southern side of the town, Beecraigs Country Park to the south and Blackness Castle on the Firth of Forth to the northeast. [Linlithgow Palace] Location & info 📌 Linlithgow ★★ West Lothian, G.R.: NT 003771 ///icon.reconnect.hiking 🚶 The palace and loch are very close to the town centre. 🚌 Linlith

Walk: Pressmennan Woods - Glingbobs & Tootflits

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East Lothian | Stenton | Short walk | ★★ [Pressmennan Woods & Lake] This short and shady squelch explores the peaceful forest that cascades down the steep northern slopes of Deuchrie Dod, above the slender Pressmennan Lake - a well-disguised artificial reservoir. The area is cared for by the Woodland Trust, which has marked out a child-friendly Glingbobs and Tootflits sculpture trail where you can look out for signs of these mythical forest dwellers. Views of the lake are fleeting on the outward track, but our return route follows a lower path closer to the tranquil water's edge. [Pressmennan Woods] 📌 Walk: Pressmennan Woods - Glingbobs & Tootflits ★★★★ Start / finish at car park off minor road 1 mi south of Stenton, G.R.: NT 621726 ///vessel.farmer.grad ▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 70 m | ⌚ Short | ⬤ Easy Features: Glingbob & Tootflit houses; Pressmennan Woods & Lake Terrain: Track for outward route then clear paths. Some very muddy sections, particularly n