Roslin Glen Country Park is a spectacular place to walk, to discover nature, and learn more about the area’s history. Within the Park, the Midlothian Ranger Service is working to create safe public access whilst maintaining the Glen’s natural habitats for all to enjoy.
Wildlife to be seen includes buzzards soaring high above the woods, butterflies and bumblebees feeding on the nectar of foxgloves, as well as voles and badgers foraging on the woodland floors.
The River North Esk is home to a variety of birds including kingfishers and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of an Otter on the river banks. A wildflower meadow has also been created as a result of a partnership with the Midlothian Ranger Service and the local community. This allows everyone to enjoy the plants and flowers native to the area.
If time allows there are many walks through the Roslin Glen woodland that uncover more of the area’s history. Following the River North Esk through the glen you will pass ruins of Rosslyn Castle, Powder Mills, Mill Lade remains, and the Gunpowder Mill Gates. Roslin was once home to Scotland’s largest gunpowder mill. For a period of over 150 years, gunpowder and explosives manufactured from the mills were used in mining and supplied munitions for the First and Second World War.
Roslin Glen also produced textiles. Linen bleached on the bleach fields back in the 18th century was once worn by Queen Victoria. The remains of the 1868 Carpet Factory are still visible within the park. Tapestry carpets were manufactured here for over 100 years and shipped worldwide before its closure in 1968.
All these industries were initially serviced by a local railway and Rosslyn Castle station.
With Rosslyn Chapel standing tall on the small hill and the vast woodland of Roslin Glen around it there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are a history lover, nature enthusiast, or simply like to take a walk then a visit to this area of Midlothian is highly recommended as part of your visit to Scotland.