Penicuik History and Heritage Trail

Walking Route

Penicuik History and Heritage Trail


This route will take you round the significant historic sights in Penicuik and by the River North Esk and through the Penicuik Estate.

Please allow at least 47 minutes to complete it, excluding the time taken to enjoy the destinations along the way.

5mi / 8km
Total climb:
492ft / 150m
Total descent:
492ft / 150m
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What you'll see

Town Well - Penicuik

History & Heritage

The New Well erected in 1864 by D & A Cowan of Valleyfield Papermill to provide clean drinking water piped from the Silverburn Spring in…

Penicuik Papermaking Museum - Penicuik

Museums & Exhibitions

The History of Papermaking & Penicuik’s former papermills of national importance, hands-on papermaking. Pre-book Guided visits.

Pen-Y-Coe Press - Penicuik

Museums & Exhibitions

Former Post Office now a Living Museum Printer & Stationary Shop. Includes a display of old letterpress printers.

Napoleonic Monument - Penicuik

Monuments & Statues

Impressive memorial to 309 French Napoleonic POWs who died in Valleyfield Paper Mill prison 1811-1814 and buried nearby

Penicuik House - Penicuik

Penicuik House is a painstakingly restored mansion set in one of the finest designed landscapes in the country. The Penicuik House Cafe is open 7…

The Lost Garden of Penicuik - Penicuik

Upper Walled Garden of Penicuik Estate from 1873: 5 Acres and had 100 yds of glasshouses. Rejuvenated by Penicuik Community Development Trust

Penicuik Park - Penicuik

Parks & Gardens

Children's Play Area with inclusive play equipment, Multiple Play Area, and Formal/Memorial/Floral Display