Adult Trips

Archaeological Walk in the Pentland Hills

This is a one day walk in the Pentland Hills which rise immediately to the south of Edinburgh providing excellent hill-walking within easy reach of the city and hosts 12 ancient monuments. For outdoor enthusiasts who are keen to learn more about their surroundings, this is a unique guided experience that teaches individuals how to engage with their environment beyond simply a walk in the hills.  Points of interest will include the ancient history and remains of the Pentland Hills from the Bronze Age through to the 17th Century with an introduction to key hill walking skills.


You will meet at Flotterstone’s car park at 10am to embark on  a leisurely 10-11km (5-6 hours) hill walk, taking in the archaeology and ecology of the Pentland hills. There is a pub at the end of the walk for anyone who would like to stop for an after-hill dinner and refreshments.


“I think I never saw anything more beautiful then
the ridge of Carnethy against a clear frosty sky,
with its peaks and varied slopes.
The hills glowed like purple amethyst;
the sky glowed topaz and vermillion colours.
I never saw a finer screen than Pentland,
considering that it is neither rocky or elevated.” Sir Walter Scott


Your guides:

Meg received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, focusing on classics and landscape archaeology. As a keen hillwalker and climber, she has always been interested in combining her love for archaeology within the outdoor experience in order to create a well-rounded and engaging day out. After years of teaching in a classroom it is exciting to take the learning into the outdoors.

Bex is a keen outdoor enthusiasts and has been working in the outdoors for the last 10 years. Bex is a qualified Mountain Leader as well as having a host of other qualifications. Working all over the UK, The UAE, Kenya and Oman, she is now based in Glasgow and loves travelling all over the UK to work on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. As well as being really passionate about the outdoors, Bex is also a singer song writer and takes her guitar everywhere.


Experienced instructor/experts: Bex and Meg

Safety kits

Not included/please bring:
Personal kit (a kit list will be sent to you)

Personal medication

Food & drink

Insect repellent

Group size: 4-10
*Covid 19 update: Organised and led outdoor mountain-related activity is exempt from the 6 from 2 restriction. Hand sanitizer should be used and social distancing will be in place where possible.



The cost for the whole day is £45 per person plus VAT (£54). Further information will be sent nearer the time. If you need accommodation we suggest booking accommodation as soon as possible. Accommodation in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas range from luxury hotels, pubs, self-catering lodges,  B&Bs, cottages or for the more budget conscious hostels and caravan/camp sites.