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Blackford Hill and The Hermitage

RegionScotland
ClubEdinburgh Southern Orienteering Club
Nearest town Edinburgh
PostcodeEH10 6JF
Carpark locationAdjacent to the City Observatory, at the top of Observatory Road.

Available Maps

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.
The map has now been extended to the south to include part of the old golf course.

Terrain

Varied terrain with good path network, contour, vegetation and rock detail.  Some steep slopes.

Map Updated

2014

Suggested Courses

Course

Controls

Length (km)

Climb (m)

1

6

1.0

10

2

12

2.0

80

3

15

3.9

175

4

15

4.3

255

Maps Available From

Each map pack costs £2.50
They can be purchased directly from ESOC by sending £2.50 per pack, cheques payable to ‘ESOC’, to Janet Clark, 13 North West Circus Place, EDINBURGH, EH3 6SX.
0131 225 7771; email.

They are also available from Cammo Estate or The Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centres. Tel: 0131 529 2401 or email: naturalheritageservice@edinburgh.gov.uk to check opening hours.

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience
  • Green colour standard or above controls available for experienced orienteers