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Dail Chèith
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Transport Scotland Roads
A68, A720
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Places related to the A720

Dalkeith is the oldest, and perhaps the most important of a group of towns to the south east of Edinburgh. The old town of Dalkeith itself is really quite small, but the Victorian suburb of Eskbank, and the inter war estate of Woodburn have seen the town grow significantly in the last century. Further afield, the settlements of Mayfield, Newtongrange, Gorebridge and Bonnyrigg lie to the south and west of Dalkeith, the green breaks between slowly disappearing as the group of towns merge together. Although Dalkeith grew up as a market town, it has developed in part due to its proximity to Edinburgh, within easy commuter distance. There are several business and industrial areas scattered around Dalkeith and its neighbours, but tourism plays a lesser role than might be expected.

Until recently, the A68 from Edinburgh ran through the centre of town on its way south through the borders to England. However, in 2008 the town was bypassed and the section through Dalkeith renumbered as an extension of the A6106. The A68 now runs to the north east of the town, sweeping past to meet the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass at a new junction. The A7 follows an older bypass to the south west, between Eskbank and Bonnyrigg. The old route through the centre of Eskbank is now the B6392, which continues to provide a southern distributor road for Bonnyrigg.

Whilst the A7 and A6106 (former A68) meet the City Bypass at Sheriffhall Roundabout - the only at grade junction on this section of the A720, the A772 follows the old A7 route (the A7 now follows the old A68 route) further West, through Gilmerton Junction, and into the city centre. The only other A road still in Dalkeith itself is the A6094, which runs through the centre having started on the old A1 near Musselburgh, and continuing south west to Leadburn, almost unchanged from its original route. To the west, the A768 runs west from Eskbank, through Lasswade to the north of Bonnyrigg and on to Loanhead.

There are a number of B roads in and around Dalkeith, in addition to those noted above. The B6373 provides a short western link around Dalkeith town centre; whilst the B6414 runs north east from Woodburn to Tranent. The B6482 heads south from Woodburn to Mayfield and Newtongrange, where it meets the B703, which heads north back into Eskbank. None of the B roads are particularly long, but perhaps the longest of them is either the B6392 (as above) or the B704, which runs south from Lasswade through Bonnyrigg and Newtongrage to Gorebridge.


Route To Notes


Galashiels, Hawick, Carlisle


Jedburgh, Coldstream (A697)


Forth Road Bridge (A90), Glasgow (M8), Stirling (M9), Edinburgh West, Airport


Edinburgh East & North, Berwick upon Tweed (A1)


Danderhill, City centre


Lasswade, Loanhead


City Centre, Edinburgh South, Gilmerton






Bonnyrigg, Peebles


Millerhall, Old Craighill, Newton


Musselburgh, Cousland




Link in Dalkeith town centre


Bonnyrigg (B704), Dalhousie Business Park


Thorneybank Ind. Site, Dalkeith School Campus


Easthouses, Mayfield, Newtongrange



Named Junction List

Image Name Classified Road(s) Grid Reference More Info Map
Photo-required.png Cranstoun A68 / A6093 NT380661
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Photo-required.png Eskbank Roundabout A7 / A6094 NT318660
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Photo-required.png Fordel Mains Junction A68 / A6106 NT373671
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Photo-required.png Gilmerton Road Roundabout A7 / A772 / B6392 NT314674
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Photo-required.png Hardengreen Roundabout A7 / B6392 NT322653
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Photo-required.png Melville Road Dykes Roundabout A7 / A768 NT315667
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Photo-required.png Millerhill Junction A68 / A720 NT334694
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Photo-required.png Salters Road Junction A68 / A6094 NT346690
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Photo-required.png Sheriffhall Roundabout A7 / A720 / A6106 NT317679
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NCN1 • A7 • A68 • A720 • A768 • A772 • A6093 • A6094 • A6106 • A6124 • B703 • B6373 • B6374 (Dalkeith - Portobello) • B6392 • B6414 • B6455 • B6482 • Borders Historic Route • C34 (Midlothian) • C64 (Midlothian) • E15 • EuroVelo 12 • T26 (Britain) • T86 (Britain)
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