Central Scotlandâ€™s Playground
History & Heritage
welcome to West Lothian has a wealth of fantastic things to see and do all year round, whether you are visiting with your family, friends or that special someone, West Lothian is the place to be. In West Lothian you can enjoy the best of both worlds, from rich heritage and wide open spaces to world class shopping and quality accommodation. You won’t want to miss out on our extensive range of exciting events and activities and delicious choices of food and drink. - Once you’re here, we can guarantee you won’t want to leave!
Five things you didn’t know about West Lothian
The famous Broxburn icicle, formed on the Almond Aqueduct in 1895 during the severe winter frosts, reached a height of 22.8m (75ft) Linlithgow Palace has played host to CHANEL’S annual Metiers d’Art collection showcase It is believed that Robert Burns was made a freeman of Linlithgow on 16th November 1787
James ‘Paraffin’ Young set up the world’s first oil refinery in Bathgate in 1850 Armadale’s unusual public house, The Goth (1911), was designed on the Swedish Gothenburg System which sought to reduce alcohol consumption by providing ample coffee and food
Contents Family Fun
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Family Fun West Lothian has a great range of fun and exciting family friendly attractions to suit all age groups. Our many attractions will provide a great day out- without breaking the bank! The Scottish Owl Centre
Five Sisters Zoo
Discover over 100 owls from around the world, enjoy daily all-weather flying displays and hold an owl for a photo. You will be amazed by these awesome birds. A fun and educational day for all the family. Interactive education area, gift shop, giant owl chute and mouse maze. Based in Polkemmet Country Park, you can come and go all day long.
Come and meet a wonderful variety of animals from lions to lynx, bats to bears and cockatoos to crocodiles! With daily keeper talks, feeding and handling sessions you’re guaranteed a fun and educational day for all the family. Large outdoor play and picnic areas, café, gift shop and free parking.
Open April-August: 10.30am-5pm; Feb, March, Sept-Nov: 11.30am-4pm.
Open 7 days a week: October – March : 10am – 5pm (Exc. 25th Dec & 1st Jan) April – September : 10am – 6pm.
01501 228 184
BRAND NEW NATURE TRAIL
01506 870 000
Almond Valley Heritage Centre Friendly farm animals, soft play areas, both indoor and outdoor, train and trailer rides, trampolines, bouncy castle, museum, extensive tearoom and gift shop. All these things and more make a day out at Almond Valley exciting and interesting for all ages. Open All Year 10am- 5pm (except 25th & 26th December and 1st & 2nd January) 01506 414 957
Overboard Softplay Your kids will have a great time playing in the ball pool, whizzing down slides, climbing across rope bridges, squeezing through the rollers & even shooting cannons! Kids can also whizz around on the children’s karts while parents watch them from the comfort of the café area. Open All Year 01506 873 888
Paradise Island Adventure Golf
Linlithgow Canal Centre
Set amidst a tropical paradise, this is golf as you’ve never seen it before; surrounded by tiki huts, palm trees and exotic plants. With interactive courses and colourful decoration, this is a fun environment for all ages to enjoy. Come along and challenge yourself, your family or friends. (Located inside the Livingston Designer Outlet).
The Canal Centre offers a unique opportunity to take a boat along our peaceful waterways. Enjoy a boat trip along the Union Canal or pop in to our cosy tearoom and free museum. No booking is necessary.
Open All Year 01506 415 546
Potter Around is a pottery painting studio with a difference. Set on a working farm you can paint, make jewelry, spin the potters’ wheel, knit and more. Open All Year 01506 238 961
Open 26th March to 25th September. 01506 671 215
Livingston at your Leisure If you’re looking to have fun on roller skates then you’ve come to the right place! Our roller skating rink and indoor soft play area offer value for money and good, honest family entertainment. We offer a leisure facility that lets people keep fit whilst having fun. Open All Year 01506 413 212
so much more than just a garden centre... Art in the Garden – original Scottish works of art installed in our gardens July & August
coffee, light lunches & homemade baking all day!
