• Caring for the beauty, history & character of the Esk Valley
  • Maintenance, clearing and other fine social occasions!
  • We welcome everyone interested in the Esk valleys

The catchment area of the River Esk, from source to sea, is the geographical area of our concern, interest and activity.

The river North Esk rises in the Pentland Hills above the N. Esk Reservoir while the source of the river South Esk is beyond Gladhouse Reservoir in the Moorfoot Hills. Both rivers flow northeast through wooded valleys rich in wildlife, history, towns and villages, to their confluence at Waters’ Meet in Dalkeith Country Park.

As one river, The Esk then flows for a short distance through East Lothian where its banks form an attractive backdrop to the seaside town of Musselburgh situated at its mouth on the Firth of Forth.

  • More than Lighthouses
    In November 2023 Mike Bullock, CEO of the Northern Lighthouse Board, talked about the Board's rich heritage and how it operates today.
  • Citizen Esk - Tackling River Problems with Community Solutions.
    A video recording of the talk given by Ross Hughes of the Forth Rivers Trust on Thursday 21 September is now available to view.
  • Midlothian Outdoor Festival 2023
    This year's Festival takes place on 12-16 October. Once again the Esk Valley Trust is delighted to be helping with the Festival which is organised by the Midlothian Ranger Service and supported by a wide range of volunteer organisations.

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