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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.

    • View of Annet House from Street
      Annet House Museum
      Linlithgow

      Annet House Museum & Garden is now closed to the public. The new Linlithgow Museum will open in Spring 2019.

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    • 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.

      VisitScotland Rating & Green Accreditation

    • 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.

      VisitScotland Rating & Green Accreditation

    • Back of House View
      Hopetoun House
      South Queensferry

      Built over 300 years ago, Hopetoun continues to be the home of the Hope family. Hopetoun was also used as a filming location in the internationally acclaimed Outlander TV program.

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    • House of the Binns
      House of the Binns
      Linlithgow

      Home of the Dalyell family since 1612, this house reveals their lives and interests through the centuries. The Estate is open all year but the House is open from 1st June- 30th September

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    • Exterior
      Kirk of Calder
      Mid Calder

      The Kirk of Calder is the Grade ‘A’ listed Church of Scotland Parish Church serving Mid Calder. Open Sundays May to September, other times by arrangement

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    • 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.

      VisitScotland Rating & Green Accreditation

    • 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

    • People Walking

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

    • Linlithgow Palace Kirk

      Mary’s Meanders is an independent tour guide company specialising in providing fully customised private tours from Linlithgow.

    • Torphichen Preceptory

      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

    • Bathgate Academy

      West Lothian Local History Library – all about the history and heritage of West Lothian – and family history too.

    • Scottish Korean War Memorial Shrine

      The memorial was created by the Lothians and West of Scotland branch of the now defunct British Korean Veterans Association as a tribute to the memory of their fallen comrades.

    • Linlithow Palace and Loch

      This trail takes in 20 attractions all over Scotland connected to Mary, Queen of Scots, the most famous and intriguing member of the Scottish monarchs.

    • Addiewell

      With this fantastic site, you can find out all you want to know about the booming shale industry within the small mining town of Addiewell.

    • Linlithgow Bridge Trail

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

    • Military Musuem

      Offering a fascinating insight into Scotland's military past. Open to the public six days a week from 10.00 - 16.00 Tuesday - Sunday

    • Scotstory

      Working throughout Scotland as a guest speaker, storyteller and guide. Bringing stories to life.

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      The object of the Society is the study of Scottish history and to foster an appreciation of historical buildings and sites, especially those in West Lothian.

    • The Dewar family at 24 Main Street, Livingston Station circa 1930 with Mid Street in the background

      Almond Valley holds the Scottish Shale Oil Industry collection, recognised as a museum collection of national importance, comprising the surviving official records of the shale oil companies.

    • Bennie Museum
      Bennie Museum
      Bathgate

      The Bennie Museum opened in 1989 as a museum of Bathgate’s history and life. It has been commended by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions.

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    • Ancestry

      West Lothian Council Museums Service cares for and displays a wide range of local historical objects

    • 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