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a boarded path in a forest
Path crossing a burn and a marsh near Beecraigs Reservoir, within Beecraigs Country Park

Beecraigs is a country park located in West Lothian, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the town of Linlithgow and 3 miles (4.8 km) north-east of Bathgate. The park comprises around 913 acres (369 ha) of upland forest, woodland and open country,[1] and offers a range of amenities including outdoor pursuits, camping and caravanning site, sawmill, ranger service, deer farm, fishery and hilltop restaurant. In 2010 prehistoric remains were uncovered on the site of a planned visitor centre.[2] To the west of the country park is Cockleroy (278 metres (912 ft)), which is topped by the remains of a prehistoric hillfort.

Deer at Beecraigs


A major attraction of Beecraigs is its location high on the hills above Bathgate and Linlithgow which afford impressive views of the surrounding countryside, including the Forth Valley, Linlithgow Loch and Palace, and the Pentland Hills. The park does not lie on any major routes, and is 4 miles (6.4 km) from the M9 and 5 miles (8.0 km) from the M8 motorways.


  1. ^ "Beecraigs Country Park". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  2. ^ "A Hive of Archaeological Activity at Beecraigs". West of Scotland Archaeology Service. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 

Coordinates: 55°57′00″N 3°35′49″W / 55.950°N 3.597°W / 55.950; -3.597

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