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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 History, Heritage & Archaeology facts you didn’t know about West Lothian

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West Lothian was formed from parts of the old counties of Linlithgowshire and Edinburghshire.

The hit TV series Outlander was filmed at 3 different historic properties in West Lothian – Hopetoun House, Midhope Castle and Linlithgow Palace. James Young’s Bathgate Chemical Works, started in 1851, was one of the worlds first oil refineries.

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Mary, Queen of Scots, Scotland’s most infamous and fascinating queen was born in the magnificent Linlithgow Palace. The expansive summit of Cairnpapple Hill – a rare ceremonial ground in the Bathgate Hills was a significant site for ceremonies and burials for at least 4,000 years.


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Family Fun

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Adventure

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Shopping

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History & Heritage

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Golf Clubs

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Fishing

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Walking & Outlander

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Cycling & Horse Riding

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Gardens

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Arts & Culture

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Linlithgow & Livingston

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Food & Drink

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24 hours in West Lothian

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Accommodation

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Nearby Visits

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Dates for your diary

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West Lothian Map

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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

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. Interactive education area, gift shop and giant owl chute. Based in Polkemmet Country Park you can come and go all day.

Open April to August: 10.30am – 5pm; Feb, March, Sept & Oct: 11.30am – 4pm; Jan & Nov weekends: 11.30am – 2pm

 01501 228 184

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

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Five Sisters Zoo

Come and meet a wonderful variety of animals from lions to lynx, bats to bears and cockatoos to crocodiles! Enjoy a large indoor reptile house, walkthrough areas, outdoor play & picnic area, cafe, gift shop and free parking and a new indoor soft play facility opening this summer. With daily keeper talks, feeding and handling sessions you’re guaranteed a fun and educational day for all the family. Open 7 days a week: October – March: 10am – 5pm (Exc. 25th Dec & 1st Jan) April – September: 10am – 6pm  01506 870 000

JumpStation Trampoline Park

Enjoy some jumping, flipping, bouncing and even flying through the air at JumpStation. No matter what your age, it’s great fun for everyone! This next generation trampoline park has over 80 interconnected trampolines which have been tailored for people of all ages and skill levels. Come and join in with all the fun at JumpStation. Open All Year  01506 431 188


Paradise Island Adventure Golf

Set amidst a tropical paradise, this is golf as you’ve never seen it before; surrounded by tiki hut, palm trees and exotic plants. With interactive courses and colourful decorations, 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). Open All Year  01506 415 546

Linlithgow Canal Centre

The Canal Centre offers a unique opportunity to take a boat along The Union Canal. Enjoy a boat trip along our peaceful waters or pop into our cosy tearoom and free museum. No booking necessary.

Family fun

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

Potter Around

Potter Around is a pottery painting studio with a difference. Set on a working farm in picturesque Kirknewton, you can paint, make jewellery, spin the potters’ wheel, knit and more. Open All Year  01506 238 961

Open 15th April to 24th September  01506 671 215

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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Family fun

Escape Livingston

Escape is a new, fun, challenging live exit game in the centre of Livingston. In order to beat the live escape game you and your team must solve many puzzles, riddles, brain teasers and identify clues. Using only your powers of observation and problem solving, do you have what it takes to escape? Open All Year  0787 620 4273

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 zip around on the children’s karts while parents watch them from the comfort of the café area. Open All Year  01506 873 888

Getting Gooey

Getting Gooey is a small chocolate & crafting workshop that is a little more personalised than the usual chocolate workshop. People can make items with chocolate and then craft items afterwards, tailored to a theme like ‘super heroes’ or pirates and princesses or even a special movie or pop band. From hen parties, to children parties, to drop-in workshops, Getting Gooey caters to all needs. Open All Year  01506 411 978

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

Xcite Leisure Centres

Amazing Indoor Soft Play Centre

ACTIVITY CENTRE

9:30am-5pm Weekdays Term Time 10am - 5pm Weekends & School Holidays We have a spectacular play frame for all the family to enjoy. Watch your children in active play whilst you relax and enjoy our quality hot drinks and delicious homemade food.

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The Hive Play and Party Centre Standhill Industrial Estate Whitburn Road, Bathgate EH48 2HR E: hive.softplay@gmail.com W: www.thehivesoftplay.com T: 01506 656 989

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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


Family fun

Shops.Eats. Places to meet. Enjoy over 150 of your favourite brands and eateries all under one roof in Scotland’s largest retail town, just off junction 3 on the M8. It’s great when it all comes together!

