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 Country Park is the place to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

With 1,000 acres to explore, where will you start? Perhaps the Wilderness 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* below to help you plan your visit.


The Family Friendly Yellow Trail

Under 2km – approx 20 minutes

Also known as The Wildernesse Walk, our Yellow Trail is a relatively flat route with a surface suitable for bikes and buggies. A series of easy loops that take in impressive views of St Mary’s Church and Dalkeith Palace, as well as a little donder along River Esk. Handily, it takes you through Restoration Yard where you can pick up a takeaway coffee and snacks to keep you energised.


The Pretty Red Trail

Under 2km – approx 30 minutes

Our Lugtonhaugh Walk (Red Trail) is also good for bikes and buggies. It only takes around 30 minutes so not too taxing on littler legs but you’ll reap the rewards visually as it brings you behind Dalkeith Palace and across Montagu Bridge. It’s a pretty walk all year round but it’s particularly stunning in February and May. In February you’ll enjoy the views of pretty snowdrops. While in May a carpet of bluebells will stun you.

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The Old Wood Purple Trail

The Old Wood 2.4km

Our Old Oak Wood, which you’ll discover on the Old Wood Trail, is precious because it has rare species of beetles and lichen living in it. That’s what makes it a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and it’s why we want to keep it beautiful for generations to come. See if you can spot the Michael Tree. This oak is said to be almost 1,000 years old. The Old Oak Wood Trail follows along the River Esk as well as taking you through the Old Oak Wood. It does partially close over winter to allow for the protection of these precious trees. Also, dogs can walk this trail but please be aware that all dog waste is extremely dangerous for our Old Oak trees’ beetles so keep dogs away from the trees, their fallen tree trunks and limbs (the beetles make their homes in these). PLEASE NOTE THE AMERICAN BRIDGE IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO SIGNIFICANT STORM DAMAGE



Hermitage Additional Purple Trail


The Hermitage Trail splits off from the Old Oak Wood Trail just at the Meeting of The Waters where the North and South Esk join. The trail will take you across the river at The American Bridge and around by Belwoods on a path towards Dalkeith Palace via Montagu Bridge. Both these trails are woodland paths so you’ll only manage it on your own two feet. No bikes, buggies or wheelchairs. The Old Wood Trail and Hermitage Trail are each lovely walks in their own right. Combine them together for a beautiful almost 5km walk.


The Estate Green Trail & North Woods Green Trail

The Estate Trail 6km – 1 hour 30 mins walk or 45 mins cycle

North Woods Green Trail  2km – 30 mins walk or 15 mins cycle

If you want to see a little of everything this is the trail for you. The Estate Trail takes you to the limits of the Park’s boundaries. By bike or by foot, you will see Smeaton Bridge, Castlemeads and lots of our farmland. Add in our North Woods Trail to enjoy a further challenge and more stunning views of Dalkeith Country Park’s 1,000 acres. Both these trails have some uneven elements so are a little more challenging on foot. They can also be used by experienced and careful cyclists.

Enjoy Dalkeith Country Park with your dog

Our Park is for everyone to enjoy. However, there are a few things we need you to keep in mind when exploring our trails. There is a working farm at Dalkeith Country Park so sometimes we have to close paths for the safety of all, while maintenance work or the movement of livestock takes place.

Also, while we love your four-legged friends and know that they love exploring the Park, they do need to be on lead in some areas, including in car parks, in Restoration Yard courtyard and the Palace Field until across Montagu Bridge. It is particularly important that dogs are kept on lead when near any of the farm’s livestock. When off lead, let them enjoy the freedom of our trails as long as you are able to control them when they meet other walkers, wildlife or horse-riders along their way. Please remember it is an offence for any dog owner to allow their dog to be out of control in such a way as to cause alarm or make another person apprehensive. Oh and as ever, please do pick up after your dog – bag it and bin it.

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