There are several reasons to live and work in West Lothian, such as its strategic location and ease of access to nearby cities Edinburgh and Glasgow due to the highly efficient transport infrastructure. As well as affordable housing that includes a range of property types, the area is home to some of Scotland’s most popular attractions, many of which are located within the picturesque countryside. West Lothian’s diverse cultural life and surroundings make it the ideal location for both residents and visitors.
Two-thirds of West Lothian’s land is agricultural and contain significant watercourses which include the River Almond and the Union Canal. The largest and most visited green space is Beecraigs Country Park, a 370-hectare (913 acres) area that caters to a wide range of leisure and recreational activities. There is also access to several other country parks including Almondell & Calderwood Country Park and Polkemmet Country Park, which offers riverside walks, an adventure play park and a golf course.
West Lothian is also home to several visitor attractions that benefit from the vast green space, including Almond Valley Heritage Centre, a family-friendly museum with farm animals and Five Sisters Zoo which is home to over 196 different species from all over the world.
West Lothian offers an expansive range of cultural locations to explore including Linlithgow Palace (birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots), Midhope Castle (one of many Outlander filming locations within the area) and Blackness Castle amongst others. There is also museums and art collections located throughout the area, including Jupiter Artland, a contemporary sculpture garden in the grounds of Bonnington House.
In addition to its vast cultural offerings, West Lothian provides many other recreational opportunities, including several modern sports centres, swimming pools, cinemas and theatres. Award-winning festivals include ‘Party at the Palace’ which attracts a large number of music fans over 2 days, or the West Lothian Highland Games, which showcases a range of local and international talents.
West Lothian is passionate about sport and has produced many successful sportspeople throughout the years. It is home to Scottish Premiership football team Livingston F.C. who play their football at the Tony Macaroni Arena. There are 13 challenging golf courses in the area including Bathgate Golf Club, home of 2 previous Ryder Cup captains.
West Lothian attracts a large number of visitors to its extensive retail units including Livingston Designer Outlet, the largest outlet in the UK. There are over 200 retail stores between The Centre Livingston and Livingston Designer Outlet alone and several highstreets located within the smaller towns.
Finding somewhere to eat is not an issue with access to several award-winning, high-quality restaurants, cafés and bars located throughout West Lothian that will cater to all tastes.
The area offers a broad range of affordable and available housing which includes everything from new build housing in development areas such as Winchburgh to traditional Lochside properties in the highly sought-after area of Linlithgow.
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Source: UK Price Index September 2020