Getting Here & Away
Two of Scotland’s main motorways cross West Lothian, making access to the area very straightforward even for new visitors.
Travelling West from West Lothian and joining the M8, subject to the time of day, visitors can reach Glasgow City Centre in approximately 40 minutes. During rush hour periods, travellers should allow an hour.
Travelling East to Edinburgh, again via the M8, journey times can take anything between 25-50 minutes depending on the time of day.
For travel to Stirling and northwards, travellers should join the M8, head East towards Edinburgh and then take the junction for the M9. You should allow an hour for travelling subject to the time of day.
If you prefer to travel by train, take advantage of West Lothian’s excellent rail links. West Lothian conveniently has four main railway stations which will quickly whisk visitors across Scotland.
Uphall, Livingston North and Bathgate are on the same line connecting visitors from Edinburgh main line stations in the East to Glasgow Queen Street in the West. There are four trains an hour and link you directly to Edinburgh Park where you can acccess the tram to take you directly to Edinburgh Airport. Visitors can also travel onwards directly from Uphall, Livingston North and Bathgate to Helensburgh Central and Milngavie.
Murieston South offers a direct rail link to Edinburgh main line stations and Glasgow Central, via Shotts with trains every 30 minutes.
Linlithgow offers a direct route between Edinburgh main line stations and Glasgow Queen Street, via Falkirk High every 30 minutes. It takes just 20 minutes to reach Linlithgow from the centre of Edinburgh, and services operate from early morning to late at night.
The mainline stations in Glasgow and Edinburgh will quickly connect travellers to other parts of Scotland and the UK.
Visit Scotrail or Travelinescotland to work out your route from any location in Scotland. In just a few minutes, the journey planner will find the quickest and easiest way for you to reach your destination. Details of any rail disruptions or rail works are also shown.
There are regular West Lothian bus services from Edinburgh to Linlithgow, Livingston, Bathgate and within West Lothian.
A variety of operators provide services to West Lothian, which makes it easy to get about.
To plan your journey by bus visit http://www.plusbus.info/ or http://www.travelinescotland.com/
By Bike and By Foot
West Lothian offers excellent cycling and walking routes. You can visit us on foot or by bike via the John Muir Way http://johnmuirway.org/, stop over in the historic burgh of Linlithgow and take in the breathtaking Avon Aqueduct on your route.
Cycle to West Lothian along the National Cycle Network Route 75 which runs east-west across Central Scotland, or cycle along National Cycle Network Route 754 which follows the Forth & Clyde, and Union Canals. Plan your route at http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map.
To plan your local walking journey within West Lothian towns, visit www.walkit.com .
Cycle journeys can be planned at http://westlothian.cyclestreets.net/
West Lothian is easily accessible from Scotland’s two major airports, Glasgow International and Edinburgh Airport.
With a tram service now available from Edinburgh Airport which will transport you from Edinburgh Airport to the appropriate train links into West Lothian. The railway lines being the Airdrie - Bathgate line and the Glasgow - Edinburgh line if you are looking to go to Linlithgow.
Travelling along the M8 Edinburgh Airport is a 20 minute drive to West Lothian and coming from Glasgow via the M8, visitors should allow just over an hour.
Visitors can check out flight and car parking information on the Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport websites.