A traditional village, with a strong community and fun activities. Kirknewton is a beautiful part of Central Scotland offering spectacular scenery and fun activities.
Earliest signs of settlement in Kirknewton date back to the Iron Age with forts being discovered on Kaimes and Dalmahoy Hill to the East.
In the 17th century, Kirknewton House was constructed. Reworking of the current house was undertaken in 1835 by architect William Playfair.
Kirknewton was transformed in the 1860s by the shale oil industry. Shale mined from the area was transported to a large shale works for processing at Pumpherston.
A military airfield was built at Whitemoss to the south during World War II which became known as RAF Kirknewton. Today it is home to RAF (V) Gliding Unit.
With its excellent transport links, Kirknewton is a very desirable place to live.
What to see and do
Kirknewton is served with local amenities including a small local shop, Post Office and garage and popular fish and chip shop and bar.
Those with a creative flair should visit Potter Around which combines pottery making with craft workshops. Learn how to make jewellery, glassware, knitting, miniature painting, candles, cosmetics – you name, they do it. Catering to all ages classes are available throughout the year.
The beautiful countryside offers many walking opportunities for those who enjoy the outdoors.
If you fancy a spot of “glamping” Hilly Cow Wigwams allows you to sleep under the stars but enjoying an in-built bathroom and wooden beds! Alternative accommodation includes luxury bed and breakfast at Kirknewton House along with other b&bs within the area.
Kirknewton is a beautiful part of Central Scotland offering spectacular scenery and fun activities
Potter Around is a friendly and welcoming craft studio offering a number of arts and crafts activities run by knowledgeable, helpful staff.
An award winning museum offering a fascinating insight into Scotland's military past. Located in Wilkieston and open 5 days a week.
Jupiter Artland is an award-winning contemporary sculpture garden located just outside Edinburgh. Set over 100 acres of meadow, woodland and indoor gallery spaces, Jupiter Artland is home to over 30 permanent and unique site-specific sculptures as well as a seasonal programme of carefully curated exhibitions and events.
A challenging walk around the lower end of West Lothian which can take you right into the Pentlands. Distance: 9 mls/ 14.5km with a climb of 561m
A a Brown trout only fishery, (Fly Fishing only). Open March 15th to October 15th.
A Room in the Country is a four star family run B&B accommodation situated in the country but close to Edinburgh and Livingston.
Enjoy a relaxing time in this beautiful cabin situated in the rural settings of Kirknewton.
Hilly Cow Wigwams is set on a working farm with spectacular view of the Forth valley. The wigwams are wooden- perfect for Glamping whatever the weather!