Book now for Midlothian Outdoor Festival

Join Midlothian Ranger Service for a long weekend of guided walks (and a talk) marking the return of the council’s popular Midlothian Outdoor Festival.

Running in October

Postponed because of Covid since 2020, this year the Ranger Service has moved the event from the usual August dates to a scaled-down version of the festival running from Friday 8 to Monday 11 October. 

How to book

All the walks are free and you can book from Fridays to Mondays by calling 01875 821716.

Informative, guided walks

Enthusiasts can learn more about the past and present of the area around Vogrie to Oxenfoord and Edgehead during a ten mile walk. 

Something for everyone

Find out about the early railways of Dalkeith while enjoying the countryside and a two and a half mile stroll on the Friday or if you prefer a seat and an interesting online talk, there’s a chance to hear about the Esk Valley artists.

Lots on offer

An introduction to Nordic walking is on offer as is the 9 Mile Burn to Carlops hill walk for the visually impaired.

One of our most popular events

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for green spaces, Councillor John Hackett said: “We’re so pleased the lifting of restrictions allows our Ranger Service to organise what’s one of the most popular events of the year.

Great green spaces

“Midlothian has some of the best green spaces in Scotland so the chance to explore what’s on our doorstep while hearing more about the history of the county, and all for free, is a great day out.

Long walks and short rambles

“Whether you fancy tackling a ten mile hike or prefer a short ramble, have a look at what is on offer as there really is something for everyone.” 

Come prepared

Please wear walking boots and bring waterproofs and a packed lunch and drink if the walk spans lunchtime.

You must book

Booking is essential as numbers are limited to 15 participants per walk to help keep people as safe as possible because of coronavirus.

A full list of what's on offer

13 Sep 2021