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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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    • Nutty Bouncer

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

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    • bowling

      Welcome to tenpin bowling at Deer Park. Check out all the available offers, prices and packages that are available.

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      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!

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    • Canal Fun Day ©Martine Stead

      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

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      West Lothians biggest indoor childrens Softplay centre. Huge Frame, Toddler Frame, Baby Area, Party Pods.

    • Paradise Island Adventure Golf

      Set amidst tiki huts, palm trees & exotic plants, Paradise Island creates a fun atmosphere for everyone, but there’s only one thing to remember; its not the taking part that counts..it’s the winning!

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      Playbugs Soft Play
      Linlithgow

      At Play Bugs we have done our very best to ensure there are plenty of activities for all

    • 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.

    • The Hive

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

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      The Pitstop Softplay
      West Calder

      The Pitstop Softplay is a multi-level soft-play facility for children under the age of eight.

    • Scottish Owl Centre Slide

      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.

      VisitScotland Rating

    • Bathgate Cinema
      Bathgate Cinema
      Bathgate

      Whether it's a family favourite, a fast-paced action or a classic comedy - there's a film to suit everyone's taste at Bathgate's brand new cinema attraction.

    • 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!

    • 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!

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      Coming to Linlithgow December 2018..

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      Tots Spot Play Café
      East Calder

      Tots Spot Is a brand new play cafe opened in the former East Calder Library.

    • VR Langasm
      Langasm VR
      Livingston

      Here at Langasm we’ve brought Virtual Reality and eSports to Livingston.

    • Players training with kids

      The Livingston Football Club hosts regular games for all the Lions supporters, but it has so much more to offer; there are fantastic weekly coaching sessions for kids as well as sessions for adults.

    • Bo'ness Kinneil Morayshire Berries

      Climb aboard a wonderfully restored carriage, for an unforgetable experience!

    • Larder 1

      This bespoke cook school opened in October 2014 and now deliver a range of cookery activities for adults, children and corporate customers.

    • Gooey Events Limited

      Enjoy a chocolate filled day out with family and friends at Gooey Events Limited, Livingston.