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Harlaw Circular: The Kips and Scald Law (Pentland Hills)

This is a long, circular walk in the northern Pentlands, beginning and ending in Balerno. A good level of fitness is necessary. Appropriate all-weather clothing and good boots are absolutely essential, and bring some food and water.

Length 20km (12.5 miles)

Ascent 496m

Duration around 6 hours including break

Map OS Explorer 344

The walk

Starting in Balerno, we soon skirt the western sides of first Harlaw, then Threipmuir Reservoir, before heading south for the hills along the Red Road. Reaching the foot of West Kip (551m), we will climb this hill and its neighbour, East Kip (534m), before heading on to the highest top in the Pentlands, Scald Law (579m).  Descending from Scald Law, we turn left onto the kirk road and drop steeply to The Howe.  We'll take a well deserved break here before following the valley alongside Loganlee reservoir and onwards around Glencorse reservoir until we reach our last uphill stretch of the day through the Maidens Cleuth.  The final stage is a gentle descent returning towards Harlaw, and from there we make our way back to Balerno.

Important information

Walkers are responsible for their own safety, and no member or organizer from the group can be held responsible in case of any mishap.

By signing up for this walk you are understood to have agreed to these terms.

Getting there

Catch Lothian Bus 44 which runs every 10 mins. Check the online timetable for stopping points and times. A single ticket is £1.50, a Dayticket £3.50 - no change given!

After going through Currie, the bus turns left at traffic lights, off the main road, to enter Balerno. It passes Balerno High School on the left, then the bus turns left again into Bavelaw Road, and the correct stop is just after a Co-op shop on the left. (If in doubt, ask the driver to drop you near the Co-op in Balerno.)

If travelling by car, you can park at the Harlaw car park and we will meet you at the rangers' centre around 11:30AM.  It's also possible to park opposite the meet up point in Balerno if you wish to do the full walk.

Facilities & Dogs

There is one public toilet (queues are likely!) at the Harlaw Rangers' Centre, which we shall pass at the beginning and end.  Those who don't leave the group at Harlaw are invited to join me for a drink afterwards in the Grey Horse pub in Balerno.

Dogs are welcome on this walk, but must be under control at all times and on a short lead when sheep are around.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    only slightly spoilt by excessive sunshine!

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If we ignore the incessant rain it was a very enjoyable jaunt!!!!

    May 18, 2013

  • Vivian M.

    Hi Allan, thanks for the warning. I hope you catch your flight.

    May 15, 2013

  • Sharon

    Thanks Alan.

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another walk to look forward too .. wonderful! Cant wait ...

    May 11, 2013

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