In the west of Edinburgh is Corstorphine Hill – 531 feet, 161 metres high – which is a long low wood-covered ridge overlooking the suburbs of Corstorphine, Blackhall Murrayfield and Balgreen. It’s a popular for runners, walkers and dogs but it has its very own literary links.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of skulduggery and adventure Kidnapped has David Balfour and Alan Breck say their final farewells looking overlooking the city, ‘We came the by-the-way over the hill of Corstorphine; and when we got near to the place called Rest-and-be-Thankful, and looked down on Corstorphine bogs and over to the city and the castle on the hill, we both stopped, for we both knew, without a word said, that we had come to where our ways parted.’ Now, there are four suggested places on Corstorphine Hill for where this might actually be but the ‘official’ one has benches on the hill giving a fantastic view to the castle and over the Old Town.
Not content with the world’s largest monument to a writer, Sir Walter Scott also has a tower. And it’s on Corstorphine Hill. Also known as Clermiston Tower or the Scott Tower it has buttresses, corbels, battlements and parapets galore. The Tower gives wonderful views and is sometimes open during summer months.
To find out more about Corstorphine Hill go to www.corstorphinehill.org.uk.