Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Blackford Hill and The Hermitage

map location


Nearest town: Edinburgh

Terrain description

Managed by the City of Edinburgh Council, this area offers surprising variety very close to the city centre. Blackford Hill itself has open grassland on the top, with steep craggy slopes to the north, west and south, mostly gorse-covered but with some ways through. The Royal Observatory is situated on the hill and there are panoramic views in all directions. The Hermitage of Braid, by contrast, is a wooded river valley, damp in places. The whole area is a Local Nature Reserve and has a good network of paths.
There is a permanent orienteering course here.
Used for local events (e.g. Saturday events or Fight with the Night).


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Blackford Hill from the west, Crawford Lindsay

Blackford Hill from the west

The top of Blackford Hill, Crawford Lindsay

The top of Blackford Hill

View south from the Observatory, Crawford Lindsay

View south from the Observatory