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We offer a great range of fun, interesting & exciting things to do!

Steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful countryside, West Lothian is Scotland’s secret gem.  Conveniently situated between Edinburgh and Glasgow, it provides a perfect day out for visitors with activities for all ages.

Relive Scotland’s heritage and visit a stately home, a medieval kirk or the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Young explorers can discover nature at an outdoor country park, spend time with farm animals or indeed, view wild animals. With soft play, arts and crafts or a spot of adventure golf, there are loads of fun children’s activities too.

Improve your golf swing, visit the theatre or just while away the hours with a fishing rod, why not visit West Lothian today?

 

Highlights

  • Linlithgow Palace and Peel Linlithgow Palace
    Linlithgow

    This royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. You can see the elaborate, restored fountain in action every Sunday in July and August.

  • The Hive The Hive Play and Party Centre
    Bathgate

    The Hive Soft Play has a spectacular play frame for all the family to enjoy.

  • Canal Fun Day ©Martine Stead Linlithgow Canal Centre
    Linlithgow

    Canal Cruises to Avon Aqueduct, Linlithgow Boat Trips, Tearoom, Canal Museum, Charters and Self-Drive Canal Boat Hire. Open from Easter until the end of September

  • Back of House View Hopetoun House
    South Queensferry

    Built over 300 years ago, Hopetoun continues to be the home of the Hope family. Hopetoun was also used as a filming location in the internationally acclaimed Outlander TV program.

  • lion Five Sisters Zoo
    West Calder

    Five Sisters Zoo Park is a fabulous attraction which offers fun for all the family. Take a visit to see the newest arrivals - Lions!

  • Binny Plants Binny Plants
    Broxburn & Uphall

    Binny Plants is a family run business who specialise in unusual hardy perennials and peonies.

  • Clubhouse Pumpherston Golf Club
    Livingston

    Pumpherston is a 6000 yard, par 70 course with greens constructed to USPGA standard. The course offers a true test for golfers of all abilities

  • Scottish Owl Centre Slide The Scottish Owl Centre
    Whitburn

    See Owls from all over the world and enjoy the daily all-weather flying displays and Prof Hoot’s Owl School. Open Feb-Nov. Jan&Dec: Booking only

  • Potter Around Potter Around
    Kirknewton

    Potter Around is a friendly and welcoming craft studio offering a number of arts and crafts activities run by knowledgeable, helpful staff.

  • Uphall Golf Club - exterior Clubhouse Uphall Golf Club
    Broxburn & Uphall

    Uphall Golf Club, an 18 hole parkland course, is 5588 yards, par 69, maintained to a high standard, adjacent to Macdonald Houstoun House. The bar & restaurant open daily and visitors very welcome.

  • FREE Bathgate Academy West Lothian Local History Library
    Linlithgow

    West Lothian Local History Library – all about the history and heritage of West Lothian – and family history too.

  • Nutty Bouncer Almond Valley Heritage Centre
    Livingston

    A wonderful day of adventure and play featuring friendly farmyard animals.

  • Low Port Centre Low Port Centre
    Linlithgow

    Providers of outdoor education and residential experience to schools, organised groups and individuals

  • FREE View of Annet House from Street Annet House Museum
    Linlithgow

    Visit Annet House Museum on the town’s High Street to discover Linlithgow’s fascinating history. Open from 1st April until end October.

  • © Cook Tully Edinburgh Monarchs Edinburgh Monarchs Armadale Speedway
    Armadale

    Motorcycle Speedway Racing on a premier track for all the family! Race Friday Nights from March to October

  • Walk Across Scotland Walk Across Scotland
    Broxburn & Uphall

    Specialising in self-guided walking holidays across Scotland’s most beautiful & awe inspiring landscapes.

  • New Hopetoun Gardens New Hopetoun Gardens
    South Queensferry

    New Hopetoun Gardens are full of inspirational ideas for your own garden. Explore our small gardens each month, from the Winter Walk in the Woodland, through the timeless Oriental Garden.

  • Ancestral Tourism Discover your Ancestors in West Lothian

    West Lothian is a place full of history and heritage. Begin your ancestral journey here.

  • Linlithgow Palace and Peel Linlithgow Palace
    Linlithgow

    This royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. You can see the elaborate, restored fountain in action every Sunday in July and August.

  • The Hive The Hive Play and Party Centre
    Bathgate

    The Hive Soft Play has a spectacular play frame for all the family to enjoy.

  • Canal Fun Day ©Martine Stead Linlithgow Canal Centre
    Linlithgow

    Canal Cruises to Avon Aqueduct, Linlithgow Boat Trips, Tearoom, Canal Museum, Charters and Self-Drive Canal Boat Hire. Open from Easter until the end of September

  • Back of House View Hopetoun House
    South Queensferry

    Built over 300 years ago, Hopetoun continues to be the home of the Hope family. Hopetoun was also used as a filming location in the internationally acclaimed Outlander TV program.

  • lion Five Sisters Zoo
    West Calder

    Five Sisters Zoo Park is a fabulous attraction which offers fun for all the family. Take a visit to see the newest arrivals - Lions!

  • Binny Plants Binny Plants
    Broxburn & Uphall

    Binny Plants is a family run business who specialise in unusual hardy perennials and peonies.

  • Clubhouse Pumpherston Golf Club
    Livingston

    Pumpherston is a 6000 yard, par 70 course with greens constructed to USPGA standard. The course offers a true test for golfers of all abilities

  • Scottish Owl Centre Slide The Scottish Owl Centre
    Whitburn

    See Owls from all over the world and enjoy the daily all-weather flying displays and Prof Hoot’s Owl School. Open Feb-Nov. Jan&Dec: Booking only

  • Potter Around Potter Around
    Kirknewton

    Potter Around is a friendly and welcoming craft studio offering a number of arts and crafts activities run by knowledgeable, helpful staff.

