GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Harlaw Reservoir

2 miles (3 km)

This easy walk visits Harlaw Reservoir, near Edinburgh. The site is located near Balerno, about 8 miles south-west of the city centre. It's a lovely, peaceful area with nice views of the surrounding Pentland Hills.
The reservoir has a nice 2 mile footpath running around the perimeter. You can park at the visitor centre car park at the northern end of the water. From here it is a short stroll to the footpath which runs through the waterside woodland. You can extend the walk by heading along the footpath to the adjacent Threipmuir Reservoir.
To continue your exercise, simply head to Balermo and pick up the Water of Leith Walkway. It's a great way to explore the city on a well surfaced cycling and walking trail.
If you'd like to continue your reservoir walking then you could head towards Livingston and visit Cobbinshaw Reservoir where there's some lovely views and wildfowl to look out for. Just to the east you will find the Pentland Hills visitor centre at Flotterstone. From here you can enjoy a walk along the Glencorse Burn to Glencorse Reservoir.

Harlaw Reservoir Postcode

EH14 7AS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Harlaw Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Harlaw Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Photos

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Harlaw Reservoir 1. Seen from the top of the dam at Threipmuir Reservoir. Note the fisherman in the middle of the reservoir - suggesting that it isn't very deep at that point.

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Harlaw Reservoir 2. The reservoir was built between 1843 and 1848 for the City of Edinburgh Water Company. It is stocked with rainbow trout and is a popular venue for anglers and walkers alike.

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Harlaw Reservoir 3. View of the east arm of the reservoir. The water is kept intentionally low as part of the Water of Leith flood prevention scheme.

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Dam at the northern end of the water

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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