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Car park improvements

Upcoming works to improve car parks

View designs here.

Following our public engagement exercise on visitor facilities in the Pentland Hills, we are moving forward with improving car parks in the Regional Park in the near future.

The City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council have approved three planning applications, for Certificates of Lawfulness for Threipmuir and Flotterstone car parks, and Planning Consent for Harlaw car park. These applications were submitted as a requirement of the successful £565,000 funding from Visit Scotland's Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, part of a project costing £753,000. We have also applied for a Certificate of Lawfulness for improvements at Bonaly car park, although do not have funding in place for this yet.

A further application to the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund in 2022 has resulted in an award for improvements to Bonaly car park, for which there has been a Certificate of Lawfulness issued.

You can view our Joint Committee discussion on improvement of visitor facilities (Weds 20 Jan 2021). You can also view a later Joint Committee meeting with an updated presentation on proposals by the Project Centre (Thurs 27 Jan 2022). 

Some of the measures outlined below and on the following pages are as a result of issues raised in the Pentland Hills Visitor Management Plan (direct link to PDF download).

The first car parks to be worked on will be Harlaw and Threipmuir. Initial works will involve closing these car parks for some days: we will keep you informed on this page when these dates are. Threipmuir car park is closed Mon 8 Jan - Fri 12 Jan 2023 for initial works.