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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

Bathgate Cinema

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Enjoy all the biggest films in comfort in the heart of Bathgate town centre. You will find spacious seats and plenty of leg room, with couches also available. Open All Year  0751 999 5827

Low Port Centre

Low Port offers a quality outdoor experience for organized groups. Based in Linlithgow, beside the beautiful Loch, sailing, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking are just some of the sports that you can try here. Booking is essential  01506 284 400 www.visitwestlothian.co.uk

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Adventure

West Lothian has a number of great activities to suit some of our more adventurous travellers.

Armadale Speedway

This fantastic professional sport offers an exciting evening out for all the family. With speeds of 0-60mph in 3 seconds, watch the bikes race around the track at top speeds. Gates open at 6.30pm with racing underway at 7.30pm every Friday. Open every Friday evening - March to October.  01501 734 404

Bedlam Paintball

Experience uniquely themed paintball game zones that have been creatively designed to give you a realistic experience. Create lasting memories between friends, families and colleagues. Take advantage of special offers and deals for birthday parties, stag or hen-do, corporate events and more! Open All Year  0844 247 3271

Mad Max Adventures

Offering Quad Bike Safari, Clay Shooting, Archery and 4x4 Offroad Driving, MadMax Adventures is located by Kirknewton just 30 minutes west of Edinburgh and is graded by VisitScotland a 4 star attraction. Group bookings can be made 7 days a week, and bookings for individuals and couples can be made most weekends. Open All Year  0345 901 1424

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Delta Force Paintball Bathgate Hills.

This attraction offers an adrenalin-fuelled day of paintball action in the picturesque

Open weekends plus one midweek day.  0844 477 5050

Morton Clay Targets

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  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 your 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 Clays to book. Open All Year  0131 331 9940

Livingston Skate Park

Welcome to West Lothian’s best kept secret – The Livingston Skate Park has a fullpipe 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 on offer and Livingston is the fastest growing shopping destination 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 at Scotland’s largest designer outlet. With over 80 iconic and high street brands offering discounts of up to 60% and a number of quality restaurants and cafes. Whether you’re shopping, catching a movie or playing a quick round of adventure golf, it’s the ideal place to explore with family or friends. There’s something for everyone at Livingston Designer Outlet Open All Year. (excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)  01506 423 600

The Centre, Livingston

Situated in the heart of Livingston, Scotland’s largest retail town, The Centre offers a friendly, relaxed environment in which to shop, eat and meet. With over 155 shops and restaurants, there is a huge choice of brands to choose from – large high street retailers such as M&S, Primark and Debenhams as well as smaller specialist operators such as Smiggle and The Retreat. 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

in Linlithgow’s town centre.

Pick up your organic bread, cheese and chutneys at the farmer’s market which takes place on the 4th Saturday of each month, from 10am to 2pm,

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 visitors 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.

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History & Heritage

Celebrate the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology and transport yourself back in time with West Lothian’s rich heritage and history. Linlithgow Palace

Annet House Museum & Gardens

Open All Year  01506 842 896

Open from Tuesday 1st April to Friday 31 October  01506 670 677

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 palace is one of our popular Outlander filming locations.

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.

Hopetoun House

Scotland’s finest stately home set in acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the River Forth and the UNESCO Forth Rail Bridge. With spectacular views and elegant design, this fabulous five star visitor attraction is a unique gem of Europe’s architectural heritage and will be familiar to many Outlander fans! Open Easter weekend to the final weekend of September  0131 331 2451

House of the Binns

The House of the Binns stands as a living tribute to one of Scotland’s oldest families, the Dalyells, who have lived there for nearly 400 years. This pretty 17th Century House features family portraits and a unique collection of porcelain, paintings and furniture. Open June to September  0844 493 2127

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Visit the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway o Kids g !* free Registered charity SC002375

Travel on our steam railway and enjoy Scotland’s largest railway museum. Open Easter - October www.bkrailway.co.uk

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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  01506 634 944

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 Sept. Friday to Monday: 9:30am – 5:30pm  01506 634 622

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 sanctuary stones. The preceptory is located in the pretty village of Torphichen, directly across from the popular Torphichen Inn. Open April to Sept. Weekends only: 1pm – 5pm  01506 653 733

Outdoor adventures for all ages

If you like the great outdoors 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, BBQ facilities, cycling, mountain bike trails, walking, orienteering and horse-riding. At Beecraigs you can enjoy their brand new visitor centre and cafe, caravan & camping site with luxury lodges which provide a relaxing experience and comfort whilst enjoying the countryside.

