Safety in the Pentlands
The Pentland Hills, being low lying and close to roads are relatively safe and very few incidents occur. Walkers occasionally suffer from injuries resulting from a slip or heart problems but the distance from roads means that they are quickly and easily evacuated from the hills. Mountain Bikers often fall and suffer injuries. Bikers using the Hills in winter should take warm and waterproof clothing, in case they become immobilised.
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland website provides sound advice to ensure your safety in the hills.
Perhaps the greatest dangers in the Hills are the 13 reservoirs especially when they freeze over and tempt people to walk onto the ice. The Natural Heritage Service adheres to a strict Ice Safety Plan, notifying the police, fire brigade, local schools and Radio Forth1 when ice has formed on the reservoirs. Do not venture onto the ice. If someone has fallen in, contact the emergency servies immediately.
If you do get into difficulties in the Regional Park, please contact the Regeional Park Headquaters on 0131 447 7145 or Duty Ranger on 07798 505301. You may be directed to a mobile or emergency number during out of office hours.
If it is an emergency please contact the emergency service immediately, dialling 999.