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blog 13.02.2019

Private Driver Scotland's West Lothian Itinerary

Looking to Visit West Lothian as part of a tour? Private Driver Scotland's 5 night trip is a perfect way to take in all the sights!

About Private Driver Scotland

Private Driver Scotland pride themselves on our elite chauffeur services. Your party will be assigned a dedicated chauffeur (or chauffeurs) for your stay in West Lothian. Your private driver will be on hand throughout the day and make sure you travel in comfort to all your destinations. Our chauffeur drivers have great experience of West Lothian and can help answer any cultural or historical questions you may have.

The Accomodation

The Champany Inn is rustic, authentic and very homely. Rooms are decorated with tartan garments and royal colour tones. Inspired by the classic French conception that hospitality should be built around “restaurants with rooms”, The Champany Inn is one of the finest restaurants in West Lothian.

The focus of the Champany Inn is to utilise fresh Scottish produce to the upmost. The restaurants speciality is their prime scotch beef which is hung for a minimum of 21 days. The inn has their own wine cellar and label, and each meal is expertly paired up with a complimentary wine list. The Champany Inn is the perfect venue for your tour of West Lothian.

The Champany Inn

Where’s the beef? The answer is Champany Inn. While dedicated to beef, there's still a wide choice of alternative and supporting dishes, accompanied by a selection of world-class wines.

The Tour: Day 1

Your private driver will transfer you from the airport to the The Champany Inn, your accommodation for the stay. After a long day travelling you can recuperate in the cosy and luxurious surroundings of The Champany Inn.

Famous for incredible scotch beef and a vintage wine cellar The Champany Inn will provide a tantalising dinner which utilises fresh local produce.

The restaurant has a wide whisky selection and we recommend you enjoy a few drams. However maybe not to many as you have an full itinerary in the morning.

The Tour: Day 2

Morning:

After breakfast your Private Driver will escort you to Hopetoun House. Hopetoun house is a 5 star Scottish tourist attraction and is regarded as one of the most beautiful estates in Scotland.

Set in 6500 acres of land, Hopetoun House has featured in four seasons of the hit series Outlander. We suggest taking a leisurely stroll and visiting the recently restored Hopetoun workshop which is classified as A listed building.

Lunch:

After exploring Hopetoun House, your chauffeur driver will take you to the Star & Garter for some well-deserved lunch. The Star & Garter was built the same year as Scottish legend Robbie Burns was born but did not become a public house until the 1840’s. This homily Georgian mansion serves hearty food and a selection of fine Scottish ales.

The Star and Garter Hotel

Why not enjoy a weekend break or overnight stay in the quaint Star & Garter hotel!

Afternoon:

After lunch your private driver will escort you to Blackness Castle. Blackness castle was built in the 15th century by the Crichtons and is regarded as a stalwart among Scottish castles. The appearance of Blackness Castle resembles a ship and thus the castle gained the nickname the “the ship that never sailed”. The castle holds tremendous views over the Fife and the Firth of Forth. The castle has played an important role in many TV series and films including Mary Queen of Scots, Outlaw King and Outlander film.

Blackness Castle

Step into a largely intact medieval castle whose defences once guarded the Firth of Forth. An impressive venue used as infamous Fort William in Outlander.

Hopetoun House

Built over 300 years ago, Hopetoun continues to be the home of the Hope family. Hopetoun was also used as a filming location in the internationally acclaimed Outlander TV program.

The Tour: Day 3

Morning

After breakfast your driver will escort you to Linlithgow Palace. Linlithgow Palace is one of Scotland’s finest archaic buildings. With beautiful views over Linlithgow lake and surrounded by a well-manicured country park, the palace is often described to be situated in a “fairy tale setting”. The Stewart Kings and Queens used to regularly reside in the palace due to its grandiose nature. Just like Blackness castle, Linlithgow Palace was used for filming in the famous Outlander series.

Lunch

Your chauffeur driver will take you to The Park Bistro. The Park Bistro is situated just outside Linlithgow and is set beside the picturesque Union canal. Many of the ingredients are sourced from local farms based in West Lothian. The menu has a vast choice of Scottish favourites from Beer Battered Haddock to Steak Pie. There are not many better places in West Lothian to enjoy a spot of lunch and enjoy the glistening union canal.   

The Park Bistro

Family run canal-side bistro. Serving homecooked food made from local produce.

Afternoon

After lunch your driver will drop you off at the Linlithgow canal centre. You will embark upon a 2 ½ hour cruise from Linlithgow to Avon Aqueduct. Enjoy the crisp waters, leafy scenery before you reach the Avon Aqueduct, the second biggest aqueduct in Britain. Onboard you can enjoy a warm cup of tea with a selection of biscuits.

Linlithgow Canal Centre

Canal Cruises to Avon Aqueduct, Linlithgow Boat Trips, Tearoom, Canal Museum, Charters and Self-Drive Canal Boat Hire. Open from Easter until the end of September

After your canal adventure your Private Driver will escort you back to the hotel for the evening.

Linlithgow Palace

This royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

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