Dechmont Law

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Disambiguation: the name Dechmont, and an associated "Dechmont Hill" are also places near Cambuslang in Scotland

Dechmont Law (& Deer Hill)
Dechmont Law.jpg
Elevation 217 m (712 ft)
Listing none
Location West Lothian, Scotland
OS grid NT033697
Topo map OS Landranger 65

Dechmont Law is a hill in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland. It lies around 700 yards southwest of the village of Dechmont, which provides its name. It is known locally as "Decky Hill" or as "Dechmont Hill" (Law is Lowland Scots for "hill"). "Deer Hill" is another peak of the same hill, to the northeast of the main peak.

It is the highest hill in the Livingston area, and Arthur's Seat and the Pentland Hills can be seen from here, as well as a view down the Almond valley.


Dechmont Law is a volcanic plug.


The slopes show signs of agricultural terracing, from the Bronze and Iron Age, but it is unclear whether it was ever a hillfort. Its strategic position makes this likely, but there is insufficient archaeological evidence.

The "Livingston Incident"[edit]

In 1979, forestry worker Bob Taylor, had an alleged encounter with a UFO in the area of Dechmont Law.

Rory Blackhall murder[edit]

In 2005, the body of murdered schoolboy Rory Blackhall was found in an old, upside-down, two-person tent in Dechmont Law Park, in plantation woodland west of the Law. The body was discovered after a two-hour search by a Countryside Ranger who knew the area well. Two mountain rescue members and a rescue dog, searching independently, were at the same spot within minutes. The case has since closed, the murder suspect having committed suicide.[1]


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Coordinates: 55°54′38″N 3°32′55″W / 55.91065°N 3.54851°W / 55.91065; -3.54851