Corstorphine Hill

This is a long thin area in the west of the city, bordering the Zoo. It’s a Local Nature Reserve, managed by the City of Edinburgh Council, and is mostly wooded, with some steep slopes to the east, and open grassy areas on the western side. There are lots of rock features throughout the area. The southern extension to the map is less rocky, a mixture of open and wooded terrain. There’s a good path network throughout.

Parking: There are 2 options depending on the course (see below)

A) On or near Clermiston Road North  EH4 7BL Grid Ref NT201749 What3words: input.pencil.little

B) On Cairnmuir Road EH12 6LP Grid Ref NT205735


Woodland with some open fields; good path network and good rock and contour detail.

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A simple course for beginners and           families with small children (from Start A)

The area is well used by the public, including dog walkers, mountain bikers and the occasional horse riders.

There are some steep slopes and rocky areas which are easily avoided, and the path network in the wood is deceptively complex

There are 2 Starts – A in the north accessed from Clermiston Road North and B in the south accessed from Cairnmuir Rod






Harder; not all controls are on paths  (from Start A)





 This course requires accurate map  reading and distance judgment through the complex terrain  (from Start A)





Similar to course 1  (from Start B)





Similar to course 2 (from Start B)


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Further Information
Region: Scotland
Nearest Town: Edinburgh
Postcode: EH4 7BN
Carpark: EH4 7BN
Forest & more rural
Suitable for beginners
Suitable for intermediate orienteerers
Suitable for advanced orienteerers
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Corstorphine Hill - view W in summer , Credit: Crawford Lindsay
Corstorphine Hill - top of the hill in winter , Credit: Crawford Lindsay
Corstorphine Hill - south end of the hill in winter , Credit: Crawford Lindsay
Corstorphine Hill , Credit: Crawford LindsayTower
Corstorphine Hill - south end of the hill in summer , Credit: Crawford Lindsay
Corstorphine Hill - rocky ground , Credit: Crawford Lindsay
Corstorphine Hill southern extension , Credit: Crawford Lindsay
Maps Available From

Maps packs (paper or digital) can be obtained by emailing ESOC. Donations will be welcome via online banking (details on request)

They are also available from The Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centre. Tel: 0131 529 2401 or email: to check opening hours.

VOC Details

The following VOCs (using the POC posts) are available as Maprun courses on a mobile phone (see table in main information panel for course details). Full instructions for accessing/using the MAPrun software can be found here

There is a 2-step process

1. On MaprunF or Maprun6 click on Select Event then navigate to UK->Scotland->Edinburgh->Corstorphine Hill and then select the Course you want (See table below). Click on Go to Start to see map on your phone

2. Download map as a PDF from the Scottish Orienteering website, link for each course in the table below. Print this off to carry with you.


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Corstorphine POC Course 1



Corstorphine POC Course 2



Corstorphine POC Course 3



Corstorphine POC Course 4



Corstorphine POC Course 5



Corstorphine POC Scatter PCAS


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