The Scottish Home of Miniature Gardening New Hopetoun Gardens, by Winchburgh, West Lothian EH52 6QZ www.newhopetoungardens.co.uk
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The Hive Soft Play All the family can enjoy our spectacular play frame with slides, crawl tubes and swings or take the sports wall challenge! After all the fun action, you can relax and indulge with our quality hot drinks & delicious homemade food while keeping an eye on the kids. Open all year 01506 656 989
Xcite Leisure Centres West Lothian Leisure runs a number of high quality leisure centres and swimming pools right across the area. Offering fun classes and providing high quality facilities for all activities, there’s something for everyone. So get involved and start getting active by joining your local Xcite Leisure Centre. Open All Year www.westlothianleisure.com
Playbugs Softplay A fun-filled indoor soft play, party and activity centre catering for babies to older children. Plenty of fun and play time for children of all ages. So come along and let your little ones run free – there’s plenty for everyone! Open all year 01506 670 113
Low Port Centre Low Port offers a quality outdoor experience for organized groups. Based in Linlithgow, sailing, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking are just some of the sports that you can try here. Booking is essential. Open All Year 01506 284400
Enjoy all the biggest films in comfort in the heart of Bathgate town centre. You will find spacious seats and plenty of leg room, couches are also available.
This fantastic professional sport offers an exciting evening out for all the family. Gates open at 6.30pm with racing underway at 7.30pm every Friday from March to October.
Open all year 0751 9995827
Open March to October 01501 734 404
Enjoy a number of boat trips – advanced booking not required! Weekend Boat Trips - depart every Sat & Sun, Sat 26th March - Sun 25th September between 2pm & 4.30pm. Midweek Town Boat Trips depart weekdays from 4th July - 12th August. Departures every half hour, between 2pm & www.newhopetoungardens.co.uk 4.30pm. Falkirk Wheel tours take place 29th May, 26th June, 31st July & 28th Aug. Manse Road Basin, Linlithgow, EH49 6AJ. www.lucs.org.uk Tel No. 01506 671215.
Adventure West Lothian has a number of great activities to suit some of our more adventurous travellers.
Morton Clay Targets
Purpose built paintball game zones include the now famous Bedlam Fort. Whether it’s with friends, colleagues or family you can enjoy a whole day of awesome entertainment with great value for money. So get ready for a day full of action for all types of occasion such as birthdays, a work day out or just a fun day with friends.
Morton Clay Targets offers excellent purpose built facilities for clay target shooting. The venue also plays host to major competitions. So get involved and find out if clay shooting could be your new hobby.
Open All Year 0844 247 3271
A1 Paintball This 5 Star Attraction
will give you a fun & memorable day out with your family & friends at an attractive price. The service is both personal and professional with the objective to give you the best day out with no hidden costs involved. Open All Year 07773 780220
Delta Force Paintball This attraction offers an adrenalin-fuelled day of paintball action in the picturesque Bathgate Hills. Open weekends plus one midweek day 0844 477 5058
Open all year 01506 884 500
Hopetoun Clays Enjoy clay pigeon shooting in the beautiful surroundings of Hopetoun House. Located within the grounds of this sublime stately home, the spectacular views will take you breath away. Group activities & private shooting lessons are available for beginners & those with experience. So whether it’s a hobby or a new skill you would like to learn, then contact Hopetoun House to book. Open all year 0131 331 9940
Skate Park Welcome to West Lothian’s best kept secret - The Livingston Skate Park has a full-pipe which is the first of its kind in any skate park in Europe. Located at the back of EQHQ Nightclub, Livingston. Livingston, EH54 6QU
