Linn Dean

Linn Dean is a steep-sided glen with an area of flower-rich grassland. During the summer, the yellow common rock-rose brightens the bank and attracts a colony of northern brown argus butterfly. Juniper and unusual mosses and liverworts can also be found.

Curlew © Darin Smith

Why visit?

  • Wildflowers
  • Butterflies

Best time to visit?

  • May to Jul for wildflowers

Visit for:

  • Scenery
  • Wildflowers
  • Grasslands


From the Edinburgh bypass (A720), take the A68 south, continuing through Pathhead. Five miles further on, the road climbs up to Soutra Hill. At the top of the hill, turn into the layby on left.

Getting onto the reserve

Linn Dean is situated north of the layby at the top of Soutra Hill. There are no maintained paths on Linn Dean, and visitors must take care of the steep, wet and uneven ground conditions. Visitors are advised to wear footwear with a good grip suitable for these conditions. The reserve is grazed by cattle, meaning dogs should be kept on a lead under close control at all times.

Getting round this reserve

The reserve is grazed by cattle in the winter. Please keep dogs under strict control at all times. Take care on steep, wet and uneven ground. Footwear with a good tread is recommended.


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