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Forth and Clyde


Edinburgh and Lothians
Edinburgh is fortunate among capital cities in having a mini-mountain, Arthur's Seat, right at its heart, set in green Holyrood Park. On the southern edge of the city lie the rolling Pentland Hills, where you can tread the summit ridges with marvellous views or explore the many reservoirs that stud these hills and are rich in birdlife. You can get there on foot by following the path along the Water of Leith, all the way from the shores of the Firth of Forth.

Only a little further away are country parks such as Vogrie, Almondell, Beecraigs and Roslin Glen, all providing fine recreation; and for an unusual and rewarding expedition try the walk from South Queensferry, in the shadow of the mighty Forth Bridges, along the shore to Crammond and back, passing historic Dalmeny House.

To the east is more fine coastline from Musselburgh through Aberlady to Gullane and Dirleton, and just inland are the small but distinctive hills of Berwick and Traprain Laws, offering great panoramas for relatively little effort.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley
Glasgow has stunning countryside on its doorstep. From country parks to scenic hills, from coastal trails to canal walkways, there are walks suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced walkers.

For an easy walk, be sure to visit one of the area's country parks. Choose from Gleniffer Braes amid the rolling countryside of Renfrewshire or Calderglen in East Kilbride, or head north to explore Mugdock Country Park near Milngavie.

Stay in Milngavie if you want a challenge - the famous West Highland Way starts here. This 140km route makes its way north, passing Loch Lomond, on its way to Fort William. The Campsie Fells offer relatively easy hillwalking within close proximity to the city. For a more energetic walk don't miss Tinto Hill in the heart of the Clyde Valley. The reward for the climb is a breathtaking view from the summit.

Experience the diversity of the area on the Greenock Cut, a 9km walk with panoramic views over the Firth of Clyde. Or try the canals, which once carried commerce between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and now give walkers space and easy strolling for many miles. A vast Millennium Link project is underway to fully restore them.

Within Great Glasgow and Clyde Valley, it can be easily seen that city and country are comfortable neighbours.


Edinburgh & Lothian Tourist Board: http://www.edinburgh.org
Greater Glasgow & Clyde Tourist Board: http://seeglasgow.com


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