Re-launched in July 2016, Dalkeith Country Park really does have something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a family trip out or a day spent lunching and shopping. Fort Douglas play park is magical for little ones with turreted treehouses, suspension bridges, slides, climbing walls and secret tunnels of this brand new playground. It has two amazing play zones: one that’s perfect for children up to the age of five and another for six to twelve year olds. Sorry grown-ups, the equipment is for kids only, but we do have coffee up there in Restoration Yard and our gorgeous new kiosk (with bathrooms too). You’ll also find archery and zorbing in Fort Douglas at busier times. Restoration Yard is a place for eating, shopping and relaxation. Come explore our gorgeous new retail, dining and wellness space located in the newly renovated stable yards at Dalkeith Country Park.
As part of the Dalkeith Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) (see www.dalkeiththi.co.uk) a heritage trail for the town centre has been developed. The trail has been produced by the Dalkeith Heritage Trail Group with representatives from, Dalkeith Community Council, Dalkeith History Society, Dalkeith Youth Forum, Dalkeith Business Renewal, Midlothian Council, Melville Housing Association and local businesses in the town. The group has produced a leaflet which highlights the trail, taking in important historic buildings such as the Tolbooth, the former Cross Keys hotel, the grave yard watch tower, DalkeithPalace, the Corn Exchange and others. The trail has been added to by Susan Grant, Midlothian’s Artist in Residence who has developed the “iwozheredalkeith” initiative. This has involved collecting stories and memories from local people and recording them and taking some of them for a series of plaques in the town for a public art trail. So you can follow the heritage trail and also take in the red plaques “iwozheredalkeith” trail. This gives a fascinating glimpse into the town’s colourful history and unique heritage. (see www.iwozheredalkeith.com).
Gore Glen is set in the heart of Midlothian’s countryside on the banks of the Gore Water and River South Esk, below the Village of Gorebridge. You may enjoy panoramic views towards the Pentland Hills, take a stroll around 2 miles of wooded path network or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the former ‘Gunpowder Glen’. Facilities and Events Free car parking: a vehicle height restriction of 2.2 m applies. Site leaflet. Whin pathways to woodlands, riverside and ponds. Path links to Gorebridge and Arniston Estate. Described walk in ‘Explore Midlothian’ walks guide. Special events and activities organised the Ranger Service. Free resource boxes are available to all, from the Ranger Service, full of useful equipment to pond dip, mini beast hunt or to explore the nature of the site. Free curricular based environmental education activities for schools and groups lead and organised by the Ranger Service.
Kings Acre Golf Course and Academy situated in lush countryside was created by top Scottish designer Graeme Webster. It is a relaxing haven just six miles from Edinburgh’s City Centre and two minutes from the city by-pass, The facilities have been designed to provide visitors with every comfort. The conservatory and terrace are especially beautiful on sunny days. The par 70, 18 hole course has a sandy based soil ensuring excellent play-ability all year round. The restaurants and bars are open to non-golfers. Relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of a family run establishment where all are welcome.
Golfing centre of excellence – 9 hole ‘pay and play’ course. Floodlit, covered range with Powertees. 4 hole short game area and putting. Full equipment, trolley & shoe hire. PGA tuition
Practice skiing and snowboarding, school lessons, holiday programmes, equipment hire, chairlift rides, 2 x tow uplifts, tubing runs and parties, main slopes and nursery slopes.
Newbattle Golf Course boasts a Harry Colt designed parkland course, with its mature 18 holes, tree lined fairways, strategically placed bunkers and quite exceptional quality greens which are renowned throughout the Lothians. A fair challenge is offered to every golfer and is a 5,912 yard par 69 course laid out within the historic policies of the famous Newbattle Abbey and along the north and south ridges of the River Esk. The club is set in a truly wonderful setting and is a “must play” for anyone visiting Edinburgh and the Lothians.
The Pentland Hills Regional Park is a living, working landscape which offers great opportunities to experience, learn about and enjoy the outdoors. With approximately 10,000 hectares of countryside and over 100km of paths, the Pentland Hills are a great place to come walking, biking, horse riding as well as fishing.
Welcome to Roslin Glen Country Park, a place with a rich industrial and cultural heritage. Once home to Scotland’s largest gunpowder mill, it is now a spectacular location to explore the natural environment of the Esk Valley with its diverse range of habitats and associated wildlife.
Springfield Mill is a small but spectacular reserve on the site of an old paper mill which is set deep in the River North Esk valley. The site lends itself very well to a spring stroll, summer picnic or autumn colours viewpoint. Facilities and events : Free car parking Tarred pathway to riverside, suitable for wheel chairs, and whin pathways to woodlands, ponds and wildflower meadows Information panel containing map and local news Site leaflet Pond-dipping platform Special events and activities organised the Ranger Service. Please see Council Events web pages. Free resource boxes are available to all, from the Ranger Service, full of useful equipment to pond-dip, mini-beast hunt or to explore the nature of the site Free curricular-based environmental education activities for schools and groups organised by the Ranger Service
Located by Gorebridge, within Vogrie County Park; a 19th century estate with an adventure play area, cafe, and picnic area. The 9-hole course is set in a historic, beautifully designed landscape.