Craiglockhart Hill is actually made up of two peaks – Easter and Wester – but together are generally referred to as the singular Craiglockhart Hill.
I climbed Craiglockhart only recently which finally ticked all Seven Hills of Edinburgh off my walking list! What I loved most about this walk was the Craiglockhart woods – there are beautiful trees, wild mushrooms and plenty of wildlife to enjoy. Being in such a built up area, it really feels like a world away from city life.
Close by is Craiglockhart Pond, which is within a small Nature Reserve, and offers the opportunity to see lots of birds, including moorhens, coots, swans, mallards and heron. There are a few benches dotted around the pond to sit and enjoy the view or have a picnic. There is also, interestingly, a small circle of tiny wooden chairs which offer hilarity. It’s like the perfect place for gnomes and fairies to have their afternoon tea!
Craighouse is an interesting building on the Easter Craiglockhart side. It is a historic, listed building and has had many uses over it’s lifetime. It was the home to many different families, in the 1880s it became an asylum and hospital, and in the 1990s it was owned by Edinburgh Napier University. Now, it is being redeveloped into residential apartments.
It only takes around 20 minutes to climb either hill, and you can wear trainers (although Wester is quite steep and can be muddy).
How to get there:
To get there, take the Lothian Bus service 4, 10, 27 or 45 to Colinton Road, to either the (area known as) Happy Valley stop in front the of the shops opposite the Edinburgh Leisure/Tennis Centre (the number 4 bus doesn’t stop here) or outside Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart Campus (the number 4 does stop here, as well as the other buses).
From Happy Valley, walk down Lockharton Cresent to the Craiglockhart Pond and Local Nature Reserve, and from there are paths leading to Easter Craiglockhart Hill (after walking around the pond to the right and passing the sports centre, the path climbs gently and when you get to the fork at the wall turn left and go up the stairs through the wood) and Wester Craiglockhart Hill (when you get to the fork at the wall turn right and go through the alleyway to Glenlockhart Road, cross over the road and there is a small opening in the wall/fence into the trees and follow the path around to the left and up).
From the Edinburgh Napier Craiglockhart Campus, walk down Glenlockhart Road and, to go to Easter Craiglockhart Hill, when you see the sign on the left side by the alleyway before the little stone house, go down the alley to the end of the wall and then turn right and go up the stairs through the woods. To go to Wester Craiglockhart Hill, on Glenlockhart Road, you’ll come to a small opening in the wall/fence on the right side of the road and follow the path through the trees around to the left and up the hill.