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Polkemmet Country Park

Polkemmet Country Park is a popular 68 hectare (168 acre) visitor attraction near Whitburn. The Park offers beautiful woodland and riverside walks, play area, picnic areas with seating and a barbecue facility. West Lothian Leisure operate the golf course, driving range and Visitor Centre within the Park.

From Monday 9 August 2021, West Lothian moved to Beyond Level 0.

It is important that before you travel you understand what restrictions may be in place for where you are travelling from and where you are travelling to.

Visitor Centres, Public Toilets, Hideaway Café, Polkemmet Café

All are open.  Visitors must continue to wear face coverings when entering public buildings (unless you have an exemption), must keep a 1metre social distance, avoiding crowded places.  Some services within the Country Parks continue to be provided at reduced levels and with mitigation in place.  Please adhere to all mitigation and current Scottish Government guidance

Beecraigs Caravan & Camping Site

Reduced capacity and on site mitigation measures including taking customers details for Test & Protect remain in place. By booking onto the site, customers are agreeing to adhere to the site standards, terms & conditions due to Covid19 and terms & conditions for use of Little Lodges.


A limited number of BBQ sessions for an agreed number of persons will be available to hire at Almondell & Calderwood and Beecraigs Country Parks. Revised session times are 10:