"Penicuik, the NON Tourist place....." Penicuik by Suet

Penicuik Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 23 photos

Jolly Old Penicuik and Roslin

This is my local town although I live in Roslin village. It's just that Roslin, (despite the da Vinci Code and Chapel) are not on either Google Earth or VT!! so this will have to do.

It's a small place with all the local things you need like a supermarket, hairdressers, post office, umpteen pubs etc etc and a pedestrian precinct. It's pretty quiet though, lots of shops have closed down presumably due to high rents, and it has three charity shops which have a high turnover of customers. Not a lot of money in this town. I'd dearly like to see a huge cash injection into the place so that more jobs are created and more shops opened up. The latest development is that they are pulling down the large house/inn in the middle of the square! Oh such excitement! nothing has happened like this since a horse bolted down the high street!!!!

Roslin Village

The Original Rosslyn Inn. This was the one they all stopped at for a pint when they piled off the carriages from Edinburgh to visit the Chapel. The slight drawback of the delightful outside beer garden, is that when the wind whips down the high street in the autumn, it can literally blow your glass off the table. Happened to a friend of mine.

Roslin is even smaller than Penicuik, a library, Post office, barber, SMALL supermarket and a Doctors and two pubs. The nice thing is that you can see the hills from the high street which gives a sense of space and freedom. It also give a clue as to when the next monsoon is about to strike the Village.

The Powdermill

From my Cottage, if you trot down the steep hill, you eventually come to the Powdermill which was a gunpowder factory. It's a pretty walk with lots of nice spots to photograph. This is the weir where they held back the water to eventually rush down the mill race and power the big water wheel. Molly Dog scares the beejesus out of me by walking along the very EDGE of it like a cat.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Pretty quiet town
  • Cons:Too bloody quiet at times.....
  • In a nutshell:Not a tourist place therefore prices are not high
  • Last visit to Penicuik: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 4, 2008
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  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    This looks like a very nice small town. I must admit I had not heard of it before, only of the "Beast of Roslin". I'm just reading Rick Minter's book about big cats in Britain.

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:45 AM

    Lovely village you live in, thanks for sharing!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Hello, Sue! It's a great and famous place, thanx for your nice introduction, pictures and stories...!

  • canuck68's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Looks like a nice quiet place to visit.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    Looksa delightful place. Your link to the powder mill doesn't work.

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2010 at 3:36 AM

    MWAH!!! Fnah figgle boo pops!!! Gillybob greetings

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Okay, the movie featured the town, tourists pour in, spend money, what's to want. Looks like a lovely town. Lucky you over the fence with the greener grass. lol ;-)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    It may be quiet, but its a lovely village, would suit me fine! Thanks for the tour of it.

  • Darby2's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Think of Chilko Lake as being considerably larger and deeper than Loch Ness, with 9000 ft. snow-capped mountains around it and water that is crystal clear and fit to drink.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2009 at 6:34 AM

    Oh wow, you live near the Roslin Chapel of the Da Vinci Code --- saw a documentary with it...nice tips and thanks for sharing about Roslin, Norman :)

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