For sheer quality of life and amenity, West Lothian is difficult to beat. It is a unique blend of modern retail shopping, thriving business, quality town and country living and an enviable mix of outdoor pursuits and leisure facilities.
West Lothian is a youthful and dynamic area in which to live but at the same time steeped in history. Astride the M8 and M9 motorways, West Lothian is one of the most accessible locations in Scotland. With numerous rail and bus connections around West Lothian, and easy access to the centres and airports of Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is ideal for commuting. It is 30 minutes drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow, and in some parts of West Lothian a 20 minute train journey takes you to Edinburgh, Scotland's Capital City.
32 UK and European destinations are served with direct connections from Edinburgh Airport.
The largest town in West Lothian is Livingston, a fast growing new town, based on a number of existing villages. Older towns such as Broxburn, Bathgate, Linlithgow, Armadale and Whitburn provide a more traditional setting, while a number of smaller communities such as Mid Calder, East Calder, West Calder, Winchburgh and Kirknewton blend in closely with adjacent countryside.
Every year thousands make their way to Hopetoun House, sometimes described as Scotland's finest stately home; the House of Binns ( Home to the Dalyell family since 1612); the Royal Palace of Linlithgow, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots; and the pre-historic burial site at Cairnpapple Hill.
A wide range of primary and secondary schools provide first class educational facilities and opportunities for West Lothian's youngsters.
St John's Hospital offers general care and accident and emergency services and the towns of West Lothian are home to some of Scotland's most comprehensive GP and local authority resource networks.
Shoppers are spoilt for choice. McArthur Glen is the place to discover fantastic bargains in designer labels and quality brands while the adjacent The Centre Shopping Centre supplies a large choice of High Street stores, stylish cafes, restaurants and banks.
If your preference is the outdoors, there are 4 country parks to enjoy, pony trekking, riding schools and no fewer than 14 golf courses! Sports centres and swimming pools are a feature of many towns in West Lothian and for the football fan, Livingston has its own League football team, winners of the CIS Cup in 2004.
The more adventurous can enjoy a trip along the historic Union Canal or enjoy archery, canoeing, climbing, angling and mountain biking among other activities.
West Lothian's dynamic local economy provides a supportive backdrop to fast growing companies. They enjoy access to 60% of Scotland's population within a 60-minute radius. Employers based in West Lothian can use the resources and skills of 9 Universities, and the brand new campus of West Lothian College.