County of West Lothian

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The County of West Lothian is bounded by Midlothian to the east, enclosed by the Firth of Forth to the north, and Stirlingshire to the West and Lanarkshire to the south west. Coal mining, agriculture and manufacturing were the main source of employment. In the 19th century shale oil extraction to make paraffin was a major source of employment. Prior to the Local Government Acts of 1975 West Lothian was also known as Linlithgowshire. The two main rivers in the County are the Almond and the Avon both of which flow into the River Forth. Like all the counties of the Lothians it has it's own local authority, courts of justice, byelaws and rates system. The county town is Linlithgow, a ancient Royal Burgh and home to Linlithgow Palace which without doubt played more than it's part in the history of the making of present day Scotland. But more of that can be found on the West Lothian Towns and Villages page. To access simply click on the link or here.

The other Burgh's in the county are Armadale, Bathgate,and Whitburn. In 1946 the New Town of Livingston was set up under legislation and is also a Burgh. Prior to his death the MP for Livingston was the well known Robin Cook. The world champion Snooker player Stephen Hendry is a native of South Queensferry which when he was born in 1969 was part of West Lothian prior to regionalisation in 1975. He was the world champion snooker player seven times and without doubt the greatest living snooker player. West Lothian and in particular Livingston was known as silicon glen because of major companies in the computer chip industry making Livingston their home base. West Lothian has three country parks. They are Almondell and Calderwood Country Park,. Beescraigs Country Park and Polkemmit.

The position of West Lothian situated midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh makes it an ideal base if you are on a touring holiday of Scotland. In the 1800's the population of the County was just over 14,000. Today it is over 160,000 and rising. The geography is of course ideal for commuting. The area is blessed with historic building, Linlithgow Palace as already mention to Hopetoun House and the House of Binns to name but a few. All steeped in history. The main ones are listed at the foot of this page with links. In 1989 the oldest known fossil of a reptile was found in West Lothian by the professional collector Stanley Wood. It was estimated to be in the region of 338 million years old. So if fossil hunting is your thing well you are in the right place. One of the largest shopping centre's is the Almondvale centre at Livingston. A very good day out, but be careful not to spend all your money. Accommodation, Rail and transport links are as good as you will get anywhere in the country.


Bridge Castle
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Blackness Castle
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House of Binns
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Hopetoun House
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Linlithgow Palace
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Niddrie Castle