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.


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