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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.


Transport

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

Green Lyne Taxis - our local taxi service able to pick up and drop off from Eastside Cottages. They are also able to organise tours of Scotland for small groups. Call 07771 756471 to book or get a quote.

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.

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!

KPM Private Hire Taxis - another local taxi firm, call 07735 987778 to book.


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)

Penicuik Wines - 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)