  • Uphall Golf Club - exterior Clubhouse Uphall Golf Club
    Broxburn & Uphall

    Uphall Golf Club, an 18 hole parkland course, is 5588 yards, par 69, maintained to a high standard, adjacent to Macdonald Houstoun House. The bar & restaurant open daily and visitors very welcome.

  • FREE Bathgate Academy West Lothian Local History Library
    Linlithgow

    West Lothian Local History Library – all about the history and heritage of West Lothian – and family history too.

  • Nutty Bouncer Almond Valley Heritage Centre
    Livingston

    A wonderful day of adventure and play featuring friendly farmyard animals.

  • Low Port Centre Low Port Centre
    Linlithgow

    Providers of outdoor education and residential experience to schools, organised groups and individuals

  • FREE View of Annet House from Street Annet House Museum
    Linlithgow

    Visit Annet House Museum on the town’s High Street to discover Linlithgow’s fascinating history. Open from 1st April until end October.

  • © Cook Tully Edinburgh Monarchs Edinburgh Monarchs Armadale Speedway
    Armadale

    Motorcycle Speedway Racing on a premier track for all the family! Race Friday Nights from March to October

  • Walk Across Scotland Walk Across Scotland
    Broxburn & Uphall

    Specialising in self-guided walking holidays across Scotland’s most beautiful & awe inspiring landscapes.

  • New Hopetoun Gardens New Hopetoun Gardens
    South Queensferry

    New Hopetoun Gardens are full of inspirational ideas for your own garden. Explore our small gardens each month, from the Winter Walk in the Woodland, through the timeless Oriental Garden.

  • Ancestral Tourism Discover your Ancestors in West Lothian

    West Lothian is a place full of history and heritage. Begin your ancestral journey here.

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    • View of Annet House from Street
      Annet House Museum
      Linlithgow

      Visit Annet House Museum on the town’s High Street to discover Linlithgow’s fascinating history. Open from 1st April until end October.

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    • Blackness Castle
      Blackness Castle
      Linlithgow

      Step into a largely intact medieval castle whose defences once guarded the Firth of Forth. An impressive venue used as infamous Fort William in Outlander.

      VisitScotland Rating & Green Accreditation

    • Cairnpapple
      Cairnpapple Hill
      Torphichen

      Stand on a once sacred hilltop where people first held rituals and raised monuments 6000 years ago. Open in Summer only.

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    • Back of House View
      Hopetoun House
      South Queensferry

      Built over 300 years ago, Hopetoun continues to be the home of the Hope family. Hopetoun was also used as a filming location in the internationally acclaimed Outlander TV program.

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    • House of the Binns
      House of the Binns
      Linlithgow

      Home of the Dalyell family since 1612, this house reveals their lives and interests through the centuries. The Estate is open all year but the House is open from 1st June- 30th September

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    • Exterior
      Kirk of Calder
      Mid Calder

      The Kirk of Calder is the Grade ‘A’ listed Church of Scotland Parish Church serving Mid Calder. Open Sundays May to September, other times by arrangement

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    • Linlithgow Palace and Peel
      Linlithgow Palace
      Linlithgow

      This royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. You can see the elaborate, restored fountain in action every Sunday in July and August.

      VisitScotland Rating & Green Accreditation

    • Linlithgow Loch with Palace in the distance
      Linlithgow Peel
      Linlithgow

      The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace sit above Linlithgow Loch, amid an expanse of parkland known as the peel.

      VisitScotland Rating Green Accreditation

    • People Walking

      An easy-to-follow walk round Linlithgow starting at The Cross.

    • Linlithgow Palace Kirk

      Mary’s Meanders is an independent tour guide company specialising in providing fully customised private tours from Linlithgow.

    • Torphichen Preceptory

      The tower and transepts of a church built by the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in the 13th century, much altered. Open 1st April- 30th September, weekends only

    • Bathgate Academy

      West Lothian Local History Library – all about the history and heritage of West Lothian – and family history too.

    • Scottish Korean War Memorial Shrine

      The memorial was created by the Lothians and West of Scotland branch of the now defunct British Korean Veterans Association as a tribute to the memory of their fallen comrades.

    • Linlithow Palace and Loch

      This trail takes in 20 attractions all over Scotland connected to Mary, Queen of Scots, the most famous and intriguing member of the Scottish monarchs.

    • Addiewell

      With this fantastic site, you can find out all you want to know about the booming shale industry within the small mining town of Addiewell.

    • Linlithgow Bridge Trail

      Take a trip back in time and walk the trail of the Battle of Linlithgow Bridge.

    • The Dewar family at 24 Main Street, Livingston Station circa 1930 with Mid Street in the background

      Almond Valley holds the Scottish Shale Oil Industry collection, recognised as a museum collection of national importance, comprising the surviving official records of the shale oil companies.

    • Bennie Museum
      Bennie Museum
      Bathgate

      The Bennie Museum opened in 1989 as a museum of Bathgate’s history and life. It has been commended by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions.

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    • Ancestry

      West Lothian Council Museums Service cares for and displays a wide range of local historical objects

    • House of the Binns- Parkland Walk

      The Binns parkland was created to impress guests visually. Visitors today can expect and enjoy the same beautiful parkland and stunning views on this gentle walk. Distance: 2 mls/ 3kms