The Hermitage of Braid & Blackford Hill Local Nature Reserve

The Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Local Nature Reserve is an area of natural beauty in Edinburgh, Scotland, managed by the City of Edinburgh Ranger Service.

The objectives of the Friends of the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill are:


  1. To conserve and enhance the landscape, biodiversity, and sustainable use of the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Local Nature Reserve.
  2. To engage and involve the local community in environmental issues and action, through information exchange, education and practical activities.

Friends of the Hermitage is a recognised charity governed by an agreed constitution.

Walled Garden project has started

The Ground Breaking Ceremony took place on 23rd February. Follow the progress and find out how you can help on our new Facebook page.

See also Hermitage Walled Garden. (February 2012)


Draft Management Plan 2011 - 2021

Click here to see the Draft Reserve Management Plan for 2011-2021. If you have any comments you should send them to the Countryside Ranger Service.


Visitors are very welcome in the Reserve, but in the interests of wildlife and other visitors please observe the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. In particular:

  • please keep your dogs under control and clean up after them

  • if you feed the ducks please take your litter away with you


Unfortunately, many parts of the reserve are not wheelchair-friendly but this map shows that there are paths which can be enjoyed by wheelchair users:

  • around Blackford Pond

  • between Braid Road and the Hermitage House Visitor Centre, and beyond towards the Scout Bridge

  • between the Observatory carpark and the radio mast

Seasons in the Reserve

Plums in the Wildflower Meadow

Autumn colours in the Glen

Dawn over Edinburgh Castle

Celandine in the Walled Garden





Friends Facebook page

Forthcoming events:





See also:

Balsam bashing

Burn clean ups

Moth watches