Hillend Park

This is an area of open hillside adjacent to the Midlothian Snowsports Centre. (Skiing and other activities also available). There is some woodland on the east side, and extensive gorse patches on lower slopes. Otherwise the terrain is mainly rough grass, with heather higher up. There are excellent views over the city from the higher slopes, which are part of the Pentland Hills Regional Park.

Parking: Upper car park for the Snowsports Centre. EH10 7DT Grid Ref: NT244667 What3words:twig.shape.boring


The open hillside on the Pentland Hills; steep terrain.

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A simple course for beginners or families with small children

All courses have steep slopes in parts.

Red-hatched areas of Snowsports activity must be avoided at all times

Thick summer vegetation could make some paths difficult to follow in the green-hatched areas.





Similar to Course 1 but longer and with more height to climb.





Similar to course 2 but longer and with more height to climb.

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Region: Scotland
Nearest Town: Edinburgh
Postcode: EH10 7DT
Carpark: EH10 7DT
Forest & more rural
Suitable for beginners
Suitable for intermediate orienteerers
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Evening event at Hillend , Credit:Crawford Lindsay
Hillend - view towards Caerketton , Credit: Crawford Lindsay
Credit: Walter Clark
Credit: Walter Clark
Credit: Walter Clark
Credit: Walter Clark
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,

Cammo Estate or The Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centres. Tel: 0131 529 2401 or email: naturalheritageservice@edinburgh.gov.uk to check opening hours.

The Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend, Tel: 0131 445 4433, email ski@midlothian.gov.uk.

Other Things to do in the Area

Skiing and other activities at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre.

Walking in the Pentland Hills.

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 www.scottish-orienteering.org/get-involved/pocs/

There is a 2-step process

1. On MaprunF or Maprun6 click on Select Event then navigate to UK->Scotland->Edinburgh->Hillend 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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Hillend Yellow



Hillend Orange



 Hillend Green


To find out more about the colour-coded course names see this A-Z Jargon buster

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