Third Time Lucky
Well it was 3rd time lucky with the Pentlands Two Cairns walk. We turned back on our 1st attempt due to high winds and our 2nd attempt never even saw us cross to the south of the Forth (we ended up at Blairadam the weather was so bad). Fortunately this time we were blessed with a cold, dry, breezy day, though recent snow melt meant that the underfoot conditions were soggy to say the least.
We started from Harperrigg Reservoir and headed round the reservoir and then up the Thief's Road (now called the Cross Borders Drove Route) to East Cairn the highest summit in Edinburgh. At 567m its is also one of the highest of the Pentland tops. Amazing cairn structure at the "not quite the summit" which gave us some shelter from the cold north wind. The actual summit of East Cairn was exceptionally unremarkable with not so much as a pile of stones! We then headed across to West Cairn, the highest summit in West Lothian. It's summit was crowned with a cairn and a trig point. Off path descent off the hill and across tussocky moorland back to Harperrigg.
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