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blog 26.06.2024

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

Welcome to the next exciting installment of our A to Z of West Lothian! Today, we’re celebrating all things beginning with the letter 'C'. From charming cafes to captivating castles, this region is brimming with delightful discoveries. So, let’s dive right in and explore six fabulous 'C' highlights of West Lothian.

1. Cockleroy Hill

First up, we have the breathtaking Cockleroy Hill. This prominent hill offers stunning panoramic views over West Lothian and beyond. It's a perfect spot for a family walk, with its manageable climb and rewarding vistas. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Pentland Hills and the Forth Bridges. Pack a picnic, grab your camera, and enjoy the great outdoors with a healthy dose of fresh air.

Cockleroy Hill

Cockleroy Hill is formed from a quartz-dolerite sill which was intruded into existing layers of basalt. The pre-historic fort on the summit is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

2. Centre

Shopping enthusiasts, rejoice! The Centre in Livingston is one of Scotland’s premier shopping destinations. With over 150 shops, ranging from high street favourites to unique boutiques, you’ll find everything you need for a retail therapy session. And if you need a break, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to recharge your batteries. Don’t miss the adjacent Livingston Designer Outlet for some fabulous bargains.

The Centre

The Centre is Scotland’s leading retail destination with over 155 shops and restaurants.

3. Cairnpapple Hill

For those with a penchant for history and mystery, Cairnpapple Hill is a fascinating destination. This ancient site, dating back to around 3000 BC, was used for ceremonial and burial purposes for over 4,000 years. Standing at the summit, you’ll not only feel the weight of history but also enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. It’s a perfect spot for history buffs and nature lovers alike.

Cairnpapple Hill

Stand on a once sacred hilltop where people first held rituals and raised monuments 6000 years ago.

4. Champany Inn

For a truly exceptional dining experience, look no further than the Champany Inn in Linlithgow. Renowned for its superb steaks and elegant ambience, this restaurant offers a taste of luxury in the heart of West Lothian. The inn prides itself on using the finest local ingredients, expertly prepared to delight even the most discerning palate. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to indulge, the Champany Inn promises an unforgettable meal in a charming and sophisticated setting. Don't forget to explore their extensive wine list, featuring carefully selected vintages to complement your meal perfectly.

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.

5. Cycling

West Lothian is a cyclist’s paradise, offering a variety of routes that cater to all levels of experience. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a casual rider, the region boasts scenic paths that take you through lush countryside, charming villages, and historic landmarks. Popular routes include the Linlithgow to Beecraigs Country Park trail, which offers a mix of challenging climbs and rewarding descents. For a more leisurely ride, the Almondell and Calderwood Country Park provides picturesque paths along the River Almond. Cycling is a fantastic way to explore the natural beauty of West Lothian, get some exercise, and enjoy the great outdoors. Don't forget to stop at one of the many local cafes for a well-deserved break and a delicious treat!

Local Places Cycling Maps

General cycling maps of local towns

6. Chillies West Calder

If you’re in the mood for some delicious Indian cuisine, Chillies West Calder is the place to be. This popular restaurant is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and mouth-watering dishes, offering a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary Indian flavours. From classic curries and tandoori specialities to innovative chef's specials, there’s something to tantalise every taste bud. Their friendly staff and excellent service make dining at Chillies a delightful experience. Whether you’re dining in or ordering a takeaway, Chillies West Calder is a culinary gem in West Lothian that promises a flavourful feast.


Chillies is a local, family friendly Indian restaurant in West Calder.

Conclusion: A Cornucopia of 'C's

West Lothian is clearly not short of charming and captivating spots starting with the letter 'C'. Whether you’re in the mood for a hike, a history lesson, a hearty meal, or a sweet treat, this vibrant region has something to offer. So, the next time you find yourself in West Lothian, why not tick off a few of these 'C' highlights? You’re sure to have a cracking time!

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