Shopping West Lothian has some of the best shopping in Scotland. For those with an interest in a spot of retail therapy, Livingston is the fastest growing shopping centre in Scotland. Wandering around the two very different shopping centre’s you will find them bursting with the best designer brands and the latest styles in high street fashion. Livingston Designer Outlet Enjoy this unique indoor shopping experience within one of the largest shopping centres in Scotland. With over 70 boutiques offering discounts of up to 60% and a number of quality restaurants and cafés, it is the ideal place to explore with family or friends. Relax at one of the familyfriendly eating places, catch a movie at our eight-screen cinema or play a quick round at Paradise Island Adventure Golf. There’s something for everyone at Livingston Designer Outlet. Open All Year 01506 423 600 The Centre, Livingston Situated in the heart of Livingston, The Centre offers an elegant environment in which to shop and dine. With a large number and variety of shops, there are always new offers becoming available, so keep updated and find out where you can save money. Enjoy all the restaurants and style you would expect from the high street whilst being tucked away from the elements. Open All Year 01506 432 961
Local Shopping Hopetoun Farm Shop This 5 star farm shop near Newton offers a huge variety of local food & drink including a large butchery range sourced from the surrounding Hopetoun Estate. Other departments include a delicatessen, grocery, gifts and homewares plus wines, spirits & local beers. Open All Year 01506 830 716
Farmers Market Pick up your organic bread, meat, cheese and vegetables at the farmer’s market which takes place on the 4th Saturday of each month, from 10am to 2pm, in Linlithgow’s town centre
Traditional Towns Take a tour of our traditional town centres which offer a more personalized shopping experience. Linlithgow, Bathgate, Uphall & Broxburn plus many more offer locals and visitor a wide range of craft and gift shops, butchers, café and bars. West Lothian offers all the choice you could ever need and you’ll soon see that it’s difficult to go home empty handed after a visit.
History & Heritage Transport yourself back in time by hundreds, even thousands, of years with West Lothian’s rich heritage and history. Linlithgow Palace
House of the Binns
Inside one of the most spectacular ruins in Scotland you cannot help but walk in the footsteps of royalty. This royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Visit the great hall where monarchs hosted banquets, tour James IV’s suite of chambers or say a prayer in the private oratory of James V.
The House of the Binns stands as a living tribute to one of Scotland’s oldest families, the Dalyells, who have lived here for over 400 years. This pretty 17th Century House features family portraits and a unique collection of porcelain, paintings and furniture. Open June to September 01506 834255
Open all year 01506 842 896
West Lothian Local History Library
Scotland’s finest stately home set in acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the River Forth. With spectacular views and elegant design, this fabulous five star visitor attraction is a unique gem of Europe’s architectural heritage.
All about the history and heritage of West Lothian – and family history too. At the West Lothian Local History Library you can find out about the rich heritage of West Lothian from thousands of books, maps, photographs and old newspapers. Whether it’s the archaeology of West Lothian that you’re after, the history of its mining and shale industry or your own family history - we’re sure to be able to help. It’s the essential place to go to discover all things historic in West Lothian. Experts from the West Lothian Family History Society are in the library on Wednesdays and Fridays to give give genealogical help with your research. Just drop in – you never know what you might find!
Open Easter weekend to the final weekend of September. 0131 331 2451
Bennie Museum The Bennie Museum showcases the captivating history of Bathgate’s town and its residents. Learn how Bathgate played host to the world’s first oil refinery. Open all year: 11am – 3.30pm (Winter) 11am – 4pm (Summer). 01506 634 944
89-91 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7ED 01506 282491 www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/2055/Local-History-Library West Lothian Council–Local History Library
Annet House Museum & Gardens This fascinating museum with magnificent terraced gardens tells of the Kings and commoners who made Linlithgow’s history. With history and heritage at the forefront of this attraction, why not head along to find out what Linlithgow was really like back in olden times. Admission is free, donations are welcomed. Open from Tuesday 1st April 01506 670 677 until Friday 31 October
Cairnpapple Hill Stand on a once-sacred hilltop where people first held rituals and raised monuments some 5,500 years ago. You can visit a Neolithic henge, see the site of a great timber circle and descend into a Bronze Age cist grave (now covered by a modern, domed chamber). Open April to September, 01506 634622 weekends only – 1pm – 5pm.
