Here’s a quick blog about my latest book, 40 Coast and Country Walks: The Pentland Hills, Midlothian and East Lothian, published by @pocketmountains.
Think of East Lothian and Midlothian and a low-lying, predominantly rural landscape may well spring to mind. Yet on closer inspection it offers much, much more . For starters the Pentland Hills, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, rise to nearly 600m in height and grant some of the finest hillwalking in Scotland with a multitude of exemplary views extending from the summits and slopes. Our capital city, Fife, the Firth of Forth and the Southern Highlands are all visible from the likes of Caerketton and Scald Law.
To the east and the Lammermuir Hills may not have the same appeal as their near neighbours but they still offer some superb hillwalking options. Away from the big peaks and North Berwick Law, Traprain Law and the Garleton Hills make up for what they lack in height with a succession of incredible panoramas.
Even away from the high ground and East Lothian and Midlothian have lots to offer the walker. Lovely pockets of woodland, wildlife-rich country parks and a necklace of stunning beaches along the East Lothian coastline means the opportunities are as beautiful as they are varied.
Whether this be exploring the hills, moors and woodland, discovering idyllic towns and villages such as Gifford, North Berwick or Swanston, enjoying the views and wildlife along the coast or visiting historic sites at Athelstaneford and Roslin, it quickly becomes apparent that East Lothian and Midlothian are outstanding walking destinations.
The eastern fringes of Scotland are vastly under-rated when it comes to walking and hiking but the variety of routes, some of the finest scenery in the country, an intriguing and fascinating history and a incredible array of flora and fauna means west is not necessarily best; the east is an outdoor paradise.
40 Coast and Country Walks: The Pentland Hills, Midlothian and East Lothian, pb by Pocket Mountains.