Places to Visit
Penicuik and the surrounding area has many interesting historical & places of outstanding beauty to visit. Here's just a few ideas if you're new to the area, or indeed if you're just looking for something different to do. Of course if you have any more suggestions please contact me via the "Submit something" button.
- Rosslyn Chapel - Only 3 miles from Penicuik & 7 miles from Edinburgh. Lothian Region Buses No 15 (not the 15A, as it bypasses Roslin) will take you within 100 yards of the Chapel. If you are taking the bus from Edinburgh you get off at the stop outside the Original Rosslyn Hotel (check Google maps so you know what you're looking out for). The bus journey will take roughly 30 - 40 minutes depending on the traffic.
- Hillend Snowsports Centre - Only 4 miles from Penicuik & on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The centre is set within the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park. With two artificial main slopes and two nursery slopes. You can ski/snowboard all year long. There's also a cafe & conference centre. If travelling by bus from Edinburgh by Lothian Regional Buses 4, 15 or 15A. Travelling from Penicuik bus No's 15 & 15A.
- Pentland Hills Regional Park - the Pentland Hills are a designated Regional Park set in the outskirts of Edinburgh. There are many beautiful walks within the park. There is also a visitors centre which regularly has many activities both young and old can do.
- Castlelaw Hill Fort - is an Iron Age hill fort on the edge of the Pentland Hills.
- Pentland House - is situated on the outskirts of Penicuik. There are a few beautiful walks through this private estate. However this is a private working estate & should be respected as such. The Pentland House Project also has many courses and events you can attend, check the link for details.
- Bank Mill Penicuik - Penicuik was once one of the foremost paper making towns in the world. The local Penicuik Community Development Trust have set up a fund to try to buy this important part of Penicuik's paper making history.
- Uttershill Castle - not strictly speaking a castle. It is the ruins of an old 16th century house on the outskirts of Penicuik. You get lovely views of Penicuik & the Pentland Hills from it.
- Roslin Country Park - is situated on the edge of Roslin and you can see it all on a properly signposted walk through Roslin Glen. By bus see Rosslyn Chapel details on this page.
- Glencorse Parish Church - built in 1665 Glencorse Church is a beautiful little church. It is situated on the outskirts of Penicuik very near to the Army Barracks. It is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped". Robert Louis Stevenson used to walk from his house in Edinburgh to the church on a regular basis.