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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 note our Old Wood Walk (the purple route) will be closed from 19th November to allow the paths to rest & recover following very wet autumn weather.
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.
Areas dogs are not allowed
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 Fort Douglas or The Store, The Coffee Bar or The Kitchen 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
*We are currently not selling passes due to the side gate being broken. As soon as this is fixed we will sell passes again through appointment to ensure social distancing.