Torphichen Preceptory Explore the high tower and other remains of the base of the powerful Knights Hospitallers and a seat of government for William Wallace in 1298, sitting within a ring of ancient
Outdoor adventures If you like the great outdoors for all ages you’ll love West Lothian. Take your pick of three superb country parks and an abundance of adventurous outdoor activities.
Three Superb Country Parks Ranger Service Events run right throughout the year plus other activities include fly fishing, golf, driving range, cycling and walking trails, BBQ hire, play areas and Visitor Centres. As well as the caravan & camping site at Beecraigs, their new luxury lodges provide a relaxing experience and comfort when enjoying the countryside.
sanctuary stones. Open 25 Mar to 30 Sept. Closed Tues – Thurs.
01506 653 733
Blackness Castle Step inside a largely intact medieval castle whose doughty defences once guarded the Firth of Forth. Known as ‘The Ship that Never Sailed’ for its boat-like shape, Blackness Castle was built in the 1400s for Sir George Crichton, Admiral of Scotland.
Beecraigs 01506 844 516 www.beecraigs.com
Open all year. Winter closed Thurs and Fri. 01506 834 807
West Lothian’s Local History Library A great place to find out about your local history and family heritage. With fantastic architecture, it’s worth a visit. There’s thousands of books, photos, maps, newspapers etc – and it’s all free. The library is located in Linlithgow Library. Open All Year. Excluding 01506 282 491 Mondays & Sundays.
Almondell & Calderwood 01506 882 254
Polkemmet 01501 743 905
Golf Clubs Challenge yourself and see if you have what it takes at one of our 14 golf clubs. Kingsfield Golf Centre
Deer Park Golf & Country Club
Kingsfield Golf is a 4 star Golf & Activity Centre offering a full array of golf related services including a 9-hole course, 18 hole golf course, driving range, beginner classes and a fantastic family putting green for all ages and abilities. They also have a number of events happening throughout the year so get in touch and find out what you could get involved in this year.
Deer Park is a premier Golf & Country Club offering a wide range of activities, family fun and great value for money whatever your interest. Enjoy our 18-hole course, Fitness & Leisure or Tenpin Bowling.
01506 671 607
Uphall Golf Club West Lothian’s most progressive club! With fantastic offers and events on throughout the year, there’s always something new happening at Uphall Golf Club. With a full golf membership available and a great mix of social and medal golf, there’s something for all you keen golfers to enjoy – whether it be a hobby or a career you want to pursue in the future. Interested? 01506 856 404
Polkemmet Golf Course Polkemmet can boast a popular 9-hole course with an unusual 9th hole over the river- 15bay floodlit golf range. The fantastic golf course is located in the beautiful surroundings of Polkemmet Country Park.
01506 446 699
Bathgate Golf Club Bathgate Golf Club is a fantastic setting for all keen golfers. The course has 18 holes measuring 6328 yards, par 71. There is a practice area, practice green, nets and three putting greens for all ages. There’s something for everyone so pursue you hobby and get down to Bathgate Golf Club this year. 01506 630 505
Linlithgow Golf Club Linlithgow Golf Club offers a 18-hole course of 5,851 yards situated above the historic town of Linlithgow. Take in the beautiful views of the Ochil Hills, the Union Canal and Forth Valley. 01506 671 044
01501 743 905
West Lothian Golf Club
Bridgend & District Golf Club
This hidden gem is a must play when visiting West Lothian. Established in 1892 this Championship course offers a challenge to every level of golfer along with stunning views over the River Forth.
Bridgend & District Golf Club is a great course to test your all around game. Located in the North of West Lothian, you can enjoy fantastic view over the Forth Valley to the Ochil Hills.
01506 826 030
01506 834 140
Pumpherston Golf Club
This magnificent award winning golf club and it’s impressive facilities are wonderfully challenging, visually spectacular, incredibly welcoming and completely affordable. To Join or Play, contact Pumpherston today.
