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Walking

Walking

Serene walking routes just a few miles from Edinburgh

*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.*

You can explore this beautiful park on foot with one of our waymarked walking routes, in the heart of Midlothian. Whether you’re a boots or sandals sort of person, fancy a two hour hike or leisurely amble in the countryside with a picnic, Dalkeith is the place to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

With 1,000 acres to explore, where will you start? Perhaps the Wildernesse Walk on your way to Restoration Yard, a riverside amble or longer walk on the green route. You can download a map of all the routes* here to help you plan your visit. In February don’t miss the spectacular swathes of snowdrops that appear on the red walk and stunning carpets of bluebells that appear in April. * 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.

Please be aware that as a private working estate with a farm on site we do sometimes need to close paths for maintenance work or to move livestock for safety purposes. However, there are plenty of other routes to choose from on the day of your visit.

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 ask that all dogs are kept on leads in the vicinity of our working farm’s livestock. Please ensure you always pick up after your dog – bag it and bin it.

Wildlife spotting

Whilst you’re out and about, keep an eye out for some of the wonderful wildlife that call Dalkeith Country Park their home. You may come across roe deer, otters, buzzards, foxes, badgers, hares and rabbits as you explore the wider park. Please be respectful of their habitat and enjoy Scotland’s outdoors responsibly. Good walking.

Download walking routes map (PDF)

Dog walking at Dalkeith Country Park