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Bathgate Area Guide

As a local Bathgate Estate Agency, we know this area like the back of our hands. It’s a super traditional Scottish town, offering a warm and friendly welcome, and there are some great houses for sale in Bathgate. It is the second-largest settlement in West Lothian and only five miles west of Livingston and on a direct train route to Edinburgh. So whether you prefer shopping, fishing, golf, or a trip to the theatre, everyone will find something to their liking here.

Bathgate has a wide range of housing, from modern detached houses to bungalows, all of which are affordable. These houses are perfect for first-time buyers and investors. It is an excellent location for families because it is close to nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, independent schools, and universities, and the surrounding beautiful scenery is easily accessible. Additionally, Bathgate is a pleasant and secure environment. Over the past twelve months, this area’s average house price has been £182,758 (Rightmove).

Local Area Guide Bathgate

The History of Bathgate

Bathgate has come to power in significant ways throughout its history. The settlement began in 1160 when King Malcolm of Scotland directed Uchtred Sherif of Linlithgow to grant Holyrood Abbey land in Bathgate for agricultural use and the construction of a church.

Bathgate, which is situated in the Bathgate Hills, and its “bairns” (Bathgate residents) have played an essential role in the history of the Bathgate of today.

Some of the “bairns” went on to play important roles in various fields, including Sir James Young Simpson, who discovered the value of chloroform as an anaesthetic; Rev. John Fleming, whose zoological works Darwin trusted; and many others.

Today, Bathgate town centre is a designated Business Improvement District, and it has much to offer, including a great sports centre open to the public.

Local Schools & Colleges

Schools take a positive approach to their work, providing the best care and support possible so that parents can rest assured that their children are in good hands. There are nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, independent schools, and universities. All the schools in this area are rated Good or Outstanding by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.

Travel Connections

Bathgate is very well-connected to neighbouring cities by public transport, having vital road, bus, and train links to cities including Edinburgh.

Bathgate is easily accessible from the M8 motorway via Junctions 3A and 4, connecting the town to Edinburgh, Inverclyde via Glasgow, and other cities. Bathgate is connected to the M9 via the A801 via Polmont.

Scotrail runs Bathgate Railway Station, which is served by eastbound trains to Edinburgh Waverley and westbound trains to Helensburgh Central via Glasgow, Milngavie via Glasgow, and Balloch via Glasgow.

Edinburgh Airport is located 13 miles (21 kilometres) away by road.

Areas of Interest 

Cairnpapple Hill

Visit Cairnpapple Hill to admire a great example of a henge monument – a rare class of Neolithic ceremonial monument. It is also possible to take a gentle walk to the summit of Cairnpapple Hill to take in the breathtaking views of the Forth Valley and beyond, from which you may be able to see Goat Fell, Arran’s highest peak.

Memorial Wall

This monument honours the men of the Fauldhouse district who died in the two world wars. The Memorial is supported by a rough-hewn pedestal and a three-stepped square base. The platform’s focal point is an Eastern Christian style orb topped by an Ionic style Celtic cross. The role of honour is carved on all four sides of the pedestal, and a separate panel at the base for WW1 and WW2 has been added. In addition, the Memorial includes an arboretum with 1,114 native Scottish trees, one for each of the men who died, as well as a memorial surrounded by two mounds shaped like the Ying and Yang on the Korean flag.

Bathgate Hills

The Bathgate Hills is a range of hills that dates back more than 330 million years to when West Lothian was on the edge of a vast continent near the Equator. At just 1023 feet, the Bathgate Hills are not high hills by Scottish standards, more gently rolling hills! The range includes the Torphichen Hills, Hilderston Hills, Kettleston Hills and the Riccarton Hills and primarily comprise ash and lava piled up by volcanic activity during the Carboniferous era.

Bogburn Flood Lagoons

Bogburn Flood Lagoons, located in Bathgate, consist of three open freshwater pools surrounded by marshy grasses and a lagoon that is a favourite habitat for wildfowl. If you’re lucky, you might see a Yellowhammer, Song Thrush, Reed Bunting, Pink-footed Goose, and other species, so keep your eyes open!

Balbardie Park

Balbardie Park is a large, mixed-use park with stunning views set in an open, rolling landscape. There is golf, football, a large BMX track, a playpark, outdoor gym equipment, parking, and a leisure centre. Here you can walk the ‘Peace Mile’, a measured mile consisting of two park laps beside the golf course. It’s perfect for dogs and jogging.

The Regal Community Theatre

The Regal Community Theatre, located in the heart of Bathgate, is a buzzing hub of entertainment, community arts, and events. This unique Art Deco-style venue in the heart of town (just a 5-minute walk from the train station) provides space for volunteer and professional arts groups to meet, rehearse, and present.

Bennie Museum

The Bennie Museum, a museum of Bathgate’s history and life, opened in 1989. Special exhibitions are hosted here regularly, covering subjects such as the annual Newlands Day Procession, local anniversaries, and topics of general interest, such as toys. Inside the museum, shops are selling local maps, postcards, bookmarks, and other souvenirs. Bennie Museum is currently hosting a fascinating ‘Museum of Childhood’ exhibition, which illustrates and shows aspects of life from the perspective of Bathgate’s children in the past. Vintage toys, books, and games are included.

Tailend Moss

Tailend Moss is a lowland raised peat bog, located around one mile southeast of Bathgate and near Junction 3a on the M8. A vital habitat for peatland plants, damselflies, and dragonflies, follow the path into the reserve to spot birdlife, including the Curlew, Tree Sparrow, Kingfisher, and many other species.

Polmonthill Snowsports Centre

Polmonthill Snowsports Centre offers lessons for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities and high-quality instruction from fully qualified instructors. Group lessons start at four years old for skiing and eight years old for snowboarding. Individual half-hour lessons are available for children aged three and up.

Torphichen Preceptory

Maintained by Historic Scotland, the Preceptory is a ruined church in the village of Torphichen. The earliest known records of its existence are from 1168. Its current state consists of the two transepts and the tower associated with the Preceptory of the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. 

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