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  • Ferret Mischief

    Ferret Mischief

    Livingston

    FERRET MISCHIEFFestival of Museums event Sunday 20th May During this day-long event, members of the Scottish Ferret Club will introduce visitors to …more

  • Born To Win

    Born To Win

    Livingston

    After the huge success of Dance is Life in 2017, Giovanni is once again set to get your hearts beating a little faster, showcasing a story of lo…more

  • Spectacular Jousting

    Spectacular Jousting

    Linlithgow

    Hear the thunder of hooves and the clashing of lances as Linlithgow hosts our annual jousting tournament. Watch as noble knights battle it out to be c…more

  • Den Building Adventures

    Den Building Adventures

    Livingston

    DEN-BUILDING ADVENTURES - daily from 30th June to 20th AugustJoin the tribe for daring daily adventures exploring some of the wildest and most remote…more

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West Loathian is a lieutenancy area and one of 32 unitary council areas in Scotland. It is bordered by South Lanarkshire, the Scottish Borders, North Lanarkshire, Falkirk and the City of Edinburgh. Situated only ten miles from Edinburgh City, West Loathian is blessed with some fabulous terrain, from the Moorfoot Hills in the south of the county to the Pentland Hills in the west and with thick woodlands covering the lands in between.

It also provides some intriguing historical sites such as the Scottish Mining Museum in Newtongrange, one of the greatest and best preserved examples of a Victorian colliery in Britain, or Vogerie Country in Gorebridge, an 19th century country estate featuring a delightful walled garden and a formal park (as well as hundreds of acres of farmland and woodland).

Perhaps the most famous destination these days is Rosslyn Chapel, a fine 15th century Gothic church famous for its intricate carvings and links with the Knights Templar (and now even more famous for its billing in Dan Browns blockbuster Da Vinci Code.) There are numerous other outstanding historical sites, from Borthwick Castle to Arniston Houst, Newbattle Abbey to Dalhousie Castle, Roslin Castle to Roslin Glen Country Park, Dalkeith Palace or Wallaces Cave.

Nevertheless, the majority of visitors to West Loathian will be heading there for Edinburgh, one of the finest cities in the UK and Europe. From its New Town and Old Town districts, recently listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites to the eclectic and bohemian nightlife to be found in the shadow of 15th century buildings; from Greyfriars Kirk to Canongate Kirk to Holyrood Abbey and Edinburgh Castle towering forebodingly over Edinburgh city, history is everywhere in Edinburgh.

For architecture fans, Edinburgh has everything from battlements to castles and for art lovers the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and The National Gallery of Scotland are among the finest art galleries in the world. No trip around the UK is complete without visiting this delightful corner of Scotland.

Days Out & Attractions

Attractions in West Lothian

Fun days out in West Lothian

Enjoy a fun filled and fantastic day out for all the family at a range of attractions in West Lothian, including theme parks, castles, zoos, museums and historic houses.

Zoos & Safari Parks in West Lothian

Zoos & Safari Parks

Get close-up and personal with a wild animal at a zoo or safari park in West Lothian.

Theme Parks in West Lothian

Theme Parks

Thrills and spills on rides and rollercoasters at a theme park in West Lothian.

Museums in West Lothian

Museums

Love British history?Come and take a stroll through the ages at a local museum.

Art galleries in West Lothian

Art Galleries

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, enjoy art at its very best.

Experiences

Experiences

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Towns in West Lothian


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Updated: 18/04/2018 16:47:18