West Lothian is a fantastic base from where to visit other parts of Scotland.
On your first day, enjoy a visit to Edinburgh. Trains to the capital run regularly from Linlithgow, Bathgate, Uphall and Livingston North train stations. You may need to take a taxi to Livingston North, but all of the other stations are within easy reach of their respective town centres. There is also a regular bus service from Linlithgow and Livingston town centre.
Edinburgh is an imporessive mix of heritage and vibrance. Discover stunning scenery, striking architecture and fine food. From the world’s festival capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site to world-class visitor attractions and exhilarating outdoor pursuits, Edinburgh is a must-visit on anyone’s list.
To reach Scotland’s largest city from West Lothian, take the train from Linlithgow or Livingston North or the bus from Livingston town centre, or simply jump into the car and onto the M8.
When you arrive, take a wander through the city to admire its varied architecture, then shop ’til you drop along Glasgow’s famous ‘Golden Z’ of shopping streets. Glasgow’s cultural hub, the Merchant City, is just a short stroll away, or hop on the underground to discover the recently refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery and its huge collection of works.
To reach the city – simply jump on the train at Linlithgow. Head straight to Stirling Castle to view its impressive battlements, Great Hall, Chapel Royal and Renaissance courtyards.
The nearby Wallace Monument pays tribute to local hero William Wallace. Take a pair of comfy trainers and climb the 246 steps to the top of the monument for a view that stretches from Ben Lomond to Edinburgh. Then visit the Hall of Heroes to learn about Wallace and other great Scots, including Robert the Bruce and Sir Walter Scott.
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
An area steeped in history with tales of legends and folklore. High, snow-capped mountains, shimmering lochs and deep, dark forests, interspersed with magical castles, historical houses and wonderful attractions.
Travelling by road, Loch Lomond is just over an hour’s drive from West Lothian via Glasgow and the M8. On the shores of Loch Lomond, let’s stop at the pretty village of Luss. With quaint cottages and pretty gardens, a pier overlooking the Loch and a sandy beach be sure to take your camera. Explore the Scottish souvenir shops and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at one of the local restaurants.
Onwards to the Trossachs. Visit the small town of Aberfoyle and enjoy the shops and cafes. Next, a short drive to the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre. Soak in the magnificent views and enjoy the woodland trails of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Enjoy a coffee and light bite in the centre’s café.
From Aberfoyle we are going to take a short drive (7 miles) to Loch Katrine, via the A821 (Duke’s Pass). A pretty Loch it is thought that the surrounding hills were shelter to folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor, an 18th century Scottish Robin Hood. A scenic and tranquil cruise around the Loch awaits you at Loch Katrine.
Let’s start heading for home but we’ll stop off enroute, to explore and stroll around the bustling tourist town of Callander. Only 10 miles from Loch Katrine we’ll travel via the A84 to Kilmahog, and the A821 through Brig o’ Turk. After taking in the sights or perhaps having had a stroll along the banks of the River Keltie we’ll continue homewards via Stirling and the M9/M8 back to West Lothian.