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Walking

Walking

Serene walking routes just a few miles from Edinburgh

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. Or experience the Old Wood Walk where you’ll discover trees over 700 years old. 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 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 note we have been made aware that our Yellow Wildernesse Walk and Red Lugtonhaugh Walk have some areas that are steep and therefore are unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs. The paths on these routes are surfaced with whin dust therefore buggies can make it around more easily. Please bear with us whilst we correct this information on our maps.*

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