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The Pentland Hills: An Introduction

Poetry & Art

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The Pentland Hills have historically been a source of inspiration to some of Scotland's most celebrated artists, poets and authors. 

Allan Ramsay - based The Gentle Shepherd at Habbie's Howe near Carlops.

Robert Ferguson - perhaps Robert was thinking of the Pentlands in his wintery poem, The Daft Days.

Sir Walter Scott - took inspiration from Carnethy Hill describing,

"I think I never saw anything more beautiful then
the ridge of Carnethy against a clear frosty sky,
with its peaks and varied slopes.
The hills glowed like purple amethyst;
the sky glowed topaz and vermillion colours.
I never saw a finer screen than Pentland,
considering that it is neither rocky or elevated."

Robert Louis Stevenson - residing at his summer home at Swanston, Robert used the Pentland Hills in numberous peoems at the beginning and end of his literally life.

Will H Ogilvie - took inspiration from the Pentlands to write, 'In Pentland Wine'.

For more information about these and many more Scottish writers, visit the Writers Museum in Lady Stairs Close, Edinburgh.

Today they are inspirational to a generation of digital photographers, web artists, storytellers and poets. Pentland Inspirations Art and Photographic Competition, run by Pentland Hills Ranger Service, gives the opportunity for amateur artists and photographers to exhibit their art through Edinburgh, the Lothians and South Lanarkshire. The winning entrants from 2010's competition can be viewed on the City of Edinburgh Council's website.