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blog 14.06.2024

A to Z of West Lothian. A is for...

West Lothian, nestled between Edinburgh and Glasgow, is a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you're a local or a visitor, this region offers a diverse range of attractions that cater to all interests. Today, we're embarking on an alphabetical journey, beginning with five key locations and attractions that start with the letter 'A'. These highlights are perfect for your next day out or weekend adventure.

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1. Almondell & Calderwood Country Park

Nestled in the heart of West Lothian, Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts and families alike. Spread over 220 acres, the park boasts a mix of woodland, riverside walks, and open spaces perfect for picnics. The Visitor Centre provides fascinating insights into the park's history and ecology, while the network of paths and trails caters to walkers, cyclists, and even horse riders. Don't miss the stunning Calderwood, with its ancient trees and tranquil atmosphere—it's a perfect spot to unwind and reconnect with nature.

Almondell & Calderwood Country Park

Open all year, free to visit. Situated between Broxburn & East Calder, probably the best kept secret in West Lothian!

2. Almond Valley Heritage Centre

For a fantastic family day out, look no further than the Almond Valley Heritage Centre in Livingston. This delightful attraction combines a working farm, museum, and discovery centre, offering a hands-on experience for visitors of all ages. Children can meet friendly farm animals, explore interactive exhibits, and enjoy rides on the narrow-gauge railway. The museum's collection focuses on the local shale oil industry, providing an educational yet entertaining insight into this unique aspect of West Lothian's industrial heritage. With play areas, picnic spots, and seasonal events, Almond Valley ensures a memorable visit for everyone.

Almond Valley

A wonderful day of adventure and play featuring friendly farmyard animals.

3. Armadale

Armadale, a bustling town in West Lothian, is a great destination for those seeking a mix of shopping, dining, and history. The town centre boasts a variety of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants, making it an ideal spot to spend a leisurely afternoon. History buffs will appreciate the town's rich mining heritage, with several local landmarks commemorating its industrial past.

Armadale Medal Route

Three different routes through town and parks accommodate different time restraints. Distance: max. 3mls / 5 kms

4. Avon Gorge

Avon Gorge is a stunning natural feature located near Linlithgow. This picturesque area is known for its dramatic cliffs and scenic river views, offering a serene escape into nature. The gorge is a popular spot for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts, with several trails that provide breathtaking vistas and opportunities to spot local flora and fauna. It's an ideal destination for those looking to experience the rugged beauty of West Lothian’s countryside and enjoy a peaceful day out in nature.

Avon River

A fascinating walk with historic points of interest along the way. See where William Wallace hid from the army of Edward I in the 13th century. Distance: 9.5 mls / 15kms

5. Addiewell Bing

Addiewell Bing is a striking landmark and nature reserve in West Lothian, created from the spoil heaps of former shale oil works. Over time, nature has reclaimed the area, transforming it into a haven for wildlife and a unique landscape for visitors to explore. The bing offers walking trails with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, making it a great spot for outdoor enthusiasts and photographers. It's also a place of historical significance, reflecting West Lothian's industrial heritage. A visit to Addiewell Bing provides a fascinating blend of natural beauty and historical intrigue, perfect for a day of adventure and exploration.

Addiewell Bing

To the north of West Calder in West Lothian, this oil-shale bing now supports valuable wildlife habitat including woodland, scrub and flower-rich grassland

Plan Your Visit

West Lothian is a region rich in attractions and activities, offering something for everyone. From the natural beauty of Almondell & Calderwood Country Park to the historical intrigue of Addiewell Bing, there's no shortage of places to explore and enjoy. Whether you're planning a family outing, a solo adventure, or a romantic day trip, West Lothian’s 'A' list attractions are sure to leave a lasting impression.

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