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West Lothian Area Guide

Linlithgow Loch, West Lothian Image courtesy of Flickr user Phil

Nestled south of the Firth of Forth in the west of Scotland, West Lothian is a small, relatively flat lowland county with wide expanses of countryside and a few moderately sized towns. Up until the middle of the last century the county was a big coal mining area but, like the industry in the north of England, it collapsed in the 1980s leaving high levels of unemployment.

In its place, however, West Lothian has attracted several big international employers in the software, electronics and communications industries and also serves as a commuter area for Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Towns in West Lothian include Bathgate, Livingston, Whitburn, Linlithgow, Armadale, Broxburn and Blackburn. The county is around the national average in terms of prosperity however there are less affluent areas, particularly parts of Livingston and Bathgate and some rural areas.

Demographics

The population of West Lothian is around 172,000. The county follows the wider Scottish average in terms of age, with neither a significantly high population of young or old people. The people of West Lothian report a good quality of life and the county is the fastest growing area of Scotland with the population projected to reach 196,000 by 2024.

West Lothian is slightly below the Scottish average in terms of income but also has a slightly lower unemployment rate. The local economy is varied and includes public services, retail and distribution, hotels and restaurants, manufacturing, construction, finance and IT.

Education

Educational attainment has improved in the past twenty years and exam results at a secondary level are slightly above the Scottish national average. Over 80% of school leavers enter employment, training or further education. There are good state schools in all the major towns, including Armadale Academy, Bathgate Academy, Broxburn Academy, Linlithgow Academy, West Calder High and Whitburn Academy.

Transport

West Lothian is on the Central Scotland rail network. West Calder and Livingston South are both on the direct line to Edinburgh, with journey times of around 30 minutes. These stations also have direct links to Glasgow.

Linlithgow is on a different branch with direct links to Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk. Bathgate and Livingston North are on a separate branch with a direct route to Edinburgh but not to Glasgow. To get to the north of Scotland or down to England, residents would need to change at Edinburgh via any of these routes.

The main motorways are the M8 through Broxburn and Livingston to Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the M9 north through Linlithgow to Dunblane via Falkirk.

Amenities and Shopping

Livingston has a large shopping centre called simply, The Centre, with 155 stores including Argos, BHS, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer. Livingston Designer Outlet is a big shopping centre that carries mid-range brands such as Clarks, Adidas, Lacoste and Kurt Geiger. For more of a high street experience, the ancient town of Linlithgow has a baker, butcher, fishmonger and several delis to choose from, as well as a range of independent shops.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.