01506 237 910
Our 9 hole golf course, situated in Balbardie Park of Peace at Xcite Bathgate, offers players an ideal course for beginners & experienced golfers. A great course for kids to learn the game!
01506 433 337
Harburn Golf Club Harburn Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole Parkland course with a good variety of Beech, Oak and Pine Trees. Founded in 1932 this course offers a challenge to golfers of all levels.
Oatridge Golf Club This rolling parkland course has a par of 35 and a standard scratch of 67, which explains what a great challenge it is. At 5,962 yards, this 9-hole course offers a test even for the more gifted golfer. 01506 859 636
01506 871 131
Greenburn Golf Club Greenburn Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole course with a mix of parkland and moorland. Having been in this location for over 50 years, it is a true test of traditional Scottish Golf. 01501 770 292
Niddry Castle Golf Club Niddry Castle Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 70, 5914 yard course set in a beautiful parkland setting amongst the ‘bings’ of West Lothian. You can enjoy beautiful views of the Pentland Hills. 01506 891 097
Walking Go walking in the Bathgate Hills and enjoy the breathtaking views or head in to the Pentland Hills where you will find over 100km of signposted routes. Stroll through any of our tranquil country parks or along the banks of the Union Canal. West Lothian has numerous pathways which crisscross the length of the county and offer a peaceful escape. Maps and suggested walking routes in West Lothian are available on www. visitwestlothian.co.uk The John Muir Way passes through some particularly picturesque parts of West Lothian including the Hopetoun estate and Linlithgow.
The route stretches 134 miles from west to east across central Scotland, beginning in Helensburgh and finishing in Dunbar; John Muir’s birthplace. Why don’t you enjoy the welcome hospitality of Linlithgow which is conveniently located along the way. Check out the website for more information http://johnmuirway.org
Fishing Many of our fisheries are open all year round and provide a haven for keen anglers. Fisheries include: Beecraigs Fishery
Beecraigs Country Park offers fly fishing in a sheltered, 20 acre, chalkspring Loch nestling in the hills, 2 miles South of Historic Linlithgow. Regularly stocked with quality rainbow trout with fly fishing from the boat and optional “Catch & Keep”/ “Catch & Release”.
Harperrig is a well known large compensation reservoir, visible from the A70 Lanark Road on the North West slopes of the Pentland Hills. Harperrig is the only Brown Trout fishery in the Lothians.
Open All Year 01506 846679
Bowden Springs Trout Fishery Originally known as ‘Carriber Reservoir’, Bowden Springs supplied domestic water to Bo’ness and the surrounding district. Two spring fed reservoirs drain from the beautiful hills around Torphichen to the South. One of the few local fisheries that allow fishing for Trout with bait as well as fly. Open all year 01506 847 269
March to October (Fly Fishing Only) 07771 594 802
Bangour Trout Fishery Bangour Trout Fishery is in a beautiful woodland setting within the Bathgate hills, we are a 7.5 acre trout fishery stalking rainbow, blue, tiger, golden and brown trout from 2lb to 26lb. Take a visit and discover some of the many species of trout present in the large reservoir. Mid March to end November 01506 811 335
Cycling One of the most pleasant ways of exploring West Lothian is by bicycle. Bring your own bike on the train or rent a bike at Hooked on Cycling in Bathgate, or Easygo Electric Bikes, Linlithgow and off you go. We also have a number of excellent bike shops including Linlithgow based Elevation Cycles and Pedal Power in West Calder. Check out our suggested cycling routes in West Lothian at www.visitwestlothian.co.uk
Horse Riding West Lothian is home to the Scottish National Equestrian Centre; a state of the art venue for all equestrian sports and activities. We also have a number of good quality riding stables which offer lessons for all levels of ability.
