Restoring The Spirit of the Park
Summer 2016 saw the unveiling of an exceptional redevelopment at Dalkeith Country Park, with the opening of Restoration Yard, a retail, food and wellbeing experience, and Fort Douglas adventure park. Both reflect Buccleuch’s long-term strategy of re-investing in core assets, with the multi-million pound project positioning the park to become one of the country’s leading leisure attractions. In early 2018 we further expanded our offering in Fort Douglas, demonstrating our commitment to creating an ever-evolving attraction for all our visitors.
Restoration Yard, sitting at the heart of the Park is not like any other store you’ll come across in Scotland. At its core is a desire to create joy and make people happy whether that’s through its innovative Wellbeing Lab, beautifully designed store, or the delicious food in the café. We believe in the power of positivity, sourcing ethically and encouraging creativity. The food in our café is made from ingredients sourced from Buccleuch’s Estates wherever possible, or even our own herb and vegetable patch in the park’s grounds.
Restoration Yard won two conservation awards in recognition of the redevelopment works in the Category A listed stableyard. A ‘Regeneration and Conservation Award’ was given by the Edinburgh Architectural Association and the ‘Building Conservation Award’ by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). In 2018 we followed this up with recognition at the Scottish Property Awards, winning the Architectural Excellence Award (Commercial Use). Work continues on site to ensure that it is preserved for future generations to enjoy.
This striking initiative on the edge of Edinburgh represents more than £7m private investment by Buccleuch, with 40 new jobs created in Midlothian and over 250,000 visitors in the first eight months. And it doesn’t stop there as we work on further plans for investment in the park’s future.