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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

  • 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.

    • Allandale Tarn Fisheries

      Allandale Tarns spring fed lakes have excellent water quality and offer separate fly fishing and bait fishing. The lakes are stocked each day with quality rainbow, blue and brown trout

    • Bangour Fishery Peel
      Bangour Trout Fishery
      Broxburn & Uphall

      Award winning, 7.5.acre still water bank fishery, nestled in the heart of the Bathgate hill, stocked weekly with top quality rainbow, blues, tigers, browns and goldens.

    • fisherman

      Sheltered, 20 acre, chalk spring loch. Open throughout the year, regularly stocked with quality Rainbow Trout. Fly fishing from boat, optional "Catch & Keep"/"Catch & Release".

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    • Bowden Springs Trout Fishery

      Bowden has 2 reservoirs which are separated by an earth dam. Both basins are spring fed, draining from the beautiful hills around Torphichen

    • Harperrig Fisheries
      Harperrig Fisheries
      Kirknewton

      We are a Brown trout only fishery, (Fly Fishing only). Open March 15th to October 15th.

    • Morton Trout Fishery

      With a central location and the option of both boat and bank fishing, Morton Trout Fishery can cater for angling clubs and corporate events

    • Pottishaw Trout Fishery

      Pottishaw Fishery is a family run business providing high-quality fly fishing for Stocked Brown and Rainbow Trout based on a policy of 100% catch and release

    • Selmmuir Fishery
      Selmmuir Fishery
      Livingston

      The fishery is located in the peaceful surroundings of Selmmuir Forest. Located just south of Livingston, the fishery is easily reached from anywhere on the central belt.