Gladhouse Reservoir

Situated not far south from Edinburgh this walk follows lanes and tracks to complete a circuit of Gladhouse Reservoir. The reservoir is home to many bird species depending on the season.

Technical sheet

A Midlothian walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Last update : 12/09/16
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 8.06 km
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    Calculated time: 2h25 
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    Difficulty: Easy

  • ∞
    Return to departure point: Yes
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    Vertical gain: + 29 m
  • ↘
    Vertical drop: - 28 m

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    Highest point: 306 m
  • ▼
    Lowest point: 271 m
  • ⚐
    District: Midlothian 
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    Start/End: N 55.778524° / W 3.111085°

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(S/E)The start is on the north-eastern shore of the reservoir where a number of convenient parking areas are available (grid ref. NT304544). After parking walk 'clockwise' with the reservoir to your left and continue along the quiet road until it ends at Mauldslie (grid ref. NT309530).

(1)Here the road splits and you should turn right. Almost immediately take the track on your left heading across fields in a south-easterly direction. Continue along this track for just over 600 metres passing a small plantation on your left to reach a junction of tracks (grid ref. NT306524).

(2)Turn right here and follow the clear track passing Huntly Cottage on your left (grid ref NT301526). Keep straight ahead here ignoring the track coming in from the right and continue to Moorfoot (grid ref. NT297523).

(3)Here walk through the gap between the buildings and join the lane, which heads north. After just under a mile you reach a T-junction (grid ref. NT284531). Turn right along this busier road to take the first road on your right and continue to follow this crossing the dam and your parked car.


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 277 m - Start: Gladhouse reservoir car park
  2. 1 : km 1.9 - alt. 291 m - Mauldslie: turn right
  3. 2 : km 2.61 - alt. 306 m - Junction: turn right
  4. 3 : km 3.78 - alt. 286 m - Moorfoot: take lane north
  5. S/E : km 8.06 - alt. 278 m - Finish: Gladhouse reservoir car park

Useful Information

Gladhouse Reservoir is located in the Moorfoot Hills to the south of Edinburgh. The walk is easy, using tracks and quiet country roads. The route follows a clockwise circuit of the reservoir and some care is needed with navigation along the tracks to the south of the reservoir. The reservoir is home, depending on the season, to a number of birds so taking a pair of binoculars might be useful.

Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.

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