Allermuir Hill and Swanston

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Allermuir Hill is the nearest of the major Pentlands summit to Edinburgh and offers stunning views both over the city and into the heart of the range. The route ascends by the ski-slopes of the Midlothian Snowsports centre and returns via the picturesque thatched village of Swanston.


Hill paths; some rough and wet sections

Public Transport

Bus to Hillend / Snowsports centre.


Lower car park below the snowsports centre. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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