Visit Penicuik

Situated between the stunning Pentland Hills Regional Park and the idyllic North Esk river, Penicuik is a town with a population of around 16,000 and growing.

This rapid expansion is, at least in part, due to the town’s wealth of town centre businesses, schools and amenities. Close enough to Edinburgh for an easy daily commute, but far enough away to retain a strong sense of civic pride and community, all within beautiful rural surroundings, Penicuik has been the subject of significant regeneration, aimed at equipping the town to cope with increasing demand from newcomers and visitors.

The historic town centre lies at the south of the town, offering a wide range of shops and services (see the business directory for further details) and there are walks, attractions, activities and community events throughout the town (see “Penicuik Attractions” for further details).

Join us for the famous Penicuik Christmas Market on the first Friday of every December, when the whole town welcomes visitors to join in celebrations and enjoy a wide range of market stalls, fairground rides, magic shows, musical performances, pony rides and the switch-on ceremony of the town’s magical Christmas lights.

The month of May sees Penicuik take to the streets with a cavalcade of parades and events, culminating on the last Saturday of the month for Penicuik On Parade. The annual crowning of the Hunter and Lass is surrounded by so many festivities, you’d be crazy to miss it!

The town centre itself has undergone significant regeneration in recent years, with the establishment of Penicuik First, a not-for-profit company run by local businesses with the aim of making the town centre a great place to shop, live, work and trade. The Penicuik Community Alliance runs the Penicuik Storehouse – a huge community hub including a bakery, indoor market, café and more, right in the heart of the High Street. The willingness of Penicuik’s community groups to work together has made a real improvement to the town, with over £3,000,000 yet to be spent on restoring historic buildings to their former glory.

Business Directory

Penicuik is a great place to do business. Check our A-Z business directory.

Business A-Z

Visit Penicuik

Penicuik is a bustling market town just south of Edinburgh.

Things to do in Penicuik

In the Community

Penicuik has a lot to offer. There are lots of local groups available.

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