Linwater Caravan Park
Linwater Caravan Park is a peaceful, family run Park for touring caravans, motor homes and tents, situated on open farmland just west of Edinburgh. You can enjoy all the delights of Scotland's capital city and then head west to the peace and quiet of the countryside. We are ideally situated for visiting Edinburgh, the Royal Highland Showground, home of the famous Royal Highland Show in June and many other shows and exhibitions, the Falkirk Wheel, and the International Climbing Arena is just 1 mile away with the 'only indoor covered climbs on natural rock in the world.'
There is easy access from the Park to the M9 - Falkirk/Stirling; the M90 Forth Road Bridge to Perth and beyond; the M8 to Glasgow and to the A720 City Bypass which leads to all roads south - A1, A68, A7, A702.
There are 2 Park and Rides nearby, Ingliston and Hermston where you can park for free, and take the bus to the centre of Edinburgh. These run regularly and also late into the night, excellent for late visits to the Edinburgh Festival/Tattoo.
About The Park
We have 60 spacious level pitches, some grass, some hard standings and most with 16 amp electric hook-ups for motorhomes, caravans and tents. We also have our timbertents which are a warm and dry alternative to camping, sleeping up to 4 people.
Our Scandinavian style amenity building offers excellent facilities including free showers and privacy cubicles. These are kept clean to the highest of standards by our visitors and ourselves and we look after them as best we can. There is also a small laundry, separate disabled shower-room and dish washing up area.
Our small reception has plenty of tourist information to help you plan your stay - whether it is to venture into Edinburgh or to tour the area - or to travel further afield. As there are many shops and supermarkets in the area, we only have a few sweets etc. for sale, but milk, newspapers and rolls can be ordered daily.
Well-behaved dogs - and children - are most welcome, and for the children we have a large sandpit with plenty toys to help you dig and build. Dogs should be kept on leads around the Park, although ours sometimes set a bad example by coming across just to check out the visitors. We have a lovely dog walk from the Park, which leads to a path which goes to the Union Canal and to Almondell Country Park. This path can sometimes be muddy so do come prepared. A sheet of walks is available in Reception to help you explore around us.
Linwater is signposted from the Newbridge Junction which is Junction 1 on the M9 and from Wilkieston on the A71.
Attractions in Edinburgh
The most famous attraction in Edinburgh must be Edinburgh Castle but there are so many places of interest, a good starting point is an Open-Top Bus Tour, which leave regularly from Waverley Bridge and your ticket lasts you all day so as you can hop on and off. This shows you what's on offer, and then you can decide what interests you the most from the Palace of Holyrood House, St Giles Cathedral to the Royal Yacht Britannia - with more shopping at Ocean Terminal where Britannia is moored.
At night, there are many scary tours of the old town, including the newest 'Mary King's Close' under the Royal Mile. These tours are all advertised up and down the Royal Mile with details of times and prices which can vary depending on the time of year you visit.
Of course, for children there is the world famous Edinburgh Zoo, Butterfly and Insect World and Dynamic Earth which are all informative and fun.
Attractions in West Lothian and Beyond
Not quite in West Lothian, but just one mile from the Park is the new International Climbing Arena with 'the only indoor covered climbs on natural rock in the world', Skyride - has to be seen to be believed,, or just to pop in for a coffee and marvel at such a wonderful building.
A further 3 miles down the road is the Royal Highland Showground, home of the famous Royal Highland Agricultural Show, Gardening Scotland and many more shows and exhibitions throughout the year.
A half hour motorway journey takes you to the Falkirk Wheel. the world's first rotating boat lift which links the Union Canal from Edinburgh to the Forth and Clyde Canal to Glasgow in the Millenium Link. Boat trips are available on the Wheel, advance booking is advisable at busy periods.
If you do not care to journey into Edinburgh, or maybe you have visited before, there is plenty to keep you busy around West Lothian from the shopping experiences of Livingston to the history of Linlithgow.
Linlithgow has the beautiful Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542 which overlooks the Loch, Annet House, a museum telling the story of Linlithgow with its attractive gardens and the Linlithgow Canal Centre with a small museum and boat trips on the canal throughout the summer. Also a good High Street with many interesting shops and fine restaurants and pubs.
Above Linlithgow, in the Bathgate Hills is Beecraigs Country Park with wooded trails, a fishery, play areas for children etc. There is also Cairnpapple Hill, a neolithic henge and Bronze Age burial site and Torphichen on the road over to Bathgate where the Bennie Museum tells the history of Bathgate.
East Calder, 2 miles away is handy for local amenities including a small Supermarket, Chemist, Doctor, Dentist, Post Office as well as Chinese Take-Away's, Fish and Chip Shop and Pubs.
Livingston is a further 3 miles away and has a late night Asda, Morrisons as well as the The Centre at Livingston with a large selection of shops undercover including Debenhams and Marks and Spencers, and the Designer Outlet with late night shopping, restaurants and cinema.
On your way into Edinburgh on the A8 is the Gyle Shopping Centre with Morrisons, Marks and Spencers and many other shops all with late night opening.
There is also a 24 hour Tesco en route to Edinburgh, past the Gyle, just off the A8 and also one just before the Forth Road Bridge at South Queensferry.
Also, just a short trip round the City Bypass on the A701 to Penicuik, you will find a large Ikea and Retail Park, and further on is Rosslyn Chapel.
In Edinburgh, you will find many shops to keep you happy, including Jenners, a wonderful traditional department store.
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This page was last updated: 05 November 2012