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 boatlike shape, Blackness Castle was built in the 1400s for Sir George Crichton, Admiral of Scotland. The castle’s striking appearance made it an ideal location for appearing in Outlander.

Beecraigs  01506 284 516

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Open All Year. Winter closed Thurs and Fri.  01506 834 807

West Lothian 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 are thousands of books, photos, maps, newspapers etc – and it’s all free. The library is located in the left hand side of the County Buildings, overlooking the historic Cross Well in the heart of Linlithgow. Open All Year: Excluding Mondays & Sundays  01506 282 491

Almondell & Calderwood

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Polkemmet

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Golf Clubs

Challenge yourself and see if you have what it takes at one of our 14 golf clubs.

Kingsfield Golf Centre

Bathgate Golf Club

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West Lothian’s most progressive club! With fantastic offers and events 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?

Linlithgow Golf Club is one of the best courses in West Lothian offering an18-hole course of 5,851 yards situated above the historic town of Linlithgow. Boasting some of the best greens around, a friendly clubhouse with superb catering and bar as well as a very comprehensive Professional Shop facility. You can also take in beautiful views of the Ochil Hills, the Union Canal and Forth Valley.

Kingsfield Golf is a 4 star Golf & Activity Centre offering a full array of golf related services including a 9-hole course, driving range and 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.

Uphall Golf Club

 01506 856 404

Polkemmet Golf Course

Polkemmet can boast a popular 9-hole course with an unusual 9th hole over the river- 15-bay floodlit golf range. The fantastic golf course is located in the beautiful surroundings of Polkemmet Country Park.  01501 743 905

Deer Park Golf & Country Club 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 446 699

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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 your hobby and get down to Bathgate Golf Club this year.

Linlithgow Golf Club

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West Lothian Golf Club

Greenburn Golf Club

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Niddry Castle Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 70, 5,914 yard course set in a beautiful parkland setting, located in the historic mining village of Winchburgh. You can enjoy beautiful views of the Pentland Hills.

Bridgend & District Golf Club is a great course to test your all round game. Located in the North of West Lothian, you can enjoy fantastic views over the Forth Valley to the Ochil Hills.

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.

Niddry Castle Golf Club

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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 432 869

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 1933 this course offers a challenge to golfers of all levels.  01506 871 131

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.

Bridgend & District Golf Club

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Balbardie Park

Our 9 hole golf course, situated in the 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 237 910

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 www.visitwestlothian.co.uk

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Come and join us at West Lothian’s best conditioned course. Whether that’s as a member, where we have great packages for all ages, or just for a leisurely round, call Gordon Law on 01506 855553 and he’ll look after your every need.

Fishing

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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”. Open All Year  01506 846 679 / 07577 400 117

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

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Harperrig Fisheries

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 from 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, Bangour is 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. Open from mid-March to end November  01506 811 335


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 country and offer a peaceful escape. Maps and suggested walking routes in West Lothian are available on www.visitwestlothian.co.uk.

The John Muir Way

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 www.johnmuirway.org

OU T LAN DER THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED OUTLANDER TV SERIES HAS BEEN TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM. The series was filmed in locations throughout Scotland, including multiple in West Lothian, the rest of the Central Belt and right up to the Highlands. Locations around West Lothian include the iconic Linlithgow Palace, nearby Blackness Castle, Midhope Castle and of course Scotland’s finest stately home, Hopetoun House. There are a number of companies who now offer Outlander themed tours. Two of these guides are based in West Lothian and both have vast knowledge of Outlander: Mary’s Meanders & Mini Kilt Tours.

Mary’s Meanders

Join Emma and Anne on an Inspired by Outlander Day Tour in Scotland in 2017/18 and let them take you off the beaten track to the romantic castles and sweeping scenery that inspired Diana Galbaldon’s Outlander novels. Enjoy a one or two day shared tour, where the Mary’s Meanders team will guide you to a number of the iconic locations as seen in the series.  01506 811 335

Mini Kilt Tours

Take an Outlander tour with Mini Kilt Tours. Immerse yourself in all things Outlander, and enjoy a 7 day (6 night) tour which will take you to all of the Outlander locations used throughout Scotland. Take in sites in West Lothian, including Hopetoun House, Blackness Castle and of course Linlithgow Palace.  0773 870 4072

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Cycling

One of the most pleasant ways of exploring West Lothian is by bicycle.

