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Walking

Walking

*Please note that we currently have road words from Town Gate into the park to install our new lamp-lit footpath until the end of October 2019. This may affect the yellow Wildernesse Walk however we will sign post any diversions on your route.*

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.

*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