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The gorgeous land to the south of Scotland’s pretty capital, Midlothian is an absolute treat. Walks in Midlothian have something for everyone: stunning winter hill routes for discerning ridge-walkers, countryside ambles for all the family and pristine country parks for gentle strolls.

It was Sir Walter Scott who said he ‘never saw anything more beautiful than the ridge of Carnethy’ in the Pentland Hills. Some of the finest hikes in Midlothian explore this delightful landscape of domed summits and wild pastures. An adventure here rewards you with staggering views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.

Midlothian’s many reservoirs make for lovely circular routes, such as the scenic Gladhouse Reservoir, nestled at the base of the Moorfoot Hills. For a challenge, ramble up the rough moorland of Blackhope Scar, the region’s highest point at 2,136 feet (651 m). Your prize will be extensive views to the Pentlands and the Lammermuir Hills in the east. Wonderful.

Intermediate
02:08
3.83 mi
Intermediate
03:53
7.10 mi
Difficult
06:21
11.8 mi
Difficult
06:53
13.5 mi
Intermediate
03:30
7.64 mi
Intermediate
03:11
6.86 mi
Intermediate
01:18
3.06 mi
Intermediate
02:13
5.18 mi
Intermediate
02:37
4.57 mi
Easy
01:18
2.89 mi
Intermediate
03:12
6.28 mi
Intermediate
01:47
4.01 mi
Intermediate
01:54
4.52 mi
Intermediate
03:28
5.23 mi
Intermediate
02:20
5.55 mi
Intermediate
02:29
5.25 mi
Intermediate
02:55
6.04 mi
Intermediate
02:53
6.88 mi
Easy
01:31
3.56 mi
Intermediate
02:18
4.26 mi

Top 20 best walks and hikes in Midlothian

    1
    Intermediate
    02:08
    3.83 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    2
    Intermediate
    03:53
    7.10 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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  • 3
    Difficult
    06:21
    11.8 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    4
    Difficult
    06:53
    13.5 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    5
    Intermediate
    03:30
    7.64 mi
    2.2 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    6
    Intermediate
    03:11
    6.86 mi
    2.2 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    7
    Intermediate
    01:18
    3.06 mi
    2.3 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    8
    Intermediate
    02:13
    5.18 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    9
    Intermediate
    02:37
    4.57 mi
    1.7 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    10
    Easy
    01:18
    2.89 mi
    2.2 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Intermediate
    03:12
    6.28 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    12
    Intermediate
    01:47
    4.01 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    13
    Intermediate
    01:54
    4.52 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    14
    Intermediate
    03:28
    5.23 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    15
    Intermediate
    02:20
    5.55 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    16
    Intermediate
    02:29
    5.25 mi
    2.1 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    17
    Intermediate
    02:55
    6.04 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    18
    Intermediate
    02:53
    6.88 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    19
    Easy
    01:31
    3.56 mi
    2.3 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    20
    Intermediate
    02:18
    4.26 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

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