Walk: Scald Law is hot stuff

City of Edinburgh / Midlothian | Pentland Hills | Half day walk | ★★★★

[West Kip, en route to Scald Law]

This perfect Pentland round includes a traverse of the most elegant hills in the region - the Kips - en route to the highest: Scald Law. Despite being so close to Edinburgh, the outward tramp across expansive moorland via the Red Road feels a world away from Princes Street (no more so than on our snowy 2020 visit), with West and East Kip looming large ahead. Meanwhile, the return through Green Cleugh comes with an attractive waterfall nestling in the heart of the range, and has an intimate feel even with all the cyclists zooming past on busy days. The tranquil reservoirs of Harlaw and Threipmuir at the start are worthy of exploration even on their own. For both variety and views, this walk deserves a place right up there with the bigger hills.

[Return through Green Cleugh]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Scald Law is hot stuff ★★★★
Start / finish at Red Moss of Balerno, off Mansfield Road 1 mi south of Balerno, G.R: NT 167639 ///evidence.sponsors.exploring
❌ No public transport within 1 mi | 🚗 Car park

▶ 12 km / 7 mi | ▲ 500 m | ⌚ Half a day
Features: Threipmuir Reservoir; △ West Kip (551 m); △ East Kip (534 m); △ Scald Law (579 m, sub-2000'); Logan Burn waterfall
Tough | Good, wide hill paths - steep near summits, a little wet on Red Road. Tarmac private road at start / end.

Route: Start - Redford Bridge - Red Road - West Kip - East Kip - Scald Law - The Howe - Logan Burn waterfall - Green Cleugh - Redford Bridge - start


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On our visit

Wildlife: 2020: hundreds of red grouse, sheep. 2014: swans and ducks on the reservoirs; sheep.
Weather: 2020: around freezing with moderate winds and fresh snow. Often sunny. 2014: sunny with scattered clouds, but cold and windy on the ridge.

Chronological photo guide

[Threipmuir Reservoir]

[Track above Redford Bridge]

[Hare Hill]

[Red grouse]

[Red Road]

[Scald Law & the Kips]

[West Kip]

[West Kip]

[West Kip]

[Looking into Midlothian from West Kip]

[Southwest end of the Pentlands from West Kip]

[View ahead to East Kip]

[West Kip from East Kip]

[Skier on East Kip, Firth of Forth in the distance]

[The Kips from Scald Law]

[Carnethy Hill from Scald Law]

[Loganlee Reservoir]

[Green Cleugh]

[Green Cleugh]

[Waterfall in Green Cleugh]

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