* Safety notice *. If you’re heading out on one of our lovely walks, please ensure you and your dog stay clear of our ponds at the moment as we look into whether there is blue-green algae. East Lothian Council helps explain why here.
Dog walking in Midlothian
We love our loyal four-legged friends here at Dalkeith Country Park and welcome them (and of course their owners!) to explore this gorgeous park. You’ll find a range of beautiful walking trails and some of the most stunning scenery in Midlothian.
Outdoors fun for everyone
So that everyone can enjoy the park, we ask that dogs are not allowed in Restoration Yard or Fort Douglas and are kept on a lead in the Palace Field area until across Montagu Bridge. Once across here you’ll find many waymarked walks and plenty of space to let your dog off the lead. To help us all keep the countryside safe, please make sure your dog remains under control as the park is used by visitors of all ages and is home to an abundance of wildlife.
Annual Pass for dog walkers
If you regularly walk your dog in the park, the Friends of Dalkeith Country Park Annual Pass offers great value with access to the park 24 hours a day. Your card can be used for swipe card access when the Town Gates are closed between 7pm and 7am. Annual prices are as follows:
• Adult Dog Walker (up to 2 dogs): £20
• Adult Dog Walker (3 – 4 dogs): £40
• Adult Dog Walker (more than 4 dogs): £100
You can purchase a pass at the Fort Douglas Cabin, call us on 0131 654 1666 or make an enquiry through our contact form. We look forward to welcoming you and your dog soon. Read more about walking routes at Dalkeith Country Park Download a map of the walking routes (PDF)
Please be aware that dogs are welcome in our take out spot, The Larder, and Restoration Yard Courtyard, however we cannot currently allow dogs (with the exception of assistance dogs) in the Store, Coffee Bar or Café.