Waterheads, Opposite 'Fala Toll'

A703 (Just before Eddleston Village) · Eddleston

How to find us

We'll meet at Fala Toll bus stop (A green wooden hut)


Come join me on one of my all time favourite jaunts round Portmore Loch. The loch sits in over 100 acres of beautiful natural setting within a remote area of the private Portmore Estate. Its idyllic natural setting, and rich ecosystem, make it a favourite spot for fishermen... and for us walkers too, of course!

We begin with a modest climb up a country road before enjoying our walk round the loch and then a very gradual incline into the hills where we'll observe some stunning views. The next section of the walk is through fairly rugged/open moorland before we walk down towards a large sprawling farm.

Near the end of the walk we'll have a lovely woodland walk before reaching a very tranquil scenic pond and a few pretty little cottages.

Unfortunately the Scots Pine Tea-room has closed which means we can't end with a wee refreshment there 😀. However we can still catch our bus home from opposite there (or back to cars)


*🚌BUS: X62 - leaves Edinburgh Bus Station (gate E) at 12:30. Arrives 1:25pm. Ask the driver to let you off at FALA TOLL. (The green wooden bus shelter)
*🚙CAR: Take A703 through Penicuik.
* About 3 miles out of Penicuik (at the Leadburn Inn) the A703 road is crossed by the A6094 on the left and the A701 on the right.
* Stay on the A703 but keep your eyes skinned.
* Just under 3 miles from the Inn you come to a minor left turn.
* On the right side opposite there is a road sign 'Temple 7miles - Gorebridge 10 miles' - on the left is our start point (a green wooden bus shelter - known as Fala Toll).
* Park where you can.

*🚌 BUS: People who've travelled down by bus can get the HOURLY (Ten minutes past the hour) bus back to Edinburgh from opposite The Scots Pine Tea-room.
*🚙 CAR: Those who've left their cars at Fala Toll can take the bus (above) back to the start point. (Drivers might consider arranging with another driver to leave a car at each end of the walk)

* Distance: 5.5 mile walk with some modest climbs
* Attire: Dress to suit the weather and wear comfy walking shoes/boots
* Break: Bring a snack
* Dogs: Welcome
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