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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.

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  • Getting There
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Children Welcome

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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.

It now includes areas of species-rich grassland, scrub and wetland, and is also an important geological site.

You can download your own map for the reserve here and obtain your leaflet by clicking here

Within Scotland's varied landscape lies the Scottish Wildlife Trust's wildlife reserves which have provided a secure haven for wildlife for 50 years. We have 120 reserves covering an area of more than 20,000 hectares.

Our reserves support:

  • 168 UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Species
  • 204 species from the Scottish Biodiversity List
  • 15 species from the SNH Species Action Framework plus many others


Petershill Reserve
West Lothian
EH48 4NS

Best time to visit April- July

Park in the designated parking area on the east side of the reserve, taking care not to obstruct access either to the farm or to surrounding fields. Please do not park on the farm track that runs along the western edge of the reserve.


From Junction 3a on the M8, follow directions for Bathgate until a roundabout is reached where the B792 (Kirk Road) is taken north-west until a T-junction.

Turn right at the T-junction and follow Drumcross Road eastwards and up the steep hill out of Bathgate.

At the top of the hill there is a sharp bend, after which there is a small parking area on the left.

Visitors are asked to park responsibly and not restrict access either to the working farm or farmers' fields at Petershill.

Getting onto the reserve

From the parking area, a path leads into the reserve.

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