Penicuik in Midlothian is the gateway to both the attractions of its own county and to Edinburgh and the Borders.
Ideally placed for visiting the capital of Scotland and its attractions, it is serviced by a regular 10 minute bus service operating into the city. It takes approx 20-25 minutes to be on the outskirts of Edinburgh
The Scottish Borders is also easily accessible by car although there is also a bus service.
In Penicuik itself the town boasts the historic Penicuik House, the shell of an impressive 18th century palladian mansion. The estate has superb walks, as does the town in general, and a café open seven days.
French prisoners of the Napoleonic war are commemorated at the memorial in Valleyfield and there are also sites of ancient forts and castles within easy range.
A new swimming pool and leisure centre along with a library has recently opened and this is accessible to the public seven days a week.
Dining out in Penicuik offers an excellent mixture of French, Indian, Chinese, Italian and traditional Scottish cuisine all located within the town centre. There are also a variety of local pubs in Penicuik.
Midlothian has the largest dry ski facility in Europe and is situated at Hillend a mere 10 minutes from Penicuik. Other attractions in Midlothian are the butterfly farm, Scottish Mining Museum and Rosslyn Chapel which are all worth a visit.
Newbattle Abbey, where the treaty of Arbroath was drawn up, is also the site of the first coal mining in Scotland.
Give Penicuik a visit and stay over - the town's location and local attractions will not disappoint.