1. Wildlife & Nature
Dalkeith Country Park is home to lots of wonderful wildlife and nature, some of which you see more often than others. This time of year is when our Roe Deer begin to lay up to have their young. If you are lucky enough to spot one we ask that you keep your distance, leave them be and admire them from afar. And joining us sooner than we think are bluebells. These lovely little flowers cover much of The Park’s woodland floor and will be in full bloom in early May. They are the perfect focal point for a springtime picture. Make sure to tag us on Instagram or Facebook in your beautiful Park pictures.
2. Notable Trees
The Micheal– This ancient tree is probably the oldest of our SSSI tree’s, at around 900 years old. The Micheal was planted by the Benedictine monks when they came to Dalkeith from Melrose around 1150. Head down the Purple Trail to lay your eyes on this gentle giant.
The George the 4th Spanish Chestnut- Planted by George on his visit in 1822. Although old by Chestnut standards its Boughs have been pruned to aid its longevity and keep it healthy for generations to come. Head down the Red Trail, past Montagu Bridge to see The George for yourself.
3. The Orangerie
Architect William Burn designed this remarkable 12-sided structure with doric columns and a central chimney. In it’s prime it was used to grow delicious exotic fruits. We suggest packing a picnic, heading for one of the lovely picnic benches beside The Orangerie – just beyond the gates of Restoration Yard – and spend the afternoon taking it in in all of its beauty.
4. The Old Oak Wood
Dalkeith Country Park’s Old Wood is a truly special place; a unique conservation area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The oak trees that still grow here are ancient and twice as old as any of the buildings. If trees could talk, our oaks would have stories to tell dating back over a thousand years ago. It is thought that these trees are the last remnant of the ancient forest of the Lothians. Choose the Purple Trail on your next visit and discover the Old Oak Wood.
5. Dalkeith Palace
Completed in 1711, Dalkeith Palace is regarded as one of the grandest early classical houses in Scotland. Commissioned by Anna 1st Duchess of Buccleuch, Dalkeith Palace was designed by architect James Smith, Scotland’s leading architect of the time. The original medieval castle, which stood on the same site had been occupied by the Buccleuch family since 1642. It was redeveloped by Smith into a contemporary Palace, rich in historical significance and intriguing stories. An absolute must-see at at Dalkeith Country Park.
Come inside Dalkeith Palace
You may be intrigued by what lies behind the doors of Dalkeith Palace. Throughout 2022, a calendar of art & cultural events will be held at Dalkeith Palace giving you the chance to take a peek behind the Palace doors. Our next art exhibition will be Inception from 6 to 8 May. Find out more and book tickets here.