Penicuik, the largest town in Midlothian, sits below the majestic Pentland Hills Regional Park. Penicuik has recently become the first area in Midlothian to host a Business Improvement District within the town centre.
The town’s past embodies achievements of national and international significance. For example, the papermaking industry was built on technology developed in Penicuik mills from the early 18th century. Penicuik’s centuries-long association with coalmining ceased with the Mauricewood Pit disaster of 1889, but the Midlothian pits provided employment for townspeople until the 1980s.
Penicuik House, the former mansion home of the Clerk family, sits within an attractive designed landscape. The shell of the house is being renovated as a training project in traditional crafts and on completion, the building and surrounding area will be made available for the public to enjoy.
On the outskirts of the town sits the Pentlands Science Park. It is one of the major employment centres for Midlothian and a world leading location for animal bioscience and life sciences.