The Hermitage of Braid, South Edinburgh – Watercolour in a Watercolour Moleskine

Set in 130 acres of woodland, the Hermitage of Braid runs under the shadow of Blackford Hill with the Braid burn passing through it. This scene shows the Hermitage House which was completed in 1785 and which was used by the Gordons of Cluny. This building replaces the one sacked by the visiting Jacobite army, under Charles Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) in 1745. It was gifted to The City of Edinburgh in 1938 and was used as the headquarters of the Park’s Department until the early 1990′s where it became a visitor centre for the nature reserve created by combining Blackford Hill and the surrounding area. The woodland surrounds a series of paths so you can vary the length of your walks. We went for a walk on Monday and Margaret tried a few routes while I sat and sketched this scene. Its a long time since I was last here but little has changed since then. We are so lucky, in this part of the world having a wide variety of different types of countryside to explore. Edinburgh is full of wee nature reserves, such as The Hermitage. It is also possible to follow the main rivers – The Almond and The Water of Leith for most of their length, there is a vast network of cycleways and the city has the Pentland Hills to the south while the Ochill Hills lie to the north. Further north lie the Grampian Mountains and the Cairngorms which contain some of the UK’s highest peaks. With all of this, the question is, “Why do I need to loose more weight?”