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Find the best Roslin walks. The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional resource for all walkers, hikers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to leader led walks to any really arduous walks within the Old Original Rosslyn Hotel area.

Find A Walk Near Me by using Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Sports Direct

19B Straiton Mains, Straiton, Edinburgh EH20 9PW, UK – 0344 332 5328

Friendly staff. good range if stock. Good prices

Its ok not much in stock tho unless you have unusual sized feet.

Halfords

11 Straiton Mains, Load Head, Straiton, Loanhead EH20 9PW, UK – 0131 448 2248

I've been a few times to get wipers, bulbs replaced they're quite often busy so there can be a wait. Was there today as battery on my car's been acting up, I thought I needed a new one. Guy checked it for me and told me battery was fine but needed charged. I'm not very technical so he explained what id need to do, showed the best charger, saved me £30.

Today had cd player /radio fitted by Richard at straiton due to previous player being faulty. Very understanding team regarding previous player issue ,absolutely no problem with exchange and swap over ,great installation by Richard fitted in said time. Fantastic customer service with all staff at Halfords loanhead. James

IKEA

Costkea Way, Loanhead EH20 9BY, UK – 020 3645 0000

IKEA is like Amazon - they have dramatically improved the quality of life for millions of people. Including me. Always a joy to come here and see great things I can afford. Thanks to YouTubers showing us how, flat pack items are easy to assemble. Go. Buy. Now.

It's an IKEA store. They're all pretty much the same. However the staff at this store are appropriately helpful and friendly. There is plentiful parking and the place is reasonably easy to find.

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Another good walking guide. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.You get one walk free.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Caravan Club CL

19-37 Old Pentland Rd, Edinburgh EH10 7EA, UK

Perfect place

Looking for dog friendly cottages around Roslin? The 'Dog Friendly Cottages' website looks like any other self-catering accommodation website but every single one should be dog friendly! This saves worrying and going through all the small print. However you you may need to check with the owner where the dog is expected to sleep and the what size of dog you can have!
Dog People find this is such a great website. If you have dogs who go on holiday with you just enter EH25 9LE and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!

Roslin Buggy Walks, Short Walks, Granny or Grandpa Walks

'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around Old Original Rosslyn Hotel or Midlothian just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy PS This link has been withdrawn. Please watch this space or send a suggestion!

Snake bites

Most snake bites in the UK are not serious. But it's important to get all snake bites checked as soon as possible.

Call 999 or go to A&E immediately if:

  • you think you, or someone else, has been bitten by a snake

Find your nearest A&E

Information:

If you're not in the UK when you are bitten by a snake, contact the emergency medical services in the country you're in.

Get foreign travel advice on GOV.UK

What to do while you're waiting for help

Do

  • stay calm, most snake bites in the UK are not serious and can be treated

  • keep the part of your body that was bitten as still as you can

  • lie in the recovery position if you can

  • take paracetamol for any pain

  • try to remember the colour and pattern of the snake to tell the doctor

  • take off any jewellery and loosen clothes near the bite, in case it swells

Don’t

  • do not go near the snake, or try to catch or kill it

  • do not try to suck or cut the poison (venom) out of the bite

  • do not tie anything tightly round the part of the body where the bite is

  • do not take aspirin or ibuprofen, as they can make bleeding worse

What happens at the hospital

You will usually need to stay in hospital for at least 24 hours if you have been bitten by a snake.

The bite will be cleaned and bandaged. You may be given an injection to help protect you from tetanus.

If you were bitten by a poisonous (venomous) snake you will be treated with a medicine to fight the venom. This is given through a thin tube into a vein, called a drip.

Types of UK snake

Only 3 types of snake are found in the wild in the UK.

The adder is the only venomous snake, but you should get all snake bites checked as soon as possible.

Telling the doctors the colour and pattern of the snake that bit you could help them treat it.

Click to see images of the our three types of snake and what to do if you get bitten

www.nhs.uk/conditions/snake-bites