West Lothian has everything from plenty of flat and not too hilly routes for starters to steeper climbs and an extensive network of roads for the more seasoned cyclist. There are an infinite number of route options incorporating a variety of terrain from long drags to shorter, steeper climbs to flat terrain, and of course to some leg testers in the “Bathgate Alps”. You can bring your own bike on the train or rent a bike at Hooked on Cycling in Bathgate and off you go. We also have a number of excellent bike shops including Linlithgow based Elevation Cycles and Pedal Power in West Calder. There are bikes available to hire at Linlithgow Train Station via the Bike2Go Scheme. Hire your bike from the station ticket office. 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.

It offers some fantastic facilities, including an international arena with viewing area, warm up arena, outdoor grass arena and accommodation for both the horse and rider. They also have a number of good quality riding stables which offer lessons for all levels of ability. Open All Year  01506 865 714

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Gardens

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

Visit New Hopetoun Gardens for a great day out, with 20 small themed gardens to entertain and inspire you, the 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. 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 suite everyone’s taste. If it’s some fresh produce you’re looking for then come along and visit the Foodhall or enjoy a welcome break in our restaurant. Open All Year  01506 812 000

Binny Plants

Mill Garden Centre

The Mill Garden Centre is a family-owned business just outside of Armadale. The centre stocks a wide range of plants and trees along with gardening accessories, plant foods, pots of various shapes and sizes and many other gifts and extras which all types of gardeners may require. 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

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

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Arts & Culture

You can enjoy a wonderful selection of cultural events, activities and performances at West Lothian’s unique arts venues. Regal Community Theatre

Howden Park Centre

Linlithgow Burgh Halls

A community led Art Deco venue in the heart of Bathgate. The Regal offers a diverse programme of music, theatre, comedy and film. The venue offers space and support for voluntary and professional arts groups to meet, rehearse, and present their work.

Enjoy a busy programme of music, theatre, comedy, dance and family events at Livingston’s 4 star arts venue. Take in a free exhibition and relax with lunch or a coffee from the café bar.

A unique landmark building, featuring a dedicated art gallery showcasing the work of leading contemporary artists. The local history display, events, artist talks, cafe and garden make this the perfect place to visit before or after a visit to Linlithgow Palace.

Open All Year  01506 777 666

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Arts & Entertainment 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 café bar • Parkland setting • Parking Livingston, EH54 6AE | 01506 777666 howdenparkcentre.co.uk

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 • Venue Hire Linlithgow, EH49 7AH | 01506 777666 linlithgowburghhalls.co.uk

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Linlithgow

West Lothian’s most historic town perfectly blends old and new offering visitors an array of wonderful sights, events, shopping and dining.

The Royal Burgh houses the majestic ruin of Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. Along with St Michael’s Parish, Linlithgow Loch and Peel and the iconic Cross Well. A walk down the High Enjoy a number of boat trips – advanced booking not required! Weekend Boat Trips - depart every Sat & Sun, Sat 15th April - Sun 24th September between 2pm & 4.30pm. Midweek Town Boat Trips depart weekdays from 3rd July - 18th August. Departures every half hour, between 2pm & www.newhopetoungardens.co.uk 4pm. Falkirk Wheel tours take place 28th May, 25th June, 30th July & 27th Aug.

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Street reveals many historic buildings along with several old “wynds” and “closes”. Whilst there take a trip to Annet House Museum and trace the town’s links to some of Scotland’s great monarchs.

Annet House Museum and Garden Visit Linlithgow’s Museum and discover more about the town’s rich heritage and its people. See our secret garden away from the noise and bustle of the High Street. Open April to October, 11am - 5pm, Monday Saturday, 1pm to 4pm Sundays. 143 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7EJ | Tel: 01506 670677. Email: enquiries@annethousemuseum.org.uk www.annethousemuseum.org.uk

Livingston

Livingston is the home of shopping in West Lothian! Visitors flock from far and wide to enjoy the luxury brand labels available at discounted prices in the Livingston Designer Outlet Centre. While across the road – The Centre features UK High Street brands along with a great selection of eateries. Livingston also offers lots of family fun with Almond Valley Heritage Centre, taking in a show at Howden Park Centre, learning new tricks at the Livingston Skate Park or enjoying some time outdoors to stroll by the river at Almond Park. www.visitwestlothian.co.uk

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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.

