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Dog Walking

Dog Walking

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.

*Please ensure you adhere to the latest Government guidelines on social distancing, keeping at least two metres apart from others. If visitors do not action these measures, we may be forced to close the Park. Thank you. You can read our full response here.*

Outdoors fun for everyone

So that everyone can enjoy the park, we ask that dogs are kept on a lead in the parking areas, Restoration Yard courtyard and Palace Field 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, as well as regular horse riders. We also have a working farm on site and ask that all dogs are kept on leads in the vicinity of their livestock. Please also ensure you always clean up after your dog and dispose of the bag in a bin.

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 Restaurant. If you want to hear about another dog owner’s experience here at the Park you can read this blog post.

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 note that from 9th March 2020 we have closed the Old Wood section of the purple walking route until Easter to help the tree roots recover following a harsh winter of rain and footfall. You can read more about why here.