Getting to Penicuik

By car

Penicuik’s close proximity to the centre of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, means it is well-served by the motorway network, wherever you are visiting us from.

From Edinburgh city centre: Penicuik is situated 10 miles to the south of Edinburgh city centre. Simply take the A701 southbound, which leads directly to Penicuik town centre.

From Edinburgh airport: Penicuik is conveniently located only 15 miles from Edinburgh Airport.

Follow signs for Edinburgh/city centre until you reach Gogar roundabout
Take the third exit on to the City of Edinburgh Bypass/A720
Continue along the Bypass until you reach Junction 6: Lothianburn
Exit the Bypass and turn right on to the A702
Continue along A702 and follow signs for Penicuik

From the west (M8 motorway): The M8 links towns across the Central Belt of Scotland, beginning in Edinburgh and running to Livingston, Bathgate, Glasgow, Paisley and beyond.
Accessing the M8 eastbound, continue until you reach Junction 1: Hermiston Gait
Take the third exit on to City of Edinburgh Bypass/A702
Continue along the Bypass until you reach Junction 6: Lothianburn
Exit the Bypass and turn right on to the A702
Continue along A702 and follow signs for Penicuik

From the northwest (M9 motorway): The M9 links the towns in the Central Belt of Scotland, which are situated further north than those accessed via the M8. It begins at the M8’s Junction 2 and runs to Winchburgh, Linlithgow, Falkirk, Stirling and Dunblane.
Head southeast on the M9, following signs for Edinburgh
The M9 terminates as it joins the M8, just after you pass under a bridge and past a speed camera at Ratho. Turn left on to the M8 eastbound.
Follow directions for “from the M8 motorway”, above

From the north (M90 motorway): The M90 links towns to the north of Edinburgh and north of the Queensferry Crossing/Forth Road Bridge, including Queensferry, Rosyth, Dunfermline, Kinross, Kirkcaldy and Perth.
Head south on the M90 until it terminates, joining the M9 at Kirkliston
Keep left, heading south towards Edinburgh on the M9
Follow directions for “from the M9 motorway”, above
From the east (A1 dual carriageway): The A1 links towns to the east of Edinburgh, such as Musselburgh, Tranent, Haddington, East Linton, Dunbar and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Head west on the A1, towards Edinburgh
Exit the A1 at Musselburgh, taking the first exit on to the City of Edinburgh Bypass/A720
Continue along the Bypass until you reach Junction 6: Lothianburn
Exit the Bypass and turn left on to the A702
Continue along A702 and follow signs for Penicuik

From the south: Four main roads connect the Scottish Borders to Edinburgh and the Lothians: the A702 (West Linton, Biggar, Abington), the A703 (Peebles, Eddleston, Leadburn), the A7 (Galashiels) and the A68 (Melrose, Jedburgh).
Travelling on the A702 or A703, simply head north towards Edinburgh and follow signs for Penicuik.
Travelling on the A7 or A68, head north until the road becomes the City of Edinburgh Bypass, then:
Continue along the Bypass until you reach Junction 6: Lothianburn
Exit the Bypass and turn left on to the A702
Continue along A702 and follow signs for Penicuik

By Bus

Please plan your journey ahead, checking links to individual bus service providers to ensure your information is up-to-date.

Lothian Buses provides bus services across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Penicuik is served by the 15/X15, 37, 40 and 47/X47 services, stopping throughout Edinburgh and the Midlothian Science Zone.

Borders Buses provides bus services between Edinburgh, Penicuik and throughout the Scottish Borders. Penicuik is served by the 62/62B/X62 service.

Stagecoach provides 101 and 102 services to Penicuik from Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.

By Taxi

Penicuik itself has five taxi operators, mostly with a fleet of vehicles catering for your various needs.

Call-A-Car (01968 679999)

FM Private Hire (01968 677370)

JC Taxis (01968 676161)

Penicuik Taxis (01968 679600)

Simon’s Taxis (01968 672229)

If you’re travelling from/to somewhere further afield, you may prefer to research local taxi operators in that area. Over longer distances, taxis in Scotland are rarely the most cost-effective way to travel, although they do provide speed, comfort and convenience. If you are travelling any more than a few miles in a taxi, it’s often a good idea to agree a fare with the driver before you leave.

By bicycle/on foot

Penicuik is situated among some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland and is well-served by footpaths and cycle paths. It’s an ideal base for an adventure in the picturesque Pentland Hills Regional Park. You can download a map of cycle routes across Midlothian here.

If you’re coming from, or would like to travel further afield by bicycle, check Sustrans for routes all over Scotland.

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