Penicuik and the surrounding area are full of surprises, waiting to be discovered! From family days out and spectacular castles with rich histories to relaxing walks and areas of natural, rural splendour, Penicuik really has it all.
If you’re looking to stay a bit longer and explore all of the Lothians, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders, Penicuik serves as a fantastic base.
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Longest dry ski slope in Europe and training centre for Scottish Olympians. Open all year round.https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/200281/snowsports_centre
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Celebrating Scotland’s proud mining history, the National Mining Museum’s steam winding engine is the largest in Scotland and still works! The whole family can learn the fascinating story through events, activities, workshops and much more.https://nationalminingmuseum.com/
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A multi-use facility to exercise your body and your brain. Ample parking serves the Penicuik Library and Penicuik Leisure Centre within, including gym and swimming pool and each with a wide variety of classes and activities.https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/directory_record/74/penicuik_leisure_centre_and_pool/category/9/swimming_pools
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Community skate park in the middle of Penicuik Park, which itself lies right in the heart of the town.
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Upcoming major development near Penicuik (Planning approved in principle at time of publication): £250m film studio complex, which would provide capability in Midlothian of producing major blockbusters in cinema and television, as well as hotels, computer game development facilities and more. Watch this space!http://scottishinternationalstudios.com/
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Penicuik Estate incorporates a wealth of wonderful treasures, such as the Lost Garden of Penicuik and Secret Herb Garden, with a variety of rural businesses and community activity. A great and welcoming place to take a walk and explore.http://www.penicuikhouse.co.uk/about-us/the-estate/
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Constructed in several phases, beginning in 1304 (possibly even earlier) and with a rich history spanning centuries of intrigue.http://www.rosslynchapel.com/about/rosslyn-castle/
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Perhaps Penicuik’s most famous son, Alexander Cowan, erected the Cowan Institute in 1894 for the benefit of the local community. Today, the building is still used extensively by Penicuik community groups and hosts theatre, the Penicuik Cinema and other activities and performances all year round.
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Community food production and garden regeneration project.
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Celebrating over 300 years of paper-making history in Penicuik.http://paper.penicuikcdt.co.uk/penicuik-museum-papermaking-heritage-centre/
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Park in the centre of Penicuik, adjacent to Penicuik High school and host to rugby and football pitches, a skate park and plenty space for family recreation.
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Originally built in the 1750’s and set in amongst luxuriant parkland, Bush House itself was subject to several extensions and renovations by Scottish architects Robert and James Adam. Today, the grounds and their buildings comprise the Midlothian Science Zone. Perhaps its most famous daughter was Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal ever to be successfully cloned at the Roslin Institute on these grounds.http://www.edinburghtechnopole.co.uk/
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Excellent walks surround this picturesque reservoir just a few miles to the south of Penicuik.https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lothian/gladhouse-reservoir.shtml
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Formerly used for curling matches in the 19th century, this part of the Penicuik Estate makes for a lovely walk. Legend has it that Lord Nelson’s successful strategy against the Franco-Spanish fleet during the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) was devised here by John Clerk of Eldin.
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Spanning three Council areas, the Pentland Hills are a stunning, unspoiled expanse of hills, reservoirs and trails. Perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. Most easily accessed from Penicuik at Flotterstone, where ample parking is provided.http://www.pentlandhills.org/
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The perfect way to discover Roslin and its treasures, all just a few miles from Penicuik.https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lothian/roslin-glen.shtml
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Site of the historic Battle of Rullion Green. Explore to see if you can find the memorial monument.
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An historic landmark to the east of Penicuik and dating back as far as the 12th century.
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Penicuik’s famous Cowan family constructed beautiful accommodation for families of mill workers, now subject of the multi-million Penicuik Heritage Regeneration project.
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Designed and built in the 1760’s by Sir James Clerk, Penicuik House is a classic among 18th-century Scottish architecture. Sadly, it was allowed to fall in to ruin, but is now subject to extensive and ongoing regeneration. Set among idyllic woodland and a fantastic attraction in itself, Penicuik House is well worth a visit.http://www.penicuikhouse.co.uk/
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Dating back to the mid-16th century, the partial ruins of the original St. Mungo’s Kirk can be explored right in Penicuik town centre.
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Constructed in 1812 by the famous Thomas Telford and widened in 1931, the Telford Bridge revolutionised travel between Penicuik and the Scottish Borders.
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Ruins of a 16th-century tower house to the south of Penicuik.
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After around 300 French prisoners of war perished in Penicuik during the Napoleonic Wars, Alexander Cowan erected the Valleyfield memorial in 1830, inscribed “all men are brethren”.
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