Location & Directions

Eastside Cottages • Penicuik • Midlothian • EH26 9LN​

Eastside Cottages are off the beaten track. Hidden up a quiet glen in the Pentland hills yet just a 10 mile drive from central Edinburgh.

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We highly recommend having a car for your stay as the cottages are a little off the beaten track. We are a mile up a farm track from the nearest bus stop and while there are several busses a day they are a lot more frequent from Penicuik or the Edinburgh Park & Rides.

Car hire can easily be organised from the train station and airport. Click on Thrifty or Enterprise for more details, alternatively for a car hire comparison at Edinburgh Airport see this Car Hire Search.


We have an excellent and frequent bus service running from Penicuik (4 miles away) into Edinburgh : Lothian buses. Alternatively Houstons Coaches (no. 101) run a slightly less frequent service from the farm road end (1 miles walk) into Edinburgh.

We recommend a hire car for access to the cottages as there is not a bus service to your door. Buses are however a great way to get into town without taking the car. More information can be found in our Edinburgh Directions & Parking pdf.


The nearest airport is Edinburgh, 15 miles from Eastside. Glasgow is approximately 50 miles away. For more details, click Edinburgh Airport.


The nearest railway station is Edinburgh Waverly situated in the centre of the city. For more details, click Network Rail.


Rab’s Cab’s RA Private Taxi Hire - Our local taxi company are happy to pick you up and drop you off at the cottages. Call Robert on: 01968 678212 or email on: raprivatehire@gmail.com


Getting to Eastside from the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720)

Eastside Cottages are situated just six miles from the Edinburgh City by-pass and half a mile beyond Silverburn on the A702. If you are travelling from Edinburgh, the airport, the North or the A1 these are the directions:

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    To get to Eastside Cottages take the A702 (the Biggar Road) from the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720) at the Lothianburn Junction.

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    From Lothianburn drive for approx. 5.5 miles southwest until you reach the village of Silverburn.

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    Drive straight through the village of Silverburn.

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    Half a mile beyond the village you will see a bus shelter on the right-hand side. Immediately after the bus shelter, on the right-hand side, you will see a farm track heading into the hills. Turn off the main road here and proceed up the track.

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    After driving 1 mile up the track into the hills you will find the cottages.

Getting to Eastside from the South (M74 / M6)

Eastside Cottages are situated 30 miles from the Abington Junction (junction 13) of the M74, roughly a 40 minute drive. We find this by far the quickest route if travelling from the South. Directions as follows:

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    From the M74 take junction 13 towards Edinburgh. Here you are 30 miles from Eastside - a 40 minute drive. Follow signs to Edinburgh and Biggar. Pass through Biggar, West Linton and Carlops villages on the A702. From Carlops, the start of Eastside’s farm track is approx. 3 miles.

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    Continue along the A702 up the hill out of Carlops towards Edinburgh. Pass a camper van showroom on your right at Ninemileburn and also pass the A766 turn off to Penicuik. Continuing on the A702, there is long, straight section of road followed by a double bend. The Eastside turning is immediately after the double bend just before a bus shelter on your left.

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    Immediately before the bus shelter, you will see a farm track heading into the hills. Turn off the main road here and proceed up the track.

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    After driving 1 mile up the track you will find the cottages.

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    The A702 is a fast road so reduce your speed round the last bend to avoid missing the turning. If you reach Silverburn you have gone 0.5 miles too far.

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