Pentlands’ water

The Pentland Hills are many things. Destination for walking and other leisure time pursuits. ‘Working’ [sic] landscape for sheep and cattle rearing. Playground for gun-happy soldiers. It is also the key water supply for Edinburgh and urban centres to its east; like the Welsh hills to Birmingham, or the Lake District to areas to its south. That the Pentland reservoirs form such a significant part of its landscape is not up for dispute. But when it comes to Pentland water, what is there? What about other water, beyond the lochs? What of the reservoirs themselves?

Scarred Tree. A spider’s web protects the tiny water pool within. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Tree Ruin. An altogether more filthy tree-pool. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Where water industry becomes cultural heritage. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Water Over Water. Water supply versus river flow. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

One-Time Waterfall. Overflow from Glencorse Reservoir. Water supply engineering projects for Edinburgh mean this waterfall is no longer needed, as the water level in the reservoirs drops. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Abandoned Waterfall Pool. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Waterfall Reflection. Perhaps the waterfall will be served once engineering works are completed? Should it be? Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Waterfall Detail. Dried pleats of algae, or guano? Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Outflowing Stream. So recently abandoned plants are yet to recolonise. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Damn View. Glencorse Reservoir. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Reservoir Overflow with Submerged Wall. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Loganlea Reservoir Damn. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Not Just Water Supply. Fishing on Loganlea. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Sediment Revealed by Dropped Water Level. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Dual Reserve. Nature + water reservoir. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape

Boggy Thicket. Taken by the author. © Lines of Landscape