CALLING ALL OUTLANDER FANS! Are you looking to relive some of your favourite and most iconic scenes from this fantastic series? If so, then West Lothian can provide that exciting experience - stand where Jamie encounters Black Jack Randall, or visit the stately home of the Duke of Sandringham at Hopetoun House. If youâ€™re looking for a fantastic tour of these iconic Outlander locations, with all the history and knowledge you could need, then Maryâ€™s Meanders Linlithgow, can provide the perfect Outlander experience for all to enjoy. www.marysmeanders.co.uk 14
West Lothian has an excellent selection of garden centres to suit all levels of enthusiast. Whether you are looking for something special for the garden or just enjoying a day out with the family, we’re sure we’ll have it covered. Highlights include: New Hopetoun Gardens
Mill Garden Centre
Visit New Hopetoun Gardens for a great day out. 20 small themed gardens to entertain and inspire you, Orangery Tearoom and Gift Shop to tempt you and the biggest range of plants for sale in Scotland to delight you, all in a lovely woodland setting.
The Mill Garden Centre is a family-owned business just outside of Armadale. Stocks a wide range of plants and trees along with gardening accessories, fertilizers, plant foods, pots of various shapes and sizes and many other extras which all types of gardeners may require.
Open all Year 01506 834 433
Dobbies Garden Centre At Dobbies you will find a garden centre full of ideas, as well as beautiful flowers & plants. With seasonal products on offer and fresh new decorative ideas, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. If it’s some fresh produce you’re looking for then come along and visit the Foodhall for fresh local produce or enjoy a welcomed break in the restaurant. Open all year 01506 812000
Binny Plants Award winning specialist nursery supplying unusual plants to the gardeners of Scotland and beyond. Binny Plants isn’t just a nursery, it is a destination, a special oasis of plant heaven in Central Scotland. So pop along for a visit to view the beautiful plants available and get some advice on your gardening needs. Open All Year 01506 858 931
Open all year 01501 732 347
J & R VEITCH Garden Centre J&R VEITCH Garden Centre is a 3rd generation family run garden centre and plant nursery. It stocks a wide selection of plants, pots, compost and sundries and bedding plants grown in our own nursery. It is not only a garden centre but has many other facilities including a coffee shop, gift shop and much more. Open all year 01506 880 018
Visit the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway
Travel on our steam railway & enjoy Scotland’s largest railway museum.
Open April-October www.bkrailway.co.uk Union Street, Bo’ness. EH510AQ www.visitwestlothian.co.uk 15
Arts & Culture You can enjoy a wonderful selection of cultural events, activities and performances at West Lothian’s unique arts venues. Regal Community Theatre A community led Art Deco venue in the heart of Bathgate. The Regal offers a diverse programme of music,
Arts & Entertainment theatre, comedy and film.
Open All Year 01506 630 085
Howden Park Centre
Howden Park Centre West Lothian's most exciting venue for arts performances, music, theatre, comedy, exhibitions, art workshops and food. • 300 Seat auditorium • Art gallery • Stylish bar/bistro • Parkland setting • Parking Livingston, EH54 6AE | 01506 777666 howdenparkcentre.co.uk
Enjoy a busy programme of music, theatre, dance, comedy and family events at Livingston’s 4 star arts venue. Take in a free exhibition and relax with lunch or a coffee from the bistro. Open all year 01506 777 666
Linlithgow Burgh Halls
Linlithgow Burgh Halls The art gallery at Linlithgow Burgh Halls presents a changing programme of high quality exhibitions. • Admission free • Town centre • Historic building • Café with garden • Crafts & jewellery for sale Linlithgow, EH49 7AH | 01506 282720 linlithgowburghhalls.co.uk
A unique landmark building, featuring a dedicated art gallery showcasing the work of leading contemporary artists. The local history display, events, crafts for sale, self-help visitor information, café & garden make this the perfect stop off point. Open all year 01506 282 720
Food & Drink West Lothian has some of the best food and drink in Scotland. With so much on offer, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste when seeking a fine dining experience within West Lothian. Whether it’s Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican or much more; you can enjoy the very best food, from across the world. Our fantastic local food markets and butchers provide exceptional, quality Scottish cuisine; perfect for a tasty home cooked meal. Our local cake designers can provide sublime cakes, fit for any occasion. Also, if you’re looking for a good night out, then West Lothian’s nightlife is the perfect setting when you’re looking to enjoy a great night with friends and simply dance the night away! So next time you are dining out with friends, family or that special someone then check out our website www.visitwestlothian.co.uk to see what West Lothian can serve up for you.
in West Lothian
Here are some ideas for having a fantastic day out or overnight stay in West Lothian!
