GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Harperrig Reservoir

1 miles (1 km)

This walk visits Harperrig ReservoirinWest Lothian near the Pentland Hills. There's nice easy footpaths running along the tranquil waters with fine views to the surrounding countryside and hills.
You can start the walk at the car park at the western side of the water. Here you can enjoy views of the Water of Leith and the ruins of Cairns Castle which dates back to 1440.
The area is also good for wildlife spotting with various wildfowl and the Eurasian otter to look out for.

Postcode

EH27 8DH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the west you'll find more nice trails around Cobbinshaw Reservoir.
If you head towards Edinburgh there's Harlaw Reservoir and Threipmuir Reservoir. Here you'll find a visitor centre and circular footpath around the reservoir. To the east of here there's the Flotterstone Glencorse Reservoir as well.
Head north towards Livingston and there's the pretty Eliburn Reservoir in Eliburn Park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Pentland Hills Walks page.

Photos

Baad Park and Harperrig reservoir. - geograph.org.uk - 97173

Baad Park and Harperrig reservoir. The reservoir was created in 1860 as part of a scheme to improve the supply of drinking water toEdinburgh.

Cairns Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1763111

Cairns Castle. The tower was built to control traffic using the important Cauldstane Slap pass. Today the pass is only defended by keep out signs.

Water of Leith - geograph.org.uk - 750856

Water of Leith. Looking upstream from where the river enters the Harperrig reservoir.

Low water at Harperrig Reservoir, from Auchinoon - geograph.org.uk - 649231

Low water at Harperrig Reservoir, from Auchinoon. The reservoir is one of a series on the Water of Leith used to manage the water levels downstream to Edinburgh

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Harperrig Reservoir.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)