The largest town in West Lothian, Livingston is a modern, thriving centre with many attractions for visitors and residents making it the perfect place to visit for a day out in the central belt of Scotland.
Livingston offers a variety of local hotels and bed and breakfasts providing you with a restful night and the opportunity to explore another day.
Once a farming region, Livingston started to grow along with the discovery of shale oil in 1852 in the surrounding area. As the world’s first oil boom arrived on its doorstep, the original village of Livingston was home to many of the areas local miners.
A pretty village, Livingston Village as it is now known is well worth a visit to take a stroll down the old Main Street and view the original miners cottages, small shops and enjoy a glass of something cool or bite to eat in the Livingston Inn. Built in 1760 one famous resident, Robert Burns, drew his inspiration for his song “The Bonnie Lass of Livingston”.
Scotland’s New Towns Act was passed in 1946 to ease the overcrowding and Livingston was one of five new towns created.
With excellent road links and rail links offering four trains an hour between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Livingston has grown from strength to strength attracting new businesses, housing, schools and excellent retail and recreational facilities.
What to see and do in Livingston.
Visitors flock from far and wide to take advantage of the luxury brand labels available at discounted prices in the Livingston Designer Outlet Centre. The centre also boasts a large cinema complex, cafes, restaurants and bars along with indoor Adventure Golf – a huge hit with the kids. Across the road is another major shopping centre - The Centre - featuring UK High Street brands along with a great selection of eateries.
For those with young children, pay a visit to Almond Valley Heritage Centre and find out more about Livingston’s farming history. They can take a tractor ride, talk to the animals and in Spring can count the baby chickens or bottle feed a lamb. Mums can relax with a coffee whilst children play in the soft play area.
The new Eliburns Park, has a great selection of outdoor activities for children with hidden tunnels, climbing frames, a flying fox and adventurous swings. Adjoined by several football pitches Sunday morning sees local and visiting teams compete for the goalposts. Not forgetting, our home team at Livingston Football Club. Surrounded by fields and woods, this is a great area to enjoy a country walk. Take a moment to watch the fisherman casting off for carp, trench, orfe, rudd, roach and perch at Eliburn Reservoir.
Older children can display their skills at Livingston Skatepark – one of the UK’s top skateboarding locations – or pay a visit to indoor motor racing at Racing Karts. “Big Kids” can enjoy an adventure filled afternoon at Delta Force Paintball.
Other sporting venues include Xcite Livingston with a gym, soft play and fun swimming pool featuring slides, fountains and rapids. Young children can enjoy Beach Party evenings on the last Friday of the month.
The refurbished Howden Park Centre, is a super venue for the local Arts and Crafts and Performing Arts enthusiasts. Check out their timetable of events, performances and activities. Visitors can also enjoy a coffee or light bite in their inviting restaurant.
Livingston is fortunate to be surrounded by a wealth of excellent golf courses and visitors to Livingston can enjoy a round of golf at the beautiful Deer Park Golf and Country Club. Complete with health club, guests can also enjoy a drink or meal in their restaurant and also enjoy a fun game of 10 pin bowling.