With the Family: Enjoy a fun day out with the family this year. 10.30am - Visit the award winning Scottish Owl Centre for a fun start to the day. While you are there take advantage of the centre’s ‘come and go all day’ ticket and head out into the rest of Polkemmet Country Park where you can enjoy walking and cycling, a fantastic golf course and adventure park. 13.30pm - Head into Bathgate and stop off for some lunch at the fantastic 1912. With a fantastic
With friends: When the weekend hits, it’s time to relax and have some fun with friends. 10.30am – Head to Hopetoun House and wander through each of the magnificent rooms while you learn more about its fascinating past. Take a stroll in the estate and enjoy the spectacular views over the Firth of Forth before heading back for lunch in the Stables Tearoom. 15.00pm - Take a visit to The Centre and Livingston Designer Outlet. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, then The Centre is the place to go. Enjoy designer brands at
range of quality snacks and a mouthwatering lunch menu, this child friendly restaurant offers a bustling atmosphere. 14.30pm - Finish off the afternoon with the family at the fun-filled Almond Valley Heritage Centre. Open all year round, this fantastic attraction has something to do for children of all ages. Whether it’s meeting and feeding the farm animals, getting involved in the fun seasonal events or simply bouncing round the play park to run off some energy. You are guaranteed to have a fabulous time.
low prices with Livingston Designer Outlet or treat yourself to some quality beauty products and fragrances in the department stores. 18.00pm - Sit back and relax with a lovely meal at Nando’s or Pizza Express. Situated directly along from the shops, these popular restaurants are great for friendly gatherings. With fantastic menus and great company this is a perfect way to reminisce over a lovely day with friends. 21.00pm – Get your dancing shoes on and head to Livingston’s top nightclub venue EQHQ. With all the best tracks and drinks on offer you can dance the night away.
You’ll receive a warm West Lothian welcome wherever you stay. The only tricky choice is selecting the style of accommodation that best suits your needs - and budget! Whether you are looking for a quality assured caravan and camping site, an award winning self-catering cottage, a cosy B&B or a stay at one of our sumptuous hotels you’ll find everything you need at: www.visitwestlothian.co.uk
Nearby Visits Besides all the great things to see and do in West Lothian, the area provides a great jumping off point to explore further afield. Some places to visit… Edinburgh Find out why Edinburgh is consistently Scotland’s most visited destination! Enjoy the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, the arts, the shopping, events and much more in this atmospheric historic city.
Glasgow You can look forward to a warm and friendly welcome in Glasgow. You will love the architecture, the culture, the people, not to mention the worldclass shopping in the heart of the city.
Falkirk Wheel Enjoy the exciting boat trip on this incredible feat of engineering which acts as the link between the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals.
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena Come and visit the world’s largest indoor climbing arena for an adrenaline packed afternoon. Whether it’s with friends, family or an individual hobby, it’s a great way to keep fit while enjoying a day out. Open all year 0131 333 6333
Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Come and visit the world’s largest indoor climbing arena for an adrenaline packed afternoon. Whether it’s with friends, family or an individual hobby, it’s a great way to keep fit while enjoying a day out. Open April - October 01506 822 298
Open All Year 08700 500 208
Jupiter Artland The Kelpies (Falkirk) Come and explore this new visitor attraction offering a great varied experience for the entire family. With so much to offer, head along to the Kelpies to view the fantastic design and architecture while have a fun-filled day with the family at the Helix Park. Open all year 01324 590 900
A contemporary sculpture garden in the grounds of Bonnington House, outside Edinburgh. This unique attraction is for the art lovers out there. Pre-booking required. Open May - September 01506 889 900
November Christmas Light Switch on in Livingston Thursday 16- Sunday 19 June Hopetoun Horse Trials
Dates for your diary Don’t miss out on these fantastic events throughout 2016!
