Cousland Village Information

Bin collection timetable 2018-19

Use the link below to access the Midlothian Council page on bin collection dates for 2018 -19

Cousland is on route 6 - click the pdf to download.

Bins will only be collected on a Monday alternating Blue Bin and red box one week with Grey and Brown bins the next. Starting Monday 1st October.

The new Food Waste caddies delivered in December will be collected weekly on a Friday, at the same time as current bin uplift.

Blacksmith work from Cousland Smiddy

See Sean Cockburn's work and contact details on the website below.

Cousland Smiddy
31 Hadfast Road, Cousland, Dalkeith.



Bus route changes in Edinburgh City due to long term roadworks


Sunday 3 September 2017 brings the closure of Leith Street in Edinburgh city centre to all traffic, including buses, for 44 weeks [up to July 2018]. This road closure is part of the St James redevelopment which will involve demolition of existing buildings on the west side of Leith Street, then new construction work.

The road closure will have a major impact on many routes in Edinburgh.

Some buses that currently run from the Bridges via Leith Street to Leith Walk will be diverted via Waterloo Place, Regent Road, top of Easter Road and London Road. This includes the 49 route that serves Midlothian.

City centre routes on the Nightbus network will also change as a result of Leith Street closing. Nightbus services will no longer be able to call at the OMNI, or run to Elm Row direct. No Nightbus journeys will be withdrawn. 

New timetable leaflets will be published by Lothian Buses for these services. These will be available via all Midlothian libraries, usually 14 to 10 days before the change date.

Community Beat Officer contact details

Community Police Officers for our area are now Scott Lambert & Trevor Newton-Jones based at  Dalkeith Police Station

Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, EH22 3AX

Contact email

or email

Phone 101 for non emergencies and 999 for emergencies


Cousland Post Office

Location & opening times for Cousland Post Office can be found at:

Cousland Village Hall Association Contact details

Current office bearers are:

Chair person: John Hamilton

Treasurer: Jennifer McKay

Secretary & Hall bookings :  Lorraine Chapman 663 7231 or via

Committee Members include:  Carol McArthur, Lesley McLean, Karen Fraser, Beate Truroy-Buxton, Helen Lapinskie and Andrew McGovern. 

Also in attendance at CVHA committee meetings are Gordon Brown and /or Kathleen Donald our Tynewater Community Council representatives and meetings are open to all HUGs (Hall User Groups representatives) 

Dates for CVHA committee meetings
1st Monday of each month, 7pm, in the hall

Next meeting: Check Calendar page

Members of the community are warmly welcome. 

Cranston Parish and Local Churches

Check out the Parish website which is regularly updated to keep everyone in touch with what is happening in the local churches


The NHS clinic Pathhead Surgery is located at 210 Main Street, Pathhead, Midlothian, EH37 5PP and can be contacted on 01875 320302.

There is now also a separate pharmacy at the surgery site.

Fishmongers vans in the village

James Dickson & son's fish van delivers to the village every Thursday morning. He stops outside the village hall somewhere between 11 and 11.15am but if you would like him to come to your door please just call.

James Dickson Son, West Harbour Rd, Cockenzie, East Lothian. Tel: 01875 811 301. Mob: 07967 413 440.

John Anderson, Pittenweem fish merchant, van in the village on a Wednesday at 10am at the bus stop beside the Old School.

J&K Anderson, Kamarra, 56 East Forth Street, Cellardyke, Fife Tel 01333310658 mob: 07730981137

Midlothian Mobile Library

The mobile library is in the village every Friday morning.

  • Stewart Park: 11.15am,
  • The Phone Box: 11.30am,
  • Dalrymple Gardens: 11.45am.
  • Southfield Farm Cottages 12.00 - 12.30pm


The milkman is happy to take new delivery orders from Cousland. He delivers late each evening for the following day except Sunday (double delivery on Saturday to cover Sundays).

Contact details: C/o 2 Plummer Court, Dalkeith. Contact Number 0131 663 9548.

Park and Ride (from Sherriffhall)

A new timetable is now available for the Park and Ride service from Sherriffhall to the centre of Edinburgh. Click here for a timetable [PDF].

Pathhead Surgery

Medical Centre website

Repeat prescriptions:

Sunday Papers

Anyone wishing to have a Sunday paper delivered please contact Tel. 0131 660 2315. I would like to thank everyone supporting me with this.

The regular bus service to Cousland has been discontinued.

There is now a new service in Cousland using Ring & Go taxis to transport villagers to Dalkeith to connect with other buses. Anyone wanting to make use of this service MUST be registered as a user and have an ID card issued. This has to contain your photograph.

Ring & Go

Cousland, Southfield and Langside to/from Dalkeith

Conditions of Scheme

Taxi/Private Hire Car journeys will be provided between Cousland, Southfield and Langside to/from Dalkeith [Campus/Town Centre]


Up to the end of April 2014, the requirement to have a Ring & Go ID card will be waived to give people time to submit their application forms. From 1 May 2014, passengers will be required to show their ID card. A Ring & Go application form will be delivered to each household in the areas covered. (photocopies will be accepted for other persons in the household) Extra forms will be available from Danderhall and Dalkeith libraries now and into the future, or alternatively contact the Travel Team.


All passengers wishing to use this service must be registered with Midlothian Council and have a Ring & Go photo ID card with a user number. This number must be quoted when the journey is booked with the operator. Passengers do not have exclusive rights to travel alone in the vehicle and they may be required to share if other bookings arise in the same time period. Visitors may also use this service as long as they are accompanied on the journey by a registered passenger.

Operation of Service

The journeys will run as flexibly as possible. All journeys must be pre-booked with Swift Taxis by telephone, on 0131 660 1031. Standard bookings will be accepted at any time up to one hour before the proposed trip. 

You can ring with a short notice travel request less than an hour before you need to travel however the operator will only accept a short notice booking if it fits in around existing bookings. If the operator is already busy with other bookings, then requests for short notice Ring & Go bookings will be turned down.

Persons travelling can be picked up or set down as required in the rural area and can travel to/from the specified areas within Dalkeith. The service is available from 0700 to 1900, seven days a week. There is no service on 1, 2 January or 25, 26 December.

Fares and Receipts

All passengers aged 6 or over are charged £1.60 for each single journey. Infants and children up to and including 5 years old travel free.

There are no other discounts or concessions. The Scotland-wide free bus pass entitlement card is not valid on this Ring & Go service.

The driver will ask to see your Ring & Go card and you will be issued with a receipt.

The single fare on Ring & Go is equivalent to the adult single bus fare on Lothian Buses. Any rise in the Lothian bus fare will be reflected in the Ring & Go fare.

How Do I Apply?

Application forms can be obtained from Midlothian libraries including Dalkeith. You can phone to ask for application forms to be sent to you – call 0131 561 5455. Or e-mail your request for application forms to with “Ring & Go” in the message title.

Completed application forms should be sent to:Ring & Go, Midlothian Council, Travel Team, Dundas Buildings, 62a Polton Street, Bonnyrigg, EH19 3YD

Each applicant should enclose one colour passport-style photographs signed on the back by the applicant.

 There is no charge for the issue of a Ring & Go card.

If you have any queries, or require further information on the scheme please do not hesitate to contact the Travel Team on 0131 561 5455.

If you wish to comment on the Ring & Go scheme, please e-mail with your observations. Thank you.

Use the link below to download the application form.