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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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    • People Walking

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

    • Linlithgow Bridge Trail

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

    • Out in the Open Book Pile
      A Public Art Walk
      Livingston

      Enjoy this free self-guided walking tour of public artworks in the heart of Livingston all year round! Perfect for a short little break when you have a bit of time on your hands

    • Walk Across Scotland
      Walk Across Scotland
      Broxburn & Uphall

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

    • Calderwood
      Calderwood Walk
      Mid Calder

      Circular walk through mixed, ancient woodland. Distance: 3mls / 5kms

    • Blackness Castle

      A refreshing walk along the shores of the Forth which gives fantastic views of the Forth Bridges. Distance: 4 miles/6.5kms

    • Nasmyth Bridge River Almond
      Almondell Walk
      East Calder

      A lovely stroll through the woods of Almondell & Calderwood Country Park. Distance: 4mls / 6.5kms

    • Breich Water
      Breich Water Walk
      Livingston

      A nice, gentle walk which begins at one of our most popular family attractions. Distance: 4mls / 6.5kms

    • Family Walking in West Lothian

      Three different routes through woodland and farm to accommodate different time restraints. Distance: max. 3mls / 5 kms

    • View of West Lothian

      Three different routes to accommodate different time restraints, from the towncentre with views of the famous Five Sisters. Distance: max. 3 mls/ 5 kms

    • Water Walkway

      Three different routes through town, canal and farm to accommodate different time restraints. Distance: 3mls / 5 kms

    • People on Bench

      Three different routes through town and parks accommodate different time restraints. Distance: max. 3mls / 5 kms

    • 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

    • Witchcraig Wood

      A pleasant uphill walk with fantastic views which begins at the impressive Korean War Memorial. Distance: 2.5 mls / 4kms

    • Linlithgow Loch

      This walk takes in some of the best views in West Lothian including Linlithgow Palace. Distance: 8.5 mls / 13.5 kms

    • Winchburgh Canal

      This is a peaceful walk along the canal side where you will find plenty of wildlife. Distance: 6 mls / 10kms

    • Avon River
      Avon River
      Linlithgow

      A fascinating walk with historic points of interest along the way. See where William Wallace hid from the army of Edward I in the 13th century. Distance: 9.5 mls / 15kms

    • Pentland Hills © Ridge from Allemuir

      A living working landscape with 10,000 hectares of countryside, 100km of paths and spectacular scenery.

    • Harperrig Reservoir

      A challenging walk around the lower end of West Lothian which can take you right into the Pentlands. Distance: 9 mls/ 14.5km with a climb of 561m

    • 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.