Sunday 14 August Canal Fun Day, Linlithgow
Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 September Bathgate Music Festival
Saturday 28 May
West Lothian Highland Games, Bathgate
Saturday 4 June
Bathgate Procession & John Newland Festival
Tuesday 14 June
Thursday 16- Sunday 19 June Saturday/Sunday 2 & 3 July
Hopetoun Horse Trials Jousting at Linlithgow Palace
Wednesday evenings 20 July - Wednesday 17 August Sunday 14 August
Canal Fun Day, Linlithgow
Sunday 28 August
Linlithgow Classic Car Day
Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 September Thursday 7 - Sunday 11 September October/November November
Linlithgow Folk Festival
Hopetoun Bonfire and Fireworks Night Hopetoun’s Christmas Shopping Fair
Christmas Light Switch on in Livingston
Saturday 26 November
Bathgate Music Festival
Linlithgow Book Festival
Friday 25 - Sunday 27 November November
Scotch Hop at Linlithgow Palace
Linlithgow Advent Fayre
Christmas in Bathgate
Saturday 3 December
Broxburn & Uphall Christmas Party
Located just 25 minutes from the city centre, MadMax Adventures is the perfect place for your day time activities in Edinburgh for a stag or hen do or corporate away day.
Friends of the Pentlands have developed a new path from Selm Muir Wood, past Hillycow Wigwams to Little Vantage and on to West Linton in the Pentlands.
MadMax Adventures gives you the chance to try some of the most thrilling outdoor activities around. Set in the beautiful parkland of Kirknewton Estate, we have purpose built Archery and Clay Pigeon Shooting ranges, a specially designed Off-Road 4×4 course and an extensive Quad Trail right here on site. That means you can do as many of these activities as you want without having to relocate each time!
This is a fantastic opportunity for locals and tourists to explore the beautiful countryside within Kirknewton, with lovely views of surrounding areas. Take a relaxing stroll up the Pentlands wih the scenic walkway.
Stag and Hen parties, corporate days, team building exercises, we can accommodate it all. So if you’re visiting Edinburgh, pay us a visit to try a day packed with adventure!
You can access Selm Muir by walking from Kirknewton train station, up Leyden Road.
Call 0845 901 1424, visit www.madmaxadventures.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilly Cow Wigwams has an idillic setting on a working farm, with stunning views across the Forth Valley.
A zero energy eco building in rural Kirknewton Ideal for meetings, training facilities, team building days and birthday/movie parties. Prices from £15 delegate fee and £10 an hour event hire. For full details e-mail email@example.com or visit www.kirknewton.org Kirknewtoneh27 kirknewtoneh27 01506 883988. 12 Main Street, Kirknewton, EH27 8AH
Centrally located just 10 miles from Edinburgh and 5 miles from Livingston, makes it easy for guests. If you are looking for a rustic, countryside, relaxed or festival feel to your stay or wedding then Hilly Cow is ideal. It’s a glamping site with beautifully restored stone builds, grounds and marquee, fantastic for those precious photos.
Leyden Farm, outside Kirknewton, EH27 8DQ Tel: 07824 770568 | www.hillycowwigwams.co.uk21 www.visitwestlothian.co.uk
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How to reach West Lothian STIRLING
M8 TO AIRPORT
FIRTH OF FORTH
LIVINGSTON KIRKNEWTON KIRKNEWTON
WHITBURN SHOTTS SHOTTS
Major Road Network
WEST WEST CALDER CALDER
Major Rail Network
Forth Bridge - World Heritage Site
By Car: Two of Scotlandâ€™s main motorways cross West Lothian, making access to the area very straightforward. Join the M8, connecting Edinburgh and Glasgow, or the M9 which links West Lothian to Stirling and the North.
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