PENTLAND HILLS, BRAID HILLS & BRAIDBURN VALLEY WALKS

Despite being only minutes from the bustling centre of Edinburgh we have the best of both worlds at Best Western Braid Hills Hotel. Surrounding the hotel we have some of Edinburgh’s oldest golf courses and great historic local walks and parks.

Braidburn Valley Park

Located adjacent to the hotel Braidburn Valley Park has been a public park since 1933. The Park is a steep grassy valley cut in two by the Braid Burn which flows north from the Pentland Hills to the Firth of Forth.

The Park covers 11 hectares making it the fourth biggest Community Park in Edinburgh. In 2007, it was awarded Scotland’s first Green Flag for excellence in parks. The Park is open to the public 24 hours a day. It is popular for dog walking, informal sports and relaxing – whether it is playing hide and seek, enjoying a summer picnic or seeing cherry blossoms.

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Pentland Hills

For guests looking for a longer route (half day or full day walks/hikes), the Pentland Hills offer fantastic views of the historic city and surrounding area.

The Pentland Hills are almost as  famous for the geology as the scenery.

The Pentland Hills are a special place, a magnificent backdrop to the City of Edinburgh that can be seen and recognised from miles away. It is hard to imagine that the story of these hills starts south of the Equator more than 400 million years ago at the bottom of a long-lost ocean; and that later this area became a desolate volcanic landscape subject to ferocious eruptions and clouds of volcanic ash; and that until quite recently it was repeatedly covered by glaciers. How do we know this? How do we know that the Pentland Hills have not always been here, or looked as they are today? We know this from the rocks on the hillsides, in the streams, making up the walls, and on the paths you tread. Every rock is an important clue and helps us understand the past.

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H​ermitage of Braid

A very short stroll from the hotel main entrance will take you to the Hermitage of Braid conservation area.

Hermitage of Braid is home to Old Hermitage House and its Visitor Centre. Other attractions include the Ice House, the Doocot within the walled garden and a pump system along the burn which was used to provide running water to the House. The reserve has held a Green Flag since 2011 in recognition of it being a quality greenspace.

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Walking routes available on walkhighlands.co.uk

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lothian/blackford-hill.shtml

Braid Hills Short Route

Ideal for guests who would like to appreciate the views of Edinburgh and enjoy some of the local country walks available in under 3 miles –

Braid Hills Walking Route available on walkhighlands.co.uk

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lothian/braid-hills.shtml