For many people looking to relocate, particularly those with children or who are looking for a permanent home, the decision between choosing a city location for its excitement and convenience on the one hand, and a rural location for its serenity and beauty on the other, can come to seem an irreconcilable internal conflict. One town which offers a neat solution is the Midlothian community of Penicuik. Just a few miles to the north, and the resident of Penicuik will find themselves in Edinburgh, with all of the cultural amenities, flourishing arts scene and active shopping streets which one could need. But travel west instead, and the stark beauty of the Pentland Hills Regional Park is just around the corner, offering high peaks and long walks in the brisk Scottish winds.
One of Scotland's most famous works of literature, the novel Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, took inspiration from the Glencorse Parish Kirk, which is just outside the town. Penicuik has existed since at least the late seventeenth century, and for many years was associated with nearby paper mills, although these have since closed. Flats in Penicuik will certainly suit the commuter into Edinburgh who would prefer a more peaceful location than the inner-city rat race.