Explore the hills of Edinburgh

Suitable for


Group size


Ideal length

1 day

When to go

All year round


From £25pp

This adventure takes place near Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and one of the most lively cities in Europe. This is the perfect activity for those seeking a gentle 5 hours of walking, with beautiful views of the city and a guide who will share with you the amazing history of the area.

On the day you can expect your guide to pick you up from your accommodation and drive you the short journey to the hills. You'll leave behind the city and soon find yourself immersed in the Scottish countryside.

Your guide will show you areas of geological interest, share with you fun stories and you'll have all the time in the world to breathe in the fresh air and take in the views.

This is an excellent adventure because it's very easy to organise and requires minimal kit or fitness. We recommend you send the guide a booking request to agree a date. Adventure sorted!

Your guide

Al McGowan

Taking his cue from 'The Ascent of Rum Doodle', Al McGowan would describe himself as a mountaineer-scientist. As such his relationship with the hills and uplands has more to do with his work as a geologist, palaeontologist and life-long natural historian and that is what he aims to deliver to people through his guiding. Al is based in Edinburgh and is the perfect person for showing you the amazing natural surroundings of the city.

Additional info

We recommend you bring a waterproof jacket, a daypack for snacks and some walking boots (if you have them).

Please note you have to be 18 years or over to book this adventure (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Wilderness Now does not provide this activity. It acts as agent facilitating your entry into a contract in respect of this activity, which is provided by Al McGowan. 


  • Bespoke adventure for you or your group.
  • Kit for borrowing

Not Included

  • Meals/ drinks

How to get there

Car to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a 7.5 hour drive from London via the M6 or M1.

Train to Edinburgh

There is a direct service from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh which takes around 4hrs 20 mins.

Plane to Edinburgh

Direct flights from most London airports take 1hr 10 mins and can be an economical way of travelling to Edinburgh.

Where to stay

For a budget hostel experience try Edinburgh Central YHA, from £15/person (bunk) and £25/person (room). Call 0131 524 2090. 

For a boutique hotel experience try The Dunstane Hotel in Edinburgh, from £149/person. Call 0131 337 6169. 

Client reviews

Al is guaranteed to look after you well in the hills. With a great amount of hill experience and an deep knowledge of the hills, their wildlife, geology and folklore he not only makes for a competent leader but an interesting and entertaining one.

Tom (Edinburgh)

We had a mixture of sunshine/showers throughout the day but the main issue was the strong (and rather cold) wind which meant Alistair had to choose our stopping points carefully to ensure we didn’t get too cold. Alistair’s choice of lunch spot was just perfect, behind a big boulder to provide us with as much shelter as possible. Throughout the day he looked after the group well and kept a good balance between stopping to discuss different features that we passed and keeping us moving. Personally, I’d be very happy to spend a day on the hills with Alistair again. His engaging style and depth of knowledge makes for a very interesting day out. I felt safe and well looked after as an attendee at his workshops and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him to others in future.

Fiona (Glasgow)

Another hit yesterday, with a walk in the Pentlands in the company of colleagues and Al, a geologist & palaeontologist, based in the capital [Edinburgh]. Dr. McGowan provided the attendees with an insight in to the geology and physical geography of the Pentlands, his involvement in footpath construction on the range and also his participation in the “Carnethy 5 Hill Race”. This was an extremely informative day and any group wishing to expand on an outing in to the Pentlands might wish to consider using Al’s services.

Bert (Borders)
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