Places to see and stay in Livingston
Livingston is a true representation of the Scottish heritage and true hospitality that Scotland is has long been famous for. The town has grown exponentially since being built in 1962. Numbers from the 2011 census have the population of the city at an estimated 172,990.
The combined numbers of people visiting Livingston and the greater West Lothian region for investment and recreation grew by 50% by 2015 according to the West Lothian government website.
Such an influx of visitors would be overwhelming if the city didn’t have the infrastructure to accommodate them. The government of West Lothian has seen to it that tourism remains a sustainable economic endeavor by investing in places to stay or see.
So, here you have this Scottish city set against a backdrop of scintillating culture and history. The question is; what is there to see? Here are the top picks from every tourism niche available in the city
Historical site: Cairnapple Hill
A ritual and burial site found in Livingston, it was used by the local population over 4000 years ago. With a summit that rises 312 meters above sea level, Cairnapple hill was discovered after excavations by British archaeologist, Stuart Ernest Piggot. It offers views from coast to coast. The intrigue of Cairnapple hill is not just confined to the site. Its name has also been a source of mystery for a long while even being the subject of discussion in a Scottish documentary: Before Scotland.
Parks and Woods: Almondell and Calderwood Country Park
Straddled between the two estates of Almondell and Calderwood, this country park gives you the feeling that you might just run into Robin Hood and his merry band! It is characterized by massive oak and maple trees that come alive with the sounds of a myriad of bird species. It is also rich with wildlife which provides avid photographers with great subject matter. Bird watchers are also in for a treat in the serene environment of Almondell and Calderwood Country Park. Interestingly, the park has picnic sites and a barbeque facility for hire.
Competition sites: Eliburn Reservoir
Livingston is home to 4 acres of prime fishing waters running over with at least ten species of fish. This fishing haven is run by the West Lothian angling club which stocks the reservoir with carp (Common, Crucian and mirror), perch, roach, barbell, bream and rudd among other species. At the Eliburn reservoir, it is fishing season all year round with competitions being held regularly and scores of fishing enthusiast in attendance.
Shopping: Livingston Designer Outlet
The city of Livingston is home to the largest outlet mall in all of Scotland. With a glass roof that has been equated to the one at crystal palace and over 100 stores are housed in mall, visitors are in for an enjoyable shopping and architectural experience. You can enjoy meals from the traditional Scottish food chains like Harry Ramsden or international brands like MacDonalds. The shopping end of it offers an array of international names like Nike at great discounts.
Where to lay your head
Being such a tourism and business hub, the city of Livingston is peppered with fantastic hotels that offers the weary traveler world class hospitality. You can chose apartments, villas or hotel rooms from high end hotel chains to affordable accommodation. Hotel chains like Premier Inn among others have found a cozy niche in this versatile city.
Scottish hospitality is not felt anywhere more deeply than in the heart of Scotland: In Livingston.