Top 10 things to do
1. Almond Valley
Almond Valley offers a wonderful day out for all the family. From farm animals to pedal go karts to museum fun, there's lots to discover and learn at the Heritage Centre. Almond Valley is less than a 10 minute drive from Mercure Livingston Hotel.
2. Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland is a sculpture park and contemporary art gallery in the grounds of Bonnington House, a 19th century country house. This place will inspire you and capture your imagination no matter what your age. Only a 10 minute car journey from the hotel.
3. Linlithgow Palace
The ruins of Linlithgow Palace are situated 15 miles west of Edinburgh. The palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and one of the primary residences of the monarchs of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries. The high towers look out to beautiful scenery and the serene waters of Linlithgow Loch.
4. Hopetoun House
One of Scotland's finest stately homes dating from the 17th century, set in a country estate with a deer park and nature trails. One of the highlights of Hopetoun is a visit to the Stables Tearoom offering high quality contemporary menu including afternoon tea.
5. Cairnapple Hill
The broad summit of Cairnapple Hill was a significant site for ceremonies and burials for at least 4,000 years. Enjoy a short, gentle walk to the summit and take in the spectacular views across the Forth Valley.
6. Five Sisters Zoo
Five Sisters Zoo is the most visited wildlife attraction in West Lothian. They have an exciting collection of over 180 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles from across the globe.
7. Deer Park Golf and Country Club
Tee off at this friendly Golf Club which welcomes all guests. You do not need to be a member to play golf there. Various golf packages are available; choose from 18 holes to unlimited golf and a selection of catering options to keep your energy going throughout the day.
8. Livingston Designer Outlet
If you have a passion for fashion, look no further than Livingston Designer Outlet, Scotland's largest designer outlet. With over 70 famous name brands, you can shop until your heart's content and are guaranteed to grab a bargain! Restaurant, bar and leisure facilities are also available.
9. Bennie Museum
Discover and learn about Bathgate's history and life at the Bennie Museum. It is set in two ruined cottages gifted by the Bennie family in 1989 and is run by volunteers. Bathgate's origins date back to the 1100s and in 1328 there was a Royal Castle which was given by Robert the Bruce to his daughter Marjorie on her marriage to Walter, the High Steward of Scotland: thus began the Stewart dynasty that was to rule Scotland until 1689.
10. Almondell and Calderwood Country Park
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park is tucked away in the valley of the River Almond covering 220 acres and is thought to be West Lothian's best kept secret! Whether you're looking for a tranquil place to chill out and appreciate nature, a family picnic, or a cycle, the park has something for everyone.