BLOG: New App to Put Midlothian Tourism on the Map

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I am incredibly fortunate to represent a constituency so richly steeped in history; from Roslyn Chapel to the National Mining Museum, you’re never short of a place of historical interest to visit in Midlothian.

The spring sun was shining brightly for my visit last month to another important historical site in the area, Penicuik House.

It was fantastic to see so many community groups, families and dog-walkers using the beautiful estate when I visited – and I was lucky enough to be introduced to some of the livestock on the estate’s farm, including the cows and three little lambs (all named Rosie, the farmer’s daughter’s favourite name). With an ever-growing population here in Midlothian, we must make sure that residents old and new are aware and making use of our historic places and local businesses.

Penicuik House is one of many attractions featured on the new interactive app Scotland Starts Here, developed by the Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG) to encourage tourism in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. The app includes interactive routes, maps, and itineraries of things to do depending on your preferred method of transport. You can download Scotland Starts Here on the App Store or Google Store.

My thanks to Scott, Robert, Moira and Faye for inviting me to Penicuik House and showing me around. You can read more about the history of Penicuik House and upcoming events on their website:

It’s great to see people visiting these sites and I would strongly encourage everyone to explore all of Midlothian, as well as to visit our fantastic local cafes, restaurants and businesses.


First published in the Midlothian Advertiser.