Opening Times & Responsible Access


Penicuik House is open to the public every Sunday from 2-4pm with a guided tour at 2pm. For guided tours outwith this time please contact the Ranger Service Office on 01968 670738. The Designed Landscape is open to visitors at all times.

Responsible access

Walkers, dog-walkers, cyclists and horse-riders are all welcome to enjoy access to Penicuik Estate free of charge, providing they act responsibly at all times. Remember that this is a working Estate so farm vehicles often use the tracks and paths and forestry work is frequently undertaken in wooded areas. With the Estate supporting an active farming business and livestock, it is essential that dogs are kept under close control at all times and visitors are asked to respect the peacefulness of this beautiful place so as not to spoil the enjoyment of other people. Please do remember to clear up after your dog and look out for the occasional sign asking you to keep your dog on a lead to avoid disturbing livestock and wildlife.

Please note

  • Immediately off the grass lawn behind the conserved ruin of Penicuik House there is a *ha-ha. Below this is a shear drop of approximately 12 feet. Children and dogs should be kept under close control here.*A ha-ha is a ditch with one side being a retaining wall; used to divide lands without defacing the landscape; sunk fence.
  • that the converted stable block, now the home of the Clerk family, and the surrounding area delineated by fencing is not open to public access.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides clear and helpful guidelines to ensure that we all work together to maintain the delicate balance between conserving the unique natural and built heritage of Penicuik Estate, opening it up for everyone to enjoy and, at the same time, allowing the Estate to continue to operate as a modern, integrated, rural business.

Further information for dog owners.