Our good old friend Josep from Catalonia came up to visit for a few days. Since it wasn't raining we went up for a hike in the Pentlands, at the end of an Edinburgh city bus line. There was a bit of mud and ice at first as we crossed through sheep gates and started up. A brisk frigid wind came across the grassy hillsides and soon we reached a bit of snow. Undaunted, we hiked on, in the company of some fell runners and other hikers, and reached a summit with panoramic views from the Forth bridges across Edinburgh to The Bass. But it was too cold to linger.
We descended the other side, down Pentland Hills Path, discovering the Castle Law iron age underground fort site. Then we continued down through fields of fluffy sheep that weren't minding the cold at all. Next to Glencorse Burn (a tannin-brown stream) we ended our hiking at the cozy warm Flotterstone Inn with a couple pints and some hot food.