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blog 21.06.2024

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

West Lothian, a vibrant region nestled between Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, and the bustling city of Glasgow, is a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural beauty. Our journey through the A to Z of West Lothian continues with the letter 'B'. Here are five key locations and attractions beginning with 'B' that you simply must visit.

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Bathgate, a bustling town in the heart of West Lothian, is a vibrant blend of historical charm and modern amenities. Rich in history, Bathgate offers visitors a glimpse into its past with landmarks such as the old Bathgate Academy and Balbardie House, as well as the popular Bathgate History Trail. The town is also home to a variety of shops, cafes, and restaurants, making it a great place for a leisurely day out. Bathgate's thriving community spirit is evident in its numerous local events and festivals, including the annual Bathgate Procession and John Newland Festival, which celebrate the town's heritage and bring residents together. With its combination of cultural attractions, historical sites, and lively town centre, Bathgate is a must-visit destination in West Lothian.

Bathgate History Trail

This trail takes in 20 attractions all over Scotland connected to Mary Queen of Scots, the most famous and intriguing member of the Scottish monarchs.

Bennie Museum

Staying in Bathgate, the Bennie Museum is a charming local history museum that showcases the rich heritage of the area. Named after a local historian, the museum is housed in a beautifully restored 18th-century building. It features exhibits on local industries, notable figures, and everyday life in Bathgate through the ages. The museum is a community treasure, offering insights into the town's past and serving as an educational resource for visitors of all ages. Entry is free, making it an accessible and informative stop on your West Lothian adventure

Bennie Museum

The Bennie Museum opened in 1989 as a museum of Bathgate’s history and life. It has been commended by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions.


Broxburn is a lively town with a rich industrial history and a variety of attractions. Known for its shale oil heritage, the town features several historical sites and walking trails that highlight its industrial past. Visitors can explore the Union Canal, which runs through Broxburn, offering opportunities for boating (check out Bridge 19-40 Canal Society!), cycling, and leisurely walks along its towpaths. The town also has a selection of local shops, cafes, and restaurants, making it a great place to experience the local culture and hospitality of West Lothian.

The wealth of history between Uphall and Broxburn is celebrated by a series of exciting artworks dotted around the two towns.

Binns Tower

Binns Tower, located on the grounds of the House of the Binns estate, is a historic lookout tower offering spectacular views over West Lothian and the Firth of Forth. Built in the early 19th century, the tower provides visitors with a panoramic perspective of the surrounding landscape. The House of the Binns itself is a significant historical house managed by the National Trust for Scotland, featuring beautiful gardens and intriguing interiors that tell the story of the Dalyell family. Climbing Binns Tower and exploring the estate is a perfect way to enjoy West Lothian's scenic beauty and history.

House of the Binns

Home of the Dalyell family since 1612, this house reveals their lives and interests through the centuries. The Estate is open all year but the House is open from 1st June- 30th September

Blawhorn Moss

Blawhorn Moss is a unique and stunning nature reserve located near Blackridge in West Lothian. This rare and beautiful bog habitat is managed by NatureScot and offers a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife, including several species of birds, insects, and plants that thrive in its wet, acidic environment. Visitors can explore the moss via a network of boardwalks and paths that allow for an up-close experience of this fascinating ecosystem without disturbing its delicate balance. Blawhorn Moss is a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts and those looking to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of one of Scotland's most unique natural landscapes.

Blawhorn Moss National Nature Reserve

An oasis of open windswept moors hidden in the lowlands, Blawhorn is a site full of secrets- discover 8000 years of history!

Plan Your Visit

West Lothian is brimming with diverse attractions that cater to all interests, and the locations starting with 'B' are no exception. 

So, whether you're a history buff, nature lover, or just looking for a new adventure, pack your bags and set out to explore the brilliant attractions of West Lothian. Your next unforgettable experience awaits!

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