About West Lothian
feeding ring tailed lemurs at the Five Sisters Zoo
Linlithgow High Street © Kenny Lam
Blackness Castle © Kenny Lam
Follow the Linlithgow Heritage Trail to find out more about the history of West Lothian history. Uncover many intriguing features and attractions, such as the stunning St Michael’s Parish Church and the Peel, one of only two royal parks in Scotland. The trail brings you past Linlithgow Palace where you can spend some time exploring the evocative ruins of the 12th century royal manor house and enjoy views over the tranquil loch below.
Other historical highlights include Scotland’s finest stately home, Hopetoun House, the incredible fortress of Blackness Castle, the turreted House of the Binns and Cairnpapple Hill - the site of a 4,000 year-old temple and burial site with breathtaking views that stretch as far as Arran.
Spend an active afternoon at one of West Lothian’s fantastic country parks such as Beecraigs near Linlithgow where you can choose from a wide range of outdoor pursuits such as biking along the park’s beautiful forest routes and fishing for rainbow trout on the sheltered 20 acre loch. Spend a family day out at Almond Valley Heritage Centre and enjoy fun activities from getting up close to farm animals to racing each other on pedal carts. Spot some wonderful wildlife at Five Sisters Zoo, which boasts a variety of unique animals such as West African dwarf crocodiles and pygmy marmosets, the world’s smallest monkeys.
After experiencing all of the wonderful outdoor activities that West Lothian has to offer, why not treat yourself to some relaxation at Livingston Designer Outlet? Great for some essential retail therapy, spend a few hours perusing the fantastic selection of shops in the centre.
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Edinburgh and the Lothians sits on the eastern side of Scotland's central belt, in the heart of the country.