Pen-y-coe Press

NOW ON – BLUE LABEL SALE !  Click here for bargain art materials!

Try our super new printer – high quality printing and scanning up to A3 plus automated folding and stapling. Still the same prices for black and white and colour prints!


Pen-y-Coe Press is a traditional printing and stationery shop. The vintage shop and printing equipment are being retained as a living museum illustrating a mid-twentieth century retailer. Alongside the paraphernalia of traditional letterpress printing we have a large stock of stationery and art materials, and modern laser printing. The Press is thriving, thanks to the commitment and hard work of our volunteers, Profits will support the running costs of the Penicuik Museum and Papermaking Heritage Centre.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us in Jewson’s recent Building Better Communities competition. Sadly, we weren’t among the prizewinners, so we’re still seeking funding for the building works needed to open the Penicuik Museum and Papermaking Heritage Centre.



We print and finish documents such as business cards, wedding invitations, and catalogues for horticultural shows – call in to talk through your printing needs.



ARTISTS – come to Pen-y-Coe Press for single sheets of paper at competitive prices:

– Somerset Satin 300 gsm and Fabbriano Rosaspina 200, 285 gsm for printmaking
– Bockingford Not 535gsm, Fabbriano Liscia 300 gsm for watercolour painting
– large sheets of cartridge paper for pencil and charcoal
– sugar paper for charcoal, conte, pastel
– newsprint for quick sketches or preparing paper for printing
– acid-free tissue paper for drying prints or separating precious drawings

We also stock:

– Bockingford watercolour pads
– own brand cartridge paper sketch pads
– individual tubes of Rowney Georgian oil colour and acrylic paints
– individual tubes of Rowney watercolours and half pans
– brushes for watercolour, acrylic, and oil painting
– soft pastels, coloured pencils, charcoal, oil pastels
– Dammar varnish
– fixative liquid and mouth atomiser for applying fixative
– portfolios and display pockets
– tabletop and lightweight easels

CRAFTERS – come to Pen-y-Coe Press for a range of decorative cards, mount card, glues, pens, highlighters, glitter … Arts and Craft groups may obtain discounted prices for orders over £140 – write to to discuss your needs


Our 2015 Calendar features historic advertisements by papermakers Alex. Cowan & Sons, founded in Penicuik in 1779

STATIONERY – come to Pen-y-Coe Press for stationery and a huge range of wee things:

– own brand writing pads and scrapbooks
– envelopes
– diaries, calendars
– exercise books
– receipt books, account books, tombola tickets
– folders, lever arch files, box files, ring binders
– staplers and staples, hole punches
– elastic bands, treasury tags
– sheets of self-adhesive labels
– parcel tape, brown paper tape, sellotape
– tippex, erasers
– pens, highlighters, pencils
– rulers, compasses, protractors
– numbers for wheelie bins, luggage labels
– baking parchment, cake boards, cake decorations
– cards for all occasions, gift wrap
– confetti, table glitter


Croft organic eggs from Halls Farm, Penicuik (all year round)
fresh vegetables from the Lost Garden of Penicuik (seasonal) NEW POTATOES NOW IN!


Come to Pen-y-Coe Press for information about Penicuik and other areas of Midlothian


– Ordnance Survey Maps for Scotland
– guide to local walks
– postcards
– books about famous figures in Penicuik’s history including Alexander Cowan
– history books about local settlements
– the Penicuik teatowel

Pen-y-Coe Press is itself part of the living history of Penicuik:

The main shop and printing workshop, 7 Bridge Street, used to be Penicuik’s Post Office. The Post Office was relocated with the redevelopment of John Street in the mid 1960s and the premises became a printers and retail stationers, The Pen-y-Coe Press.

The next door shop, 5 Bridge Street, was an agency for the Commercial Bank of Scotland, which also moved to John Street, and the shop became a hairdressers. When the hairdresser also moved, the shop was incorporated into the Pen-y-Coe Press as a photographic dark room to process plates for lithographic printing.

Next door, 1 Bridge Street, was originally a general agricultural merchant and grocers, part of what became known locally as ‘Wilson’s Grain Store,’ before becoming a paper store for the Press.

All three premises, with their equipment and stock, were acquired on behalf of the Trust in March 2013, maintaining a valuable service for Penicuik as well as securing the future of this important town centre building and creating a venue for the heritage centre.