You can easily get to Dalkeith Country Park from the Edinburgh city bypass. Take the exit for Dalkeith from the Sheriffhall Roundabout and the King’s Gate is the first left turn a few hundred yards away. Postcode for SatNav is EH22 1ST. This beautiful long driveway will lead you through the parkland (keep your eyes peeled for the gorgeous deer that call Dalkeith their home) and down to Fort Douglas and Restoration Yard.
Dalkeith Country Park is perfect for cyclists. We have bike racks available by the entrance to Restoration Yard and bike hire is available on site. We recommend using the Town Gate entrance (postcode EH22 2NA) or Smeaton Gate for bikes (closest to the National Cycle Route). The King’s Gate entrance (EH22 1ST) is only recommended for mountain or hybrid bikes as the surface is not tarmacked. To find the best directions to the park from your location, use CycleStreets, Sustrans or Spokes.
If you’re coming from Edinburgh city centre, take Lothian Buses 3, 33, 49 from Edinburgh to Dalkeith. Jump off at South Street and walk 5 minutes up the High Street to the Park. Services are fast and frequent. Visit Lothian Buses for timetable information. Please note Lothian Bus tickets are £1.60 and the bus drivers cannot give change. From Portobello or Musselburgh, catch the number 40 bus. From Bonnyrigg take the 39 bus. Both take you to the Corn Exchange Bus Stop on Dalkeith High Street and you can walk from here. There is also the Midlothian Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Service 527 that stops right here at Dalkeith Country Park. Find out more about this service and the other attractions it visits in the area here. This service runs from the 18th April to 23rd October 2016.
You can also use the new Borders’ Railway to get to Dalkeith Country Park. There are regular trains from the Borders and Edinburgh City Centre to Dalkeith’s Eskbank Station on Westfield Park. You can then walk from here (25 minutes) or get on the number 40 Lothian Bus from outside the Tesco opposite the station.
Access and Car Facilities
We try to ensure that all our facilities are accessible to as wide a range of visitors as possible. There is parking close by for those with access requirements. The nature of the land means that some of our trails are not suitable for wheelchair users, for children’s buggies or for visitors with walking difficulties. However, there are plenty of walks that are! The yellow waymarked Wildernesse Walk and red Lugtonhaugh Walk have paths suitable for bikes, buggies and wheelchairs. If you need any more information, just call us on 0131 654 1666.