Bathgate is a traditional Scottish town with bustling streets surrounded by gentle rolling hills. Let’s discover its past and find out what it offers today. A warm, friendly welcome awaits you in Bathgate. Fly fishing, golf or a trip to the threatre? There’s something for everyone.
Originally a small, rural farming community, the discovery and extraction of coal, lime and ironstone and opening of the Edinburgh and Bathgate railway in 1849 saw industry and the population grow as it became a key point for the distribution of raw materials to the major ports of Glasgow, Grangemouth and Leith.
The discovery by James Young of shale oil saw the development of a new chemical works in 1852, making it the world’s first commercial oil-works manufacturing paraffin oil and wax.
By the mid-20th century, the mining industry had ceased. As an incentive for the continued development of new business, the UK government offered manufacturers enhanced financial packages to relocate. This saw the arrival of the Austin Motor Company and Morris Motors in 1961. Alas, in 1986, the plants were closed and so began a period of economic hardship.
To find out more about Bathgate’s History, why not pay a visit to Bennie Museum, a quaint house which provides a permanent exhibition of the town’s past.
Today Bathgate town centre is a designated Business Improvement District with plenty to offer.
Stroll through the town and explore its wide variety of local shops. From well known stores to small, independent retailers you can select a prime cut of beef, choose an outfit, try on some jewellery, get fitted for your wedding dress or order the most delectable cakes for a special occasion.
For sports enthusiasts, Bathgate has a superb sports center, open to the public 7 days a week offering a state of the art gym, swimming pool, and beautiful 9-par golf course.
Enjoy a spot of fly fishing at Ballencrieff Fishery. Located at Ballencrieff Toll, it offers excellent fly fishing with spectacular views and can accommodate all levels of anglers.
Visitors to Bathgate can enjoy an excellent range of cafes and restaurants.
Choose from traditional Scottish to Italian, Chinese and Indian cuisine. Whether it’s morning coffee, afternoon tea or a relaxing dinner, there is something for all tastes and occasions.
Spend the evening with friends in one of Bathgate’s bars or pubs. The young at heart can take to the dance floor in a popular nightclubs
Open up a world of music for you and your child Music has an extremely positive effect on a child’s development.
Annual day of festive fun, celebrations and activities in Bathgate Town Centre. Further details to be provided. Check back here or via social media for subsequent updates.
Whether it's a family favourite, a fast-paced action or a classic comedy - there's a film to suit everyone's taste at Bathgate's brand new cinema attraction.
West Lothian has changed enormously over the last 330 million years. Evidence of these changes is all around you... if you just know what to look for.
Situated a mile south-east of Bathgate and close to Junction 3a on the M8, Tailend Moss is a lowland raised bog composed of deep peat.
Situated on the north-east edge of Bathgate, Petershill was a limestone quarry in the 18th Century, converted to reservoirs in the 19th Century and drained in 1986.
Located in Bathgate, Bogburn Flood Lagoons consists of three open freshwater pools surrounded by marshy grassland and swamp, a habitat favoured by wildfowl
Balbardie Park of Peace, Bathgate
Kirkton Park, Bathgate
The Regal Community Theatre in the heart of Bathgate is a lively hub of entertainment, community arts and events
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.
Dreadnought Rock is the place to be in West Lothian if you love your Rock Music or enjoy a great night out in a safe and relaxed environment !
Bathgate Golf Club is the proud home of 2 Ryder Cup Captains– Eric Brown and Bernard Gallacher. The course is a generally flat 18 hole course
Our 9 hole golf course, suited in Balbardie Park of Peace @ Xcite Bathgate, offers players an ideal course suitable for beginners as well experienced golfers.
This challenging cycle tour, climbing into the Bathgate Hills, affords views of much of central Scotland including the Trossaches and Ben Lomond.
The name was given to the area by West Lothian Clarion founding member Sadiq Mir in 2007.
Xcite Bathgate offers a great range of activities and facilities for all ages and abilities.
The Ballencrieff is located on Hopetoun Street in the thriving heart of Bathgate.
Heritage is located in the traditional town of Bathgate. Visit us to enjoy the highest quality Indian food where we use only the best ingredients.
New restaurant & bar in Bathgate with music, sports, food, drinks & weekend entertainment.
The Panda Restaurant is renowned in the area for its quality and presentation of freshly prepared Chinese food.
Tucked away on the streets of Bathgate, this romantic little Indian restaurant has earned itself a loyal following for its low-fat, colour free cuisine.
The Golden Swallow Restaurant, in Bathgate, has been serving high quality Chinese food for over thirty years.
Come try Bathgate's newest cafe, set in a newly refurbished historic building.
Located in the heart of Bathgate, specialising in premium “roasted in-store” coffees, contemporary hand baked scones and fresh delicious soups.
Artisan Cheesecakes is a family run business, specialised in cheesecakes. We make different flavoured cheesecakes every day and aim to make all cheesecake-lovers dreams come true!
Privately owned hotel with a very popular restaurant and bar open to non-residents.
The Premier Inn Bathgate offers comfort and convenience for both leisure and business travellers.
The Balbairdie Hotel has ten spacious en suite rooms, with a number of family rooms available on request
The Cairn Hotel in Bathgate is just 5 minutes from the M8 motorway and a 15-minute drive from Edinburgh Airport or the Tram services to Edinburgh City Centre.
The Fairway Hotel is a family run hotel in Bathgate, West Lothian
Smarhus Cottage offers high quality accommodation from which to explore central Scotland.