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Things to See & Do

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

  • FREE Polkemmet Country Park Polkemmet Country Park
    Whitburn

    Popular 68 hectare (168 acre) visitor attraction near Whitburn: golf course, driving range, bowling green, woodland & riverside walks, play area, picnic areas & BBQ facility.

  • 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.

  • lion Five Sisters Zoo
    West Calder

    Five Sisters Zoo is a fabulous attraction which offers fun for all the family. Take a visit to see the newest bear arrivals - Henk & Eso!

  • 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-Oct & Jan/Nov weekends. Dec: Booking only.

  • Nutty Bouncer Almond Valley Heritage Centre
    Livingston

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

  • JumpStation JumpStation
    Livingston

    Enjoy some jumping, flipping, bouncing and even flying through the air at Jump Station. No matter how old you are, it's great fun for everyone!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Torphichen Preceptory Torphichen Preceptory
    Torphichen

    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

  • FREE Nasmyth Bridge Almondell & Calderwood Country Park
    Broxburn & Uphall

    Open all year, free to visit. Situated between Broxburn & East Calder, probably the best kept secret in West Lothian!

  • FREE Sunset- Southern Boundary Beecraigs Country Park
    Linlithgow

    Wide range of activities within 370 hectares (913 acres), near historic Linlithgow. Open throughout the year, free entry.

  • Howden Park Centre Howden Park Centre
    Livingston

    West Lothian's most exciting venue for arts performances, music, theatre, comedy, dance, exhibitions, classes and food

  • A Forest 2010: Jim Lambie. Photo: Keith Hunter, Courtesy of Jupiter Artland Jupiter Artland
    Kirknewton

    Jupiter Artland is a contemporary sculpture garden in the grounds of Bonnington House, just outside Edinburgh. Open May to September.

  • FREE Front Linlithgow Burgh Halls
    Linlithgow

    A stunning building with a dedicated art gallery, offering a café with garden, visitor information, events, classes, elegant spaces for hire and much more.

  • FREE Polkemmet Country Park Polkemmet Country Park
    Whitburn

    Popular 68 hectare (168 acre) visitor attraction near Whitburn: golf course, driving range, bowling green, woodland & riverside walks, play area, picnic areas & BBQ facility.

  • 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.

  • lion Five Sisters Zoo
    West Calder

    Five Sisters Zoo is a fabulous attraction which offers fun for all the family. Take a visit to see the newest bear arrivals - Henk & Eso!

  • 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-Oct & Jan/Nov weekends. Dec: Booking only.

  • Nutty Bouncer Almond Valley Heritage Centre
    Livingston

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

  • JumpStation JumpStation
    Livingston

    Enjoy some jumping, flipping, bouncing and even flying through the air at Jump Station. No matter how old you are, it's great fun for everyone!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Torphichen Preceptory Torphichen Preceptory
    Torphichen

    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

  • FREE Nasmyth Bridge Almondell & Calderwood Country Park
    Broxburn & Uphall

    Open all year, free to visit. Situated between Broxburn & East Calder, probably the best kept secret in West Lothian!

  • FREE Sunset- Southern Boundary Beecraigs Country Park
    Linlithgow

    Wide range of activities within 370 hectares (913 acres), near historic Linlithgow. Open throughout the year, free entry.

  • Howden Park Centre Howden Park Centre
    Livingston

    West Lothian's most exciting venue for arts performances, music, theatre, comedy, dance, exhibitions, classes and food

  • A Forest 2010: Jim Lambie. Photo: Keith Hunter, Courtesy of Jupiter Artland Jupiter Artland
    Kirknewton

    Jupiter Artland is a contemporary sculpture garden in the grounds of Bonnington House, just outside Edinburgh. Open May to September.

  • FREE Front Linlithgow Burgh Halls
    Linlithgow

    A stunning building with a dedicated art gallery, offering a café with garden, visitor information, events, classes, elegant spaces for hire and much more.

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    • Smartlocal
      Smartlocal Vouchers
      West Lothian

      Grab a great deal in and throughout West Lothian.

    • leapinglemurs

      An Animal Adventure Themed Soft Play at Five Sisters Zoo!

    • 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

    • Bathgate Alps
      Bathgate Hills
      Bathgate

      West Lothian has changed enormously over the last 330 million years. Evidence of these changes is all around you... if you just know what to look for.

    • ©LorneGill/SNH

      An oasis of open windswept moors hidden in the lowlands, Blawhorn is a site full of secrets- discover 8000 years of history!

    • Linhouse Glen ©Scottish Wildlife Trust
      Linhouse Glen
      Livingston

      Situated to the south of Livingston and to the north of the Linhouse Water, Linhouse Glen is a mixture of habitats including heathland, native woodland and species-rich grassland

    • Hermand Birchwood ©Scottish Wildlife Trust
      Hermand Birchwood
      West Calder

      Hermand Birchwood, situated 0.6 miles south-east of West Calder, is an important area of woodland growing on a relict raised bog with a ground flora dominated by blaeberry

    • Addiewell Bing ©Scottish Wildlife Trust
      Addiewell Bing
      West Calder

      To the north of West Calder in West Lothian, this oil-shale bing now supports valuable wildlife habitat including woodland, scrub and flower-rich grassland

    • Longridge Moss ©Scottish Wildlife Trust
      Longridge Moss
      Whitburn

      Situated two miles south of Whitburn, Longridge Moss is an important lowland raised bog with a range of plants that are adapted to the wet, acidic conditions.

    • Tailend Moss Reserve ©Scottish Wildlife Trust
      Tailend Moss
      Bathgate

      Situated a mile south-east of Bathgate and close to Junction 3a on the M8, Tailend Moss is a lowland raised bog composed of deep peat.

    • Petershill ©Scottish Wildlife Trust
      Petershill
      Bathgate

      Situated on the north-east edge of Bathgate, Petershill was a limestone quarry in the 18th Century, converted to reservoirs in the 19th Century and drained in 1986.

    • Bogburn Flood Lagoons ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

      Located in Bathgate, Bogburn Flood Lagoons consists of three open freshwater pools surrounded by marshy grassland and swamp, a habitat favoured by wildfowl

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      River Forth Fisheries Trust

    • Blue Blackness
      John Muir Way
      Linlithgow

      The new John Muir Way stretches all the way from Helensburgh in the West to Dunbar on the East Coast.