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A traditional village, with a strong community and fun activities.



Earliest signs of settlement in Kirknewton date back to the Iron Age with forts being discovered on Kaimes and Dalmahoy Hill to the East.

In the 17th century, Kirknewton House was constructed. Reworking of the current house was undertaken in 1835 by architect William Playfair.

Kirknewton was transformed in the 1860s by the shale oil industry. Shale mined from the area was transported to a large shale works for processing at Pumpherston.

A military airfield was built at Whitemoss to the south during World War II which became known as RAF Kirknewton. Today it is home to RAF (V) Gliding Unit.

With its excellent transport links, Kirknewton is a very desirable place to live.


What to see and do

Kirknewton is served with local amenities including a small local shop, Post Office and garage and popular fish and chip shop and bar. 

Those with a creative flair should visit Potter Around which combines pottery making with craft workshops. Learn how to make jewellery, glassware, knitting, miniature painting, candles, cosmetics – you name, they do it. Catering to all ages classes are available throughout the year.

For those seeking an adventure, then look no further than Mad Max Adventures situated in the stunning parkland of Kirknewton Estate. This activity centre offers clay shooting, a 4x4 track, archery range and quad trail.

The beautiful countryside offers many walking opportunities for those who enjoy the outdoors.

If you fancy a spot of “glamping” Hilly Cow Wigwams allows you to sleep under the stars but enjoying an in-built bathroom and wooden beds! Alternative accommodation includes luxury bed and breakfast at Kirknewton House along with other b&bs within the area.

Kirknewton is a beautiful part of Central Scotland offering spectacular scenery and fun activities