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Edinburgh hike 'surprisingly rural'

Posted 23 February 2011
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Edinburgh hike 'surprisingly rural'
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A route covering two of Edinburgh's seven hills is surprisingly rural, it has been noted.

Featured as the latest Walk of the Week in the Scotsman newspaper, the route covers Blackford and Braid Hills, with only 100 yards of road in a route covering five and-a-half miles.

It starts and ends by Braid Burn and takes in woodland, golf courses and the two hilltops along the way, with both being topped by trig points.

The fact it is in a capital city seems "hard to believe", the article notes and those taking part may take care to ensure they have trekking poles and waterproof jackets.

From the tops of the hills, views can be enjoyed of the other summits in the city, including Arthur's Seat, while the higher Pentland Hills ring the city to the south.

Visitors to Glasgow will not be able to find such scenery within its boundaries, but from many of its buildings it is possible to see Ben Lomond, the southernmost Munro in Scotland.

Often referred to as Glasgow's Mountain, it is easily reached with a drive up to the banks of Loch Lomond.