Corstorphine Hill LNR is in the northwest of Edinburgh is 76ha and rises to 162 metres. It is bounded by Queensferry Road in the north and Corstorphine Road in the south. Edinburgh Zoo sits on its southern slope.
This predominantly woodland site consists of mostly oak and birch. There are areas of open ground consisting bare rock and grassland. Whilst out exploring you may see foxes, badgers and buzzards. Look closely for nationally and regionally important flora like small balsam, lords and ladies, spring beauty and common spotted orchid.
On a clear day you can see 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 Pentland Hills.
The Hill is a Regionally Important Geological Site because the rocks and other landforms are easily accessible. This complements earlier designations of Green Belt, Area of Great Landscape Value, Nature Conservation Site and Listed Wildlife Site.
Corstorphine Hill Tower is a memorial to Sir Walter Scott. You will find cup-markings on the western 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.
There is a Friends of Corstorphine Hill group who look after Corstorphine Hill. They organise practical activities, run guided walks and deliver evening talks. The Friends have restored the Walled Garden which is open to the public every day.