VMH Area Focus: Towns of Midlothian

Midlothian enjoys the best of both worlds: a picturesque semi-rural setting within easy commuting distance of the capital. Midlothian is perfect for those looking to escape the busy city at the end of the day.





Housing here varies from 18th century converted farmhouses, period cottages and former Inn’s. There are also stone-built villas, 1960’s-1980’s houses and converted Georgian properties. Within the last 5 years modern housing developments, as well as new schools and community centres, have been built on farmland, bridging the gap between Edinburgh and Midlothian.

Midlothian is host to a number of outdoor pursuits including golf courses; Vogrie Country Park in Gorebridge where you can partake in horse riding, golfing and orienteering or enjoy a bite to eat in the Tree Top Café; The Pentland Hills & Snowsports Centre at Hillend; and falconry & fishing.

Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg, and Penicuik are just a few residential suburbs situated within Midlothian. Each offering excellent transport links, including regular bus services to Edinburgh and south to the Borders. There is easy access to the City By-Pass, the A1 and motorway network.


A former mining village, Bonnyrigg lies within less than a half hour drive of the city centre and is predominately made up of residential properties.

Properties in Bonnyrigg - bonnyrigg Road Modern homes in Bonnyrigg - South Chesters Place Types of properties in Bonnyrigg - Dobbies Road

This small, but thriving town provides everything you need from shopping, libraries, postal and bank services. There are also more luxury services, such as beauty salons, gyms and places to brunch and dine. A favourite with the locals is Gigi’s Italian, along with Beetroot Bar & Grill. Bonnyrigg also offers lovely outdoor space, with King George V Park providing a playpark and sports grounds.





One of Midlothian’s most popular residential towns, Dalkeith is split into four distinct areas, including the affluent Eskbank area.

Whitehill Village, Dalkeith Property types in Dalkeith Newbattle Gardens, Dalkeith

Dalkeith offers local and speciality shops, trendy bars, various restaurants (including the popular Sun Inn). There are a number of  coffee shops, banking and postal services, as well as fantastic transport links. Fun for all the family, Dalkeith Country Park & Restoration Yard has something for everyone: walking and cycling routes, a fantastic adventure playground, relaxation (check out the Wellbeing Lab!), shopping and dining.



Lying some 9 ½ miles from Edinburgh City Centre, at the foot of the Pentland Hills, is Penicuik. Once known for its papermills, Penicuik is now home to families and professionals.

 Properties in Penicuik and neighbouring Easter Howgate

Penicuik is home to the Belgian Consulate, along with the Town Hall, which hosts events and a Sunday cinema screening.

Penicuik Town Hall St Mungos Church

There are numerous amenities in Penicuik, including The Storehouse which provides organic and locally sourced foods. Larger supermarkets include Lidl and Tesco, and Straiton Retail Park just a short bus or car journey away. The town also provides a library, gym, postal and banking services, and hair and beauty salons. For a bite to eat or glass of wine, try Haig’s Bar.

If you’re looking for upmarket beers and wines then be sure to nip into Gravity Bottle & Pie Emporium. Outdoor pursuits include cycle paths & walkways, and the aforementioned Pentland Hills for skiing, pony trekking and walking alpacas!

A hidden gem in Penicuik, which is becoming popular with locals and visitors alike, is the Penicuik House. This 18th-century Palladian mansion was destroyed in a fire in 1889, but thanks to its beautiful grounds and the addition of a cosy café, the house is a main attraction.

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