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Enjoy a fun day out with the family this year. 10:30am – Head to Hopetoun House and wander through each of the magnificent rooms while you learn more about its amazing history. 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. 14:00pm – Enjoy a fun filled afternoon at Almond Valley Heritage Centre. Learn about the history of the West Lothian shale oil mining era, meet and feed the farm animals or simply bounce round the

play park or Visit Five Sisters Zoo and meet their wonderful array of wild and exotic animals. From bears to lions, ring-tailed lemurs and porcupines, you will have a chance to get up close and personal to them. 16.00pm – Finish off the day by having a good old jump, flip and bounce at JumpStation Trampoline Park. It is the perfect place to burn off some energy and work up a tea time appetite. With over 80 interconnected trampolines which have been tailored for people of all ages and skill levels, it’s the perfect place for all the family.

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Designer Outlet or treat yourself to some quality beauty products and fragrances in the department stores.

12:30pm – Take a wander down Linlithgow high street and stop off for some lunch at the fantastic Taste Café or Brodies Tearoom. With a wonderful array of delicious foods and wines, you are sure to find something to tickle those taste buds.

19:00pm – Head back into the Livingston Designer Outlet and finish your day in the par-fect way with Paradise Island Adventure Golf. Set amidst a tropical paradise, this is golf as you’ve never seen it before.

When the weekend hits, it’s time to relax and have some fun with friends. 10:30am – Take a trip to Linlithgow and enjoy a nice stroll around the iconic Linlithgow Palace, Peel & Loch, birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. Take in the beautiful sites, whilst learning the history of some of Scotland’s greatest monarchs.

14.00pm – Take a visit to The Centre and Livingston Designer Outlet. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, they are the place to go. Enjoy designer brands at low prices with Livingston

17:30pm – Sit back and relax and enjoy a lovely meal at Nandos, wagamamas or Ask Italian. Situated directly alongside 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 – Grab your dancing shoes and head down to Livingston’s top nightclub venue EQHQ. With all the best tracks and drinks on offer you really can dance the night away! www.visitwestlothian.co.uk

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Accommodation

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! From traditional to modern, luxury to affordable, accommodation in West Lothian caters to a variety of tastes, styles and budgets.

Whether you are looking for a friendly bed and breakfast as part of a short break to Scotland, an old village inn, hotel accommodation for a business trip

or somewhere luxurious for your wedding night, you are sure to find something to suit your requirements – we even have camping facilities for those who wish to sleep beneath the stars. Next time you are looking for a place to stay in West Lothian, whether it’s for yourself, friends or family, check out our website www.visitwestlothian.co.uk and find the perfect place to stay in West Lothian.

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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 world-class shopping in the heart of the city.

Falkirk Wheel

largest railway museum. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of old fashioned train travel. Open April-October + special events in December and Easter  01506 822298

The Kelpies (Falkirk)

Head along to the iconic Kelpies to view the amazing design and architecture from the fantastic Andy Scott. Make a day of it by having a fun-filled day with the family at the Helix Park and a tasty lunch in the café. Open All Year  01324 590 900

Enjoy the exciting boat trip on this incredible feat of engineering which acts as the link between the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals.

Jupiter Artland

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 to September  01506 889 900

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

Fully equipped motorhomes with optional extras such as box trailers, silent generators, bicycles, gas, barbeques, child safety seats, boosters, food hampers, bedding, towels and so much more.

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

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How to reach West Lothian STIRLING

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GLASGOW

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International Airport

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Major Road Network

By Car:

Two of Scotland’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.

By Train:

West Lothian is very accessible by train with three separate rail lines spanning across the county from west to east. All main towns in West Lothian have their own train stations, with trains coming from across Scotland.

WEST WEST CALDER CALDER

WEST LOTHIAN

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FAULDHOUSE FAULDHOUSE

Major Rail Network

Forth Bridge - World Heritage Site

By Bus:

Bus routes from Edinburgh and Glasgow can be taken directly into Livingston, Linlithgow and Bathgate, from here local bus connections travel throughout West Lothian. Visit www.travelinescotland.com to work out your route from any location in Scotland. In just a few minutes, the journey planner will find the quickest and easiest way for you to reach your destination.

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www.visitscotland.com

www.westlothian.gov.uk

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VWL Visitor Guide 2017/18  

Online copy of Visit West Lothian's Visitor Guide 2017/18.

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Online copy of Visit West Lothian's Visitor Guide 2017/18.

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