Allan Ramsay Yellow Trail

Walking Route

Allan Ramsay Yellow Trail


From the The Allan Ramsay Hotel walk along the road to Carlops Church and just past the village hall take the track marked Carlophill Farm on the immediate right.

Part way up, on the left is a small metal gate that leads to Jenny Barry’s Cave (Jenny Barry was one of the infamous Carlops witches).

The name Carlops is said to derive from Carlin’s Loup (or witches jump) where Jenny and fellow local witch Mause (who features in The Gentle Shepherd play) were said to jump between the high Carlops Rocks at midnight. The Carlops Rocks can be seen across from the Church and Mause’s Cottage can be found just past the Rocks.

The ground close to Jenny Barry’s cave can be boggy, making it difficult to access. So you can proceed up the brae following the signposts to North Esk Reservoir. There is a double bend at Fairliehope Farm – stay on the trail and continue uphill, the trail skirts the front of the reservoir then proceeds up hill again on the other side and then returns southwards downhill towards the main road. Take a right at the T-junction and follow the Roman road and return to The Allan Ramsay Hotel for refreshments.

Please allow at least 2 hours 18 minutes to complete it, excluding the time taken to enjoy the destinations along the way.

6mi / 9.5km
Total climb:
1,017ft / 310m
Total descent:
1,017ft / 310m
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What you'll see

The Allan Ramsay Hotel - Penicuik


The Allan Ramsay Hotel is one of Scotland's oldest coaching inns located in the village of Carlops at the foot of the Pentland Hills only…

Jenny Barry's Cave - Carlops

Nature & Animals

Jenny Barry was reputed to be one of the two witches or 'carlins' from which the village of Carlops takes its name.

North Esk Reservoir - Penicuik

Nature & Animals

One of the four reservoirs in the Pentlands regional park.