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West Lothian Visitor Travel Guide Page

We have compiled a travel and holiday information guide to help with your holiday stay in West Lothian.

About West Lothian

West Lothian

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.

Attractions & Heritage Sites within West Lothian

1. Hopetoun House - South Queensferry, West Lothian, EH30 9SL

The Hopetoun House is an architectural gem of splendid proportions, as one of Europe's finest estates, it remains an attribute of Scottish heritage.

2. Beecraigs Country Park - Near Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 6PL

Beecraigs County Park is a spectacular 913 acres of leisure and recreational opportunity. Located high up Bathgate Hills, Beecraigs County Park provides everything for outdoor enthusiasts, including fishing and walking trails.

3. Almond Valley Heritage Centre - Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7AR

The Almond Valley Heritage Centre is a family-friendly park located just outside of Livingstone, West Lothian. Open much of the year, it features friendly-farm animals.

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Towns and Villages in West Lothian

West Lothian has some lovely towns and villages to explore, below is a list with a short summary and link to more information about it and pictures.

  • Bathgate - opened an oil refinery in 1848 the first of its kind in the world... More...
  • Linlithgow - Heritage Trail Walk takes visitors to more than 40 locations of architectural or historical interest... More...
  • Livingston - developed in the 1100s when a wealthy Flemish gentleman named de Leving acquired the land... More...

Useful Contact Information for West Lothian

Bo'ness Tourist Information Centre
Bo'ness Station, Union Street, Bo'ness, West Lothian, EH51 9AQ
Tel No: 08452 255121

Linlithgow Tourist Information Centre
County Buildings, High Street, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7EZ
Tel No: 01506 775320