West Lothian is situated in the south eastern part of Scotland and borders Edinburgh. The historic area contains sites and activities for guests of all ages. Individuals with a sense of adventure enjoy Beecraigs Country Park, near Linlithgow, with its Go Ape obstacle courses. Bridges, ladders, tunnels, walkways and ziplines are suspended high amongst the trees for high flying thrills. Low Port Centre near Linlithgow affords visitors of all experience levels, the opportunity to climb, hill walk, canoe/kayak, windsurf or enjoy white water rafting.
Live entertainment is available at the Bathgate's Regal Community Theatre, the Howden Park Centre, or the Linlithgow Burgh Halls. In addition to being the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, the Linlithgow Palace holds traditional Scotch Hops in the courtyard during the months of July and August. Everyone is welcome to participate in the various styles of native dance accompanied by a Scottish Dance Band. Guests are invited to tour the palace and grounds where a special 'spy trail' allows young visitors to search for clues to in order to prevent the pilfering of the Queen's jewels.
The House of the Binns, near Linlithgow and the Hopetoun House, in South Queensferry, are expansive estates that encourage individuals to see the centuries old splendour of Scottish royalty. Blackness Castle, along the south shore of Firth of Forth, is an unusual site. The fortress, shaped like a ship, was short lived as a royal palace and spent most of its years as a military garrison and prison.