Red Moss of Balerno

Situated two miles south of Balerno on the edge of the Pentlands, Red Moss is the only lowland raised bog in the City of Edinburgh. The reserve is composed of deep peat that has accumulated over thousands of years since the end of the last ice age.

Mountain hare © Steve Gardner

Why visit?

  • Peatland plants
  • Damselflies and dragonflies

Best time to visit?

  • May to Aug

Visit for:

  • Peatlands
  • Wildflowers


Take the A70 west from Edinburgh over the city bypass. Continue through Juniper Green and Currie until the traffic lights. Turn left into Balerno then take another left just after the school. Continue straight on this road which heads south out of Balerno, going past the SSPCA centre on the left to the Pentlands Regional Park car-park (also on your left), which is located east of Red Moss.

Getting onto the reserve

From the car-park, walk south on the road until the reserve entrance, located about 100m further on to your right. A circular boardwalk will take you around the reserve.

Getting round this reserve

A circular walk is available thanks to the boardwalk that is suitable for wheelchairs and leads to a pond. Visitors are requested to stay on the boardwalk due to the wet and soft, peaty ground which can be damaged by trampling. Visitors are also requested not to cycle on the boardwalk.


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