East Cairn Hill and Mount Maw circuit, near West Linton

This grand circuit follows the open ridges of the more remote Western Pentlands. There are superb views throughout, over the main Pentlands range, over Edinburgh and the Forth Bridges, and into the Borders. The return follows the Thieves' Road - an old cattle droving route.


Good going on grassy ridges over Mount Maw and the earlier half of the walk; much rougher and wetter on the heathery East Cairn Hill. Good going once more on the Thieves' Road.

Public Transport

None to start; bus service to West Linton, 4km from start.


Baddinsgill Farm. 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 Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

Users' reports

As well as reading our description of each walking route, you can read about the experiences of others users on this walk and others.
There are 5 user reports for this walk - click to read them.

Write your own report - there's £90 to win at Webtogs each month
  • Currently 3.50/5

User Rating
Log in to vote
Grade (key)

bog factorbog factorbog factor
Bog Factor (key)