Nine Mile Burn - North Esk Reservoir - East Cairn Hill - Back

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Nine Mile Burn - North Esk Reservoir - Borestane - East Cairn Hill

A walk of reasonable gradient with a short, sharp section at the Norh Esk Reservoir and with a wide variety of interest, climbing to an exceptional viewpoint with a 360-degree panorama and the largest cairn of many in the Pentlands. Although the return is by the same route it is visually different. The area of the North Esk Reservoir is a sanctuary and breeding area for many birds and on the moors there are opportunities to see grouse and in winter, deer.

Scotland - Central Scotland - Midlothian - Pentland Hills


Ancient Monument, Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Wildlife
8/18/2015 - Tom and Joyce Kay

The Buteland finger on the RoW sign post at Spittal Farm entrance (NT174 574) is broken and missing. The Spittal Farm sign still in place.

11/6/2014 - Tom and Joyce Kay

On the odd occasion when the NMB car park area is full it is practical to start the walk from the public car park (NT 161 559) in Carlops Village. Leave the car park and cross the main road diagonally left to the metalled track signed 'Buteland' and Carlophill farm. Remain on this track to reach N Esk Reservoir at waymark 3. Although not so interesting there is a saving in climbing of over 100 metres on the in and back route. There is little difference in the walk distance.

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