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A local's guide to Edinburgh & the Lothians

Local facilities

The Penicuik Centre - Swimming pool, spa, sauna, steam room, fitness classes, creche and meeting rooms. The centre is open 9am - 8pm most days.  For more detailed opening times, directions and classes click the link.

AR Therapy - Fancy a pampering party in the cottages? AR Therapy offer everything from massage to facials and manicures. For more information and a full treatment list see here.

The Penicuik library - Free public access computers, wifi, CDs, DVDs, talking books, the Black collection (local history), photocopier and fax service.

Car hire - Click on Thrifty or Enterprise for more details.

Places to eat - For country pubs and city restaurants have a look at our coast and country and Edinburgh city guides.


Here are a few options for traveling to and from Edinburgh city centre:

Lothian Buses - by far the best way to get into town. There are "park and rides" available at Straiton and New Craighall, with regular buses into the city centre every 15 minutes from Penicuik.

Stagecoach buses - run regularly (roughly hourly) into Edinburgh from the bottom of the farm track. The timetable can be found here. Using Carlops as a guide stop means you are never late for the bus!!

Scoot Ltd. - a life saving Edinburgh based company. If you end up having one to many to drink then Scoot will come and pick you and your car up, take you home and scooter themselves back into town again. Genius!

Peni Cabs - A small local Penicuik company that will come up to the cottages or can pick you up from the bus in Penicuik. Call 01968 675292 or 07711301198 to book.

Penicuik Taxi’s - A larger taxi company with 7 person taxis. Can meet you at the road end if you park your car at the bottom. 01968 679600

Greenlyne Taxis - Our local taxi company are happy to pick you up and drop you off at the cottages. Call Alex on: 07771 756471 or email on: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

FM Private Hire - A small taxi firm based in Penicuik offering 8 seater taxis. Call Frank on: 07776 067651, 01968 677370 or email on: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Shops and supermarkets

For the nearest supermarkets to fill the fridge on your arrival:

Tesco - 9 Edinburgh Road, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 8NP (3.4miles, 7 mins)

Sainsburys - Straiton Mains, Straiton, Loanhead, EH20 9PW (9 miles, 15 mins)

Marks and Spencer - 1 Straiton Park Way, The Peel Centre, Straiton, EH20 9QY (9 miles, 15 mins)

Waitrose - 145 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4AX (9.2 miles, 15 mins)

Cook Morningside - Delicious home made meals delivered to your door at Eastside Cottages. 328 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4QJ (9.2 miles, 15 mins, opposite Waitrose)

Whitmuir Organics - Whitmuir Farm, West Linton, EH46 7BB (9.2 miles, 15 mins)

Gravity bottleshop - 11 High Street, Penicuik, EH26 8HS (3.2 miles, 6 mins)

Hopetoun Farm shop - Newton, Broxburn, EH52 6QZ (25 miles, 35 mins)

Craigies Farm shop - West Craigie Farm, South Queensferry, EH30 9TR (17 miles, 35 mins)