GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Tinto Hill Walk

4 miles (6.4 km)

This popular walk climbs to Tinto Hill in theSouthern UplandsofScotland.
You can start the walk from the Tinto Hill car park just to the south west of Thankerton at Fallburn. The postcode is ML12 6PD for your sat navs. From here you can pick up footpaths heading south to Totherin Hill and Tinto Hill which stands at a height of 711m (2,333ft). At the summit you'll find the noteworthy "Tinto Cairn". With a diameter of 45m (148ft) and a height of 6m (20ft) it is one of the largestBronze Ageround cairns in Scotland. From here there are magnificent views over the surrounding hills and countryside.
After taking in the views you then descend on the same paths back to the car park.


ML12 6PD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Tinto Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Tinto Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Tinto Hill Tearoom is located very close to the start of the walk near the car park. The walker friendly tea room serves a delicious range of snacks and meals. It's the ideal place to warm up and rest after your exercise. You can find them on Carlisle Road, Thankerton, Biggar ML12 6PD.

Dog Walking

The walk is a good one for fit dogs and the tea rooms mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a few miles north west and you could enjoy a somewhat easier walk around Lanark Moor Country Park. Here there's a nice circular walk around the pretty Lanark Loch to enjoy.
The Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve is also nearby. Here you can enjoy woodlands, waterfalls and a walk along the River Clyde. You can also pick up the Clyde Walkway here.
To the south east there's some fine waterside walking at Megget Reservoir, Talla Reservoir, Camps Reservoir and St Mary's Loch to enjoy.


Car park at Fallburn - - 1257759

Car park at Fallburn

The path to Tinto Hill - - 1257407

The path to Tinto Hill. Leaving from the small car park at the foot of the hill.

Tinto path - - 1257742

Tinto path

Cairn, Totherin Hill - - 60590

Cairn, Totherin Hill

Paths rejoin near Tinto summit - - 1257697

Paths rejoin near the summit. The singular path to the Tinto summit is briefly split in two for a few hundred yards to this point here.

Tinto path from summit cairn - - 1257713

Path from summit cairn. Looking north.

The enormous cairn on Tinto summit - - 1058884

The enormous cairn on the summit. The trig point is behind the photographer. The summit cairn is a Bronze Age circular cairn, measuring some 43m in diameter and reputedly the largest summit cairn in Scotland. This explains the two heights quoted by the OS for the summit - 707m for the trig and 711m for the cairn.

From the side of the cairn on Tinto Hill - - 1257710

From the side of the cairn on Tinto Hill. Scaut hill can just about be made out behind the rocks of the cairn.


GPS Files

GPX File

Tinto Hill.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Tinto Hill.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)