Walk: Harlaw Reservoir gets the tail wagging

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

[Harlaw Reservoir]

Up Bavelaw Burn from Balerno and Malleny Garden, you'll find a pair of windswept reservoirs. A wander around the shores of Harlaw and Threipmuir gives good views across the water to the boggy northern summits of the Pentland Hills. Popular with dog walkers, anglers and student post-exam celebrations, but worth a visit at any time of year even if you don't fall into one of these groups.

[Threipmuir Reservoir & Black Hill]

📌 Walk: Around Balerno's reservoirs ★★★
Start / finish at Harlaw Reservoir, off minor road 1 mi south of Balerno, G.R.: NT 182655 ///index.hello.healthier
❌ No public transport within 1 mi | 🚗 Car park

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 40 m | ⌚ Short
Features: Harlaw Reservoir; Threipmuir Reservoir
Easy | Wide, fairly level paths, narrower with a little ascent after Threipmuir Reservoir. Narrower alternative paths closer to reservoir shorelines.

Route & map

Route: Start - Harlaw Reservoir dam - Threipmuir Reservoir dam - path junction near east end of reservoir - east end of Harlaw Reservoir - start


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On our visit

Wildlife: 2020: greylag geese, crows, cormorants, tits, goldcrest and blackbirds; sheep in nearby fields. 2015: swans and ducks on Threipmuir Reservoir; cows and sheep in surrounding fields.
Weather: 2020: sunny with some areas of cloud, moderate winds, about 8°C. 2015: sunny and breezy with scattered clouds.

Chronological photo guide

[Harlaw Reservoir]

[Autumn colours]

[Harlaw Reservoir]

[Harlaw Reservoir, & a lone cormorant]

[Greylag geese]

[Tall trees]

[Path along Harlaw Reservoir]

[Harlaw Reservoir]

[Bridge across the inflow]

[Threipmuir Reservoir]

[West end of Harlaw Reservoir]

[Threipmuir Reservoir]

[Threipmuir Reservoir & Black Hill]

[Threipmuir Reservoir & Black Hill]

[Threipmuir Reservoir]

[Return over a low hill]

[East end of Harlaw Reservoir]

[Informal woodland paths offer alternatives to the main tracks]

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