|Edinburgh and the Pentland hills from Corstorphine Hill|
Corstorphine Hill is one of the seven hills on which Edinburgh is allegedly built. It fosters Edinburgh Zoo to the south and is mostly forested with broad leave trees. Stones quarried from the hill were used to build a lot of houses in Edinburgh,
|From one angle this was a fish|
The hill also includes a permanent set of orienteering courses with a range of difficulties. You can get more details from the Friends of Corstorphine Hill Website.
When I walked the hill recently I found more fallen trees that resembled animals than I have previously seen in any one place.
Geology: the bones of the Giant
In Norse mythology the world was formed from the bones of a dead giant, and on Corstorphine hill the bones are a little easier to see poking through thin layers of vegetation.
|The Wind blasts trees into striking shapes|
There is a walled garden on the hill, the wall being made from the stones of the hill, which, for those who know what to look for, shows the geology of the hill in miniature, including plant fossils and trace fossils of ancient worms.
Archaeology: A blast from the past
|A prancing deer in wood|
Artefacts have also been found: A collection, made before 1894, from a kitchen midden on Corstorphine Hill, included shells, bone implements, hammer stones, cup-marked stones, part of a quern and pottery fragments.
Hills are always good places to defend in troubled times and is is likely the hill once boasted a hillfort.
|Flowers on the Hill|
Corstorphine Hill is a nature reserve and regionally important geological site. It is an excellent place for a relaxing afternoon away from the crowds in the centre and the Zoo and nearby Corstorphine Village provide livelier entertainment including Giant Pandas while Corstorphine Village has good places to eat and frequent bus links to town.
It is not hard to get to the hill from the Badjao Bed and Breakfast or the city centre. Just don't expect to see too many badgers during the day. They are shy creatures.
http://www.corstorphinehill.org.uk/index.htm Friends of Corstorphine Hill.
http://www.corstorphinehill.org.uk/pdfs/wall_story_geological.pdf The story behind the wall