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blog 05.06.2024

Staycations in West Lothian: Planning Your Perfect Summer Getaway

As summer approaches, the idea of a staycation becomes increasingly appealing. West Lothian, nestled in the heart of Scotland, offers a myriad of options for those looking to explore locally. From historic sites to scenic landscapes and bustling local businesses, this region provides everything you need for a memorable summer getaway. Here’s a guide to planning your perfect staycation in West Lothian, with a spotlight on five outstanding local attractions not to be missed.

1. Historical Insights at Linlithgow Palace

Start your staycation with a visit to the magnificent Linlithgow Palace. This historic site, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, offers a fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s regal past. Wander through the ruins, enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Linlithgow Loch, and immerse yourself in history. The palace often hosts events and exhibitions, adding an extra layer of interest to your visit.

Linlithgow Palace

Please note the King’s Bed Chamber and the Court Kitchen are currently closed. This royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

2. Explore the Great Outdoors with Beecraigs Country Park

For nature enthusiasts, Beecraigs Country Park is a must-visit. Located near Linlithgow, this expansive park boasts beautiful woodlands, a picturesque loch, and plenty of walking and cycling trails. You can also find an adventure play area, making it a perfect spot for families. Pack a picnic and spend a day exploring the natural beauty of West Lothian.

Beecraigs Country Park

Wide range of activities within 370 hectares (913 acres), near historic Linlithgow. Open throughout the year, free entry.

3. Retail Therapy at Livingston Designer Outlet and The Centre, Livingston

If shopping is on your agenda, the Livingston Designer Outlet is the place to be. This popular shopping centre offers a range of high-end and high-street brands at discounted prices. With over 70 stores, as well as various dining options and a cinema, it’s easy to spend an entire day here. The outlet is conveniently located and provides ample parking, making it a hassle-free shopping destination.

 

Right next door, The Centre, Livingston, offers an extensive selection of shops, eateries, and entertainment options. From fashion and electronics to health and beauty, you’ll find everything you need under one roof. The Centre also hosts events throughout the year, ensuring there’s always something new to see and do.

The Centre

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

4. Family Fun at Five Sisters Zoo

Animal lovers will delight in a trip to Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder. This family-run zoo is home to over 180 different species, including rescued animals. The zoo’s commitment to animal welfare and conservation is evident, and visitors can enjoy close encounters with a variety of animals. Educational talks and feeding sessions make the experience both fun and informative.

Five Sisters Zoo

Five Sisters Zoo is a fabulous attraction which offers fun for all the family. Take a visit to the wild side in the heart of West Lothian.

5. Relax and Unwind at the Champany Inn

After a day of exploration, retreat to the cosy comforts of the Champany Inn. Located just outside Linlithgow, this charming inn offers luxurious accommodation and a renowned steakhouse. Known for its warm hospitality and delectable cuisine, the Champany Inn provides an ideal setting to relax and savour a delicious meal featuring locally sourced produce. Whether you’re enjoying a hearty breakfast or a sumptuous dinner, the inn’s rustic yet elegant atmosphere ensures a memorable dining experience.

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.

Planning Your Staycation

When planning your staycation in West Lothian, consider the following tips to ensure a seamless experience:

Accommodation

West Lothian offers a variety of accommodation options, from charming bed and breakfasts to luxurious hotels. For a unique experience, consider staying at the Court Residence in Linlithgow, which offers stylish, self-catering suites in a historic setting.

Crosswoodhill Holiday Cottages

4 award-winning havens of 3, 4 & 5 star quality. 3 sleep up to 6 people each. One luxury lodge sleeps 12+. Heaven in the Pentland Hills!

Dining

The region boasts a vibrant food scene, with plenty of local eateries to choose from. For a taste of Scotland, let our recent blog on local recommendations for the best West Lothian restaurants be your guide.

Jai's Thai

"Jai's Thai" is a takeaway selling authentic Thai cuisine in Armadale, West lothian, Scotland

Activities

From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, West Lothian has something for everyone. Whether you’re hiking in the Pentland Hills, exploring museums, or enjoying a day out at Almond Valley Heritage Centre, you’ll never be short of things to do.

Almond Valley

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

Conclusion

A staycation in West Lothian offers the perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and local charm. By supporting local businesses and exploring the rich history and natural beauty of the area, you’ll create lasting memories without the need to travel far from home. So, pack your bags and get ready to discover all that West Lothian has to offer this summer!

Visit West Lothian, Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian. EH54 6FF UK Registration No. SC346843

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