The Pentland Hills Regional Park is a living, working landscape, which offers great opportunities to experience and enjoy the outdoors. See our Pentland Map.
With 10,000 hectares of countryside and 100km of paths, the Regional Park is a great place to come walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing and orienteering.
Public transport allows visitors the opportunity to start at one side of the park and finish at the other. The Regional Park is home to The Pentland Hills Ranger Service who are at hand to offer daily information and guidance: provide events, guided walks and biodiversity surveys and undertake school and community group visits.
You will find all our paths have markers on them to help you stay on the right track. In addition to this there are 4 walks through the hills that are clearly marked by coded posts. Details of which Lothian bus to get from Edinburgh city centre to these walks are included below and on our Bus Route Guide:
Capital View Walk
From Hillend look out for the Castle posts for this fairly strenuous 3 mile walk which takes between 1 and 2 hours. Take in the magnificent views across Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Bus numbers 4, 15 or 15A to Hillend.
Glencorse View Walk
An easy walk of 2 and a half miles which should take an hour and a half. From Flotterstone Visitor Centre follow the Heron marked posts. Head along the Glencorse burn to the reservoir. Watch out for bird life on the way. This route uses MacEwen’s buses from Edinburgh City - number 100 or X100 to Flotterstone.
Harlaw Woodland Walk
From Balerno walk up Harlaw Road for a mile to Harlaw Farm, turn right and at the end of the road you’ll find a car park. The Harlaw Woodland Walk starts here. Follow the Squirrel marked posts for 2 miles around the reservoir, enjoying a variety of woodland scenes. Especially alive in Spring and Autumn. Bus numbers 44 or 44A to Balerno.
Torduff Water Walk
This walk starts at Bonaly Country Park for a short 2-mile route around moorland and reservoirs. Torduff reveals much of its Victorian legacy and water birds are regularly seen. Don’t fail to check out the magnificent view across Edinburgh and beyond on the return trip! Bus numbers 10 or 16 to Bonaly.
The Pentlands also has 2 visitor centres open to the public:
Harlaw Visitor Centre
The centre has information about the Pentlands Regional Park and plays host to many family events. Opening Hours are: Monday – Friday: 11am to 3.30pm. Saturday & Sunday: 11.30am – 3pm.
There is a public toilet available inside the visitor centre with disabled access. The toilet is open outwith centre opening hours (Visitor Centre front door is unlocked 24/7 for access to toilet).
Flotterstone Visitor Centre
Flotterstone is located just off the A702 Biggar Road, turning at the Flotterstone Inn. The centre is open 7 days a week from 9.30am to 4pm. Public toilets are available and they are open outwith centre hours.
For a fantastic family day out, head to the Pentlands!