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Car park improvements

Upcoming works to improve car parks

See our news page for the latest information on car park improvement works.

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 four planning applications, for Certificates of Lawfulness for Threipmuir, Flotterstone and Bonaly car parks, and Planning Consent for Harlaw car park. These applications were submitted as a requirement of the successful £772,620 funding from Visit Scotland's Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, part of a project costing circa £1 million. 

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).

Construction work started at Bonaly (upper) car park in June 2023, and to enable this work to progress as quickly as possible the car park will be closed for the duration. Access to Bonaly Country Park will be maintained to non-motorised visitors: please follow diversion routes in place.

Once stage 1 at Bonaly has completed (September 2023), the proposed timetable is for construction to then focus on Threipmuir car park (September - November), Bonaly (November - December), Flotterstone car park (December 2023 - February 2024), and finally Harlaw car park (stage 1 - February - April, stage 2 TBC). During this time these car parks will be closed to public access.We thank you for your understanding and support in the delivery of improved visitor infrastructure in the Pentland Hills Regional Park.

View designs here.