Recreation near Rutherford House
There is a long tradition of walking in the Pentlands, and a great network of paths to be found. Sculpted by glaciers and water, then shaped by people over thousands of years the Pentland Hills are a haven for everyone. With around 10,000 hectares of countryside and over 100km of paths, there is plenty of space to escape and relax. Walking, horse riding, cycling, orienteering, as well as fishing, can all be enjoyed within the Regional Park. From the top of the hills you can see as far afield as Ben Lomond, the Borders and across the Firth of Forth.
Guests can access many lovely walks directly from the house through the surrounding countryside, including an old Roman road which you can stroll along running from Carlops through to Dolphinton.
Check out some of our walking routes here: http://www.westlinton.org.uk/walks
There are a number of tracks through the Pentlands where responsible cycling is welcome. Glentress and Innerleithen in the Tweed Valley have a huge reputation for some of the best mountain biking in the UK and beyond. Glentress to the South, is well known among keen cyclists, where a number of tracks of varying difficulty levels can be found. It probably the best mountain-biking centre in Britain with brilliant trails of all grades, a convenient cafe, a bike shop with bike hire, changing and showering facilities, and a great atmosphere. Innerleithen, situated just a few miles South- East of Glentress, is quite different from its better known sister – away from the hustle and bustle, it’s a venue for the more experienced rider.
Check out some of our cycle routes here: http://www.westlinton.org.uk/cycle/starter
West Linton Golf Course
West Linton is a moorland course set in the foothills of the Pentland Hills, 17miles South of Edinburgh.The surrounding countryside has spectacular views and this peaceful haven is a great place to let the pursuit of golf mix with nature. The club have won several environmental awards for the marriage of the course into the surrounding area. Previously a nine hole course, it was extended in 1972 to an 18 hole course, when surrounding land became available. It is now recognised as one of the finest courses in the area and is part of the James Braid Golf Trail. It is a 5 minute drive from us.
Swanston Golf Club
Swanston offers both an 18 hole golf course, and also has the added benefit of a separate 9 hole course which is ideal for those learning the game. It is around a 20 minute drive from us. – http://www.swanstongolf.co.uk/