Corstorphine Hill

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Corstorphine Hill Local Nature Reserve is in the northwest of Edinburgh, 531 feet (161 metres) high. It is bounded by Queensferry Road in the north and Corstorphine Road in the south. Edinburgh Zoo sits on the southerly slope outside the area of the LNR. This predominantly woodland site is 76ha, where you will find mostly oak and birch. You will also see areas of open ground consisting of bare rock, and grassland. Whilst out exploring Corstorphine Hill You may see foxes, badgers and buzzards and look closely for nationally and regionally important flora like small balsam, lords and ladies, spring beauty and common spotted orchid.

You can enjoy many great views: On a clear day you can see the summit of Ben Lomond in the west, exceptional views of the Forth Estuary and Fife to the north, to the east central Edinburgh, the Lammermuir Hills and flatter terrain of East Lothian and to the south the rolling backdrop of the Pentland Hills. The Hill is a Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphologic Site (RIGS) because the rocks and other interesting landforms are easily accessible. This complements earlier designations of Edinburgh's Green Belt, Area of Great Landscape Value, Nature Conservation Site and Listed Wildlife Site. Corstorphine Hill Tower (also known as Clermiston Tower or the Scott Tower) is a memorial to Sir Walter Scott. You may also find up-markings on the west slopes of the Hill. They were probably part of a sacred landscape of Neolithic or Bronze Age (c3600-1500 BC), but their precise purpose remains unknown. Artefacts were also found nearby.

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Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Lothian, Scotland, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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Corstorphine Hill Lnr, Scott Tower, Clermiston Tower, Corstorphine Hill Local Nature Reserve

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Address: Countryside Ranger Service, Hermitage House, Hermitage of Braid, 69a Braid Road, Edinburgh, EH10 6JF, UK
Phone: +44 131 447 7145
Email: countrysiderangers@edinburgh.gov.uk

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