Your Complete Guide to Livingston

Just outside of Edinburgh is West Lothian’s largest town, Livingston. 

Born in 1962, Livingston was the fourth post-war new town to be built in Scotland, taking its name from the original small village which it blossomed from. 

This is a great location if you want to stay close to Edinburgh Airport or get away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh for a few days while you are visiting Scotland. 

Things to do in Livingston

During your time in Livingston make the most of it by visiting its top attractions for tourists. Daytrippers love to come here when they are staying in surrounding towns and cities due to the amount that is going on here. 

We have picked our top things to do in Livingston below.

Livingston Designer Outlet

With over 70 boutiques, restaurants and cafés, a cinema and mini-golf on-site there is something for everyone at Scotland’s largest Designer Outlet. 

If you want to find a bargain, you can choose from a wide range of designer brand outlet stores including Fred Perry Kurt Geiger, Lacoste, and Tommy Hilfiger and labels like Nike and Adidas. 

Five Sisters Zoo

The Five Sisters Zoo is in West Calder, a town fifteen minutes away from Livingston. It is home to a wide range of animals including lions and bears. 

While you are visiting this popular attraction in Livingston you will get the chance to meet some amazing creatures! The zoo’s Animal Encounters experiences are great fun and during you can get close up to a variety of animals including royal pythons, corn snakes, leopard geckos, tenrecs, and creepy crawlies!

Almond Valley

As we have mentioned previously Livingston is an excellent place to visit for families visiting this part of Scotland. Our next destination the Almond Valley is close to the River Almond and is surrounded by fields, woods, and green spaces.

The Valley is home to friendly farm animals and you can meet them during your visit. While you are exploring the grounds here you will come across horses, donkeys, dairy and highland cattle, sheep, assorted pigs, goats chickens, ducks, and geese. You will leave here having made a furry friend!

Union Canal 

The Union Canal runs from Falkirk through to Edinburgh. Many visitors to Livingston travel to the part of the canal which the town for a spot of canal fishing. 

 Roach and Perch are the most common fish in these waters, and can easily be caught using bait such as maggots, pinkies, worms or bread.

Macdonald Houstoun House

The Macdonald Houstoun House Spa is just a seven-minute drive away from the centre of Livingston. This luxury spa in Uphall, West Lothian is the perfect day out for couples that want to relax and unwind during their Scottish break.

Here you will find a number of Elemis spa treatments on the menu and you can also use the spa’s 18-metre indoor swimming pool and sauna before or after.

Accommodation in Livingston

Star pick: Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel

If you do decide to visit Livingston for a spa break you can book a room at this location too! Perfect if you are looking for a romantic retreat in the countryside this luxury hotel has traditional decor throughout its several suites.

This hotel is conveniently close to both Livingston and Edinburgh, making it a great base for travellers that what to get around during there stay.

Bankton House Hotel

This hidden gem in Livingston is incredibly charming. Guests that choose to stay here love learning about its interesting history.

Bankton House was built in the 1800s and what a journey it has had! After being a family manor for many years, by the mid-1900’s it was left to neglect and became derelict until 1980. 

Since 1983 it has been restored to its former glory, with stunning large bedrooms, beautiful gardens, and excellent hosts. 

Limefield House

This stunning Georgian property situated in Livingston. It is close by to many of Livingston’s tourist attractions and is an eight-minute drive from the Livingston Designer Centre, The Elements and The Almondvale Retail Centre and free private parking is available on site.

All rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee facilities. Some suites have a small kitchen, making it a popular self-catering choice in Livingston. 

Chain Runner by Marston’s Inns 

This Inn is suitable for families looking for cheap and cheerful accommodation in Livingston. 

Adults are catered for a there is an on-site restaurant which serves meals (and alcoholic beverages) throughout the day. Kids love this hotel too as it has an indoor and outdoor play area for children to enjoy.

Mercure Livingston Hotel

This is an excellent choice if you want to be close to Edinburgh Airport. this hotel is just a fifteen-minute driveway. 

With excellent facilities on site including a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, gym and a saunna the Mercure Livingston Hotel offers its guests great value for money and a comfortable stay.

This hotel books up fast so make sure you secure your place here in advance.

Self-catering Livingston 

Our self-catering choice is great for those that want to explore the Scottish outdoors while they visit this beautiful town in Scotland. It also has something for everyone at a range of price points.

Linwater Caravan Park

Camping at the Linwater Caravan park starts from just £18per night. Located in Newbridge it is just a short drive away from Livingston and the outskirts of Edinburgh.

This self-catering option has rave reviews as it has been graded as 4 stars by Visit Scotland and was awarded best Caravan Park in the 2018 Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards. 

If camping isn’t your scene then book up on of the luxury self-catering lodges at Linwater. Guests can take advantage of the lodge’s modern open plan living space, kitchen, dining, and seating area and can even get the BBQ started with complimentary gas.

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