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Daring Hiking Trails in Edinburgh

Conquer the daring trails in Edinburgh with an exciting spirit and experience the magnificent atmosphere. That will leave you intrigued by its challenging trails. Edinburgh provides tourists wonderful opportunities to see the city’s beauty from the highest point of the hiking mountains. Here is a list of the most daring hiking trails you should explore in Edinburgh.

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1. Seven Hills Trails

 Seven Hills Trails is one of the most daring trails in Edinburgh
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Some people say that Edinburgh has seven hills (but there are more), and every year, there is a race where people can run on all of them. This race is a mix of running on roads and hills in the countryside and the city, and it is about 22km long and goes up and down about 670m.

The race starts and ends at Calton Hill, and runners have to go through six places: the Castle, Corstorphine Hill, Craiglockhart Hill, Braid Hill, Blackford Hill, and the big hill called Arthur’s Seat. The race is for everyone, no matter how old or good they are at running. Some people finish the race in four hours, but the fastest person does it in one hour and 40 minutes.

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2. Scald Law Trails

Scald Law Trails is one of the most daring hiking trails in Edinburgh
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Scald Law Trails  The walk starts in the car park near the Flotterstone Inn and takes about five hours to finish. You can see the countryside and the water from the hills. East Kip and West Kip are very steep and challenging to walk on. But if you go to West Kip from the east side, it will be easier.

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3. Glencores Reservoir Trails

Glencores Reservoir Trails is one of the most daring hiking trails in Edinburgh
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The circular trail around Threipmuir Reservoir in Pentland Hills National Park takes you past Threipmuir and Glencore Reservoirs. Glencore Reservoir sits in a beautiful valley. People love fishing on the west side, where you can catch rainbow, blue, brook, and brown trout from March to October. It is excellent for both boat and bank fishing. Plus, there is plenty of room for wild swimming.

You can also explore other walks in the area, like the challenging West Kip, East Kip, and Scald Law route or the more accessible Flotterstone Inn to Glencore Reservoir trail.

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4. Threipmuir Reservoir Trails

Threipmuir Reservoir Trails is one of the most daring hiking trails in Edinburgh
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You can visit the Pentland Hills National Park if you like swimming in natural water. It is close to Edinburgh, only 40 minutes by car. There is a trail there that goes around the Threipmuir Reservoir. James Jardine made this reservoir long ago, between 1843 and 1848. The water has a lot of peat, making it warm sometimes. It can get up to 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer.

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5. Traprain Law Trails

Traprain Law Trails is one of the most daring hiking trails in Edinburgh
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Traprain Law is a 221-meter (725-foot) hill near Edinburgh in East Lothian. People lived there in the Iron Age. Archaeologists have dug up many things on this hill, like pieces of silver from Roman times. The mountain is easy to climb, and you can see much from the top. There are paths made of grass and rocks on the hill.

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6. Garleton Monument Trails

Garleton Monument Trails is one of the most daring trails in Edinburgh
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If you are interested in a short hike, visit the Garleton Hills near Gullane and North Berwick. You can park your car and walk up the hill on a clear path. When you reach the top, you can see the Hopetoun Monument (or Garleton Monument, as the locals call it). It was built to remember John Hope, the fourth Earl of Hopetoun, in 1824. If you are not afraid of high or narrow places, you can go up the 132 stone steps and see everything around you from the top.

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Conquering Hiking Trails in Edinburgh

Are you craving an adventurous experience in the wild nature? Edinburgh has you covered with fantastic hiking trails that will take your breath away. You are guaranteed a magnificent time in nature, so come along and conquer these daring hiking trails for an unforgettable experience. You can read more about wellness in Scotland here.

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