Attractions and Activities

You are spoiled for choice, with the rich diversity of visitor attractions, both in West Lothian itself and further beyond. Drive at leisure, jump on a bus or take the train to the cities from nearby Bathgate railway station

All the information you need is provided in your pack but just to whet your appetite here is a little of what is available to you, within easy drive times from the cottage


Edinburgh and Glasgow – With hundreds of attractions and restaurants

Stirling – The gateway to the Highlands, associations with major historic events Stirling Castle and shopping at the Thistle Center

Falkirk – A bustling historic town with two indoor shopping centers, the fantastic Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel plus boat trips on the Lowland Canal network

Blackness – A small village with a 15th century castle on the shores of the River Forth with fine views over the river to Fife. Nearby is the House of The Binns

Livingston – Shop till you drop at one of Scotland’s largest shopping complexes and fabulous designer outlets

South Queensferry and the famous Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and recently completed Queensferry Crossing bridge.

Bo’ness – With it’s railway museum and steam train trips.

Linlithgow – A very historic old town. The palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots

The Trossachs – Scotland at it’s scenic best and trips to Callander and Aberfoyle are a must!


Fishing – for brown and rainbow trout on Linlithgow Loch, Beecraigs Reservoir, Bangour Fishery and local rivers. Booking and permits required

Walking – Muiravonside,Beecraigs and Polkemmet Country Parks are all within 15 minutes drive. Alternatively why not walk the extensive path network directly from the cottage?

Golf – There are six 18 hole courses and two 9 hole courses within 15 minutes also a golf driving range at Kingsfield, Linlithgow

Boat Trips – The Maid of The Forth at South Queensferry with lunch and jazz on board also short trips on the Union/Forth & Clyde canals from Linlithgow, Falkirk and Ratho

Keep Fit/Swimming – Armadale, Linlithgow, Livingston are only a short drive

Cinemas – The restored Hippodrome in Bo’ness and multiplexes at Livingston and Falkirk

Eating Out – Good restaurants, hotels and country pubs near Bathgate and Linlithgow or eat in with a delicious take away. Most outlets will deliver to your door

Supermarkets – Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda are all 10 minutes away. There is also a selection of shops in Armadale which is a 5 minute drive from the cottage.