There are lots of little historical villages surrounding a modern centre with quiet and friendly neighbourhoods, which is perfect for families. For those who like walking, there are many scenic routes especially along the Union Canal which goes from Edinburgh to Falkirk.
What to Expect
For those who like to explore the great outdoors, there are ancient burial grounds, a ruined palace, castles, stately homes and mining villages.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to one of the local cafes, delicatessens, bars and fine dining restaurants, or even the farmers markets for some treats.
West Lothian is also a commuter hot spot as it’s ideal for travelling to Edinburgh, Glasgow or the central belt.
You'll Fall in Love With
There is a real community feel due to the small friendly villages, and it is ideal for those who love the countryside with lots of woodland walks and country parks.
Great Place to Go
EAT: The Chop & Ale House, Bar Leo, So Strawberry Caffe, Frankie & Benny’s
DRINK: Auld Hole in the Wall, Oscar’s Bar & Grill, The Livingston Inn
SHOP: Livingston Designer Outlet, The Centre
PLAY: Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Beecraigs Country Park, Almond Park, Polkemmet Country Park
FITNESS: Swimming pools, sports centres, health & fitness centres
GROOM: Allure Beauty Salon, Streaks Ahead (Hairdresser), Facelook Beauty, Wonderland Hair & Beauty
INDULGE: Linlithgow Farmers Market, Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes, Artisan Cheesecakes, Wheat Free Bakery Direct
INSPIRE: Linlithgow Palace, Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Beecraigs Country Park, Hopetoun House
Bus Routes, Tram Stops
The public transport is good, with an array of bus routes and a number of train stations. Bathgate and Livingston are on the same line connecting visitors from Edinburgh main line stations in the East to Glasgow Queen Street in the West. There are four trains per hour.
Linlithgow Palace is the birthplace of James V and Mary, Queen of Scots. West Lothian is also home to many famous people including Susan Boyle, David Tennant and former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond.