You can easily get to Dalkeith Country Park from the Edinburgh city bypass. Take the exit for Dalkeith from the Sheriffhall Roundabout on to Old Dalkeith Road. Turn left shortly after this into King’s Gate. You’ll drive through a long stretch of woodland (watch out for deer and other wildlife that call the park their home) before you get to the Park where you can follow signs to Restoration Yard and Fort Douglas. The postcode is EH22 1ST.
Please note if you’re in a larger vehicle, this entrance has a height restriction of 2.7 metres. Please do not attempt to drive through this entrance if you are unsure your vehicle will fit – it’s a historic listed entrance. Large vehicles and deliveries can use our Town Gate entrance off Dalkeith’s High Street, postcode EH22 2NA. Thanks.
Dalkeith Country Park is perfect for cyclists. We have bike racks available by the entrance to Restoration Yard. We recommend using the Town Gate entrance (postcode EH22 2NA) or Smeaton Gate for bikes (closest to the National Cycle Route). To find the best directions to the park from your location, use CycleStreets, Sustrans or Spokes.
The best entrance if you’re walking is Town Gate (postcode EH22 2NA). We have a pedestrian path that makes its way from here down to Restoration Yard. Or for a longer walk, head on the yellow Wildernesse Walk to reach us!
If you’re coming from Edinburgh city centre, take Lothian Buses 3, 33, 49 from Edinburgh to Dalkeith. Jump off on Dalkeith High Street (outside Morrisons for the No.3, Glebe St or Old Edinburgh Road for the No. 33 , Bridgend Court or Jarnac Court for the No.49). The walk is then 5-10 minutes up the High Street to the park. Services are fast and frequent. Visit Lothian Buses for timetable information. Please note Lothian Bus tickets are £1.70 (80p for a child) and the bus drivers cannot give change. There is now contactless payments for adult tickets.
From Portobello or Musselburgh, catch the number 140 East Coast bus. From Bonnyrigg take the 49 bus. Both take you to the Corn Exchange Bus Stop on Dalkeith High Street and you can walk from here.
You can also use the new Borders’ Railway to get to Dalkeith Country Park. There are regular trains from the Borders and Edinburgh City Centre to Eskbank Station. You can then walk from here (25 minutes) or get on the number 40 Lothian Bus from outside the Tesco opposite the station to Dalkeith High Street. From Dalkeith High Street we’re 5-10 walk to Restoration Yard and Fort Douglas.
Access and Car Facilities
We try to ensure that all our facilities are accessible to as wide a range of visitors as possible. There is parking close by for those with access requirements. The nature of the land means that some of our trails are not suitable for wheelchair users, for children’s buggies or for visitors with walking difficulties. If you need any more information, just call us on 0131 654 1666.
Please see ‘By car’ for details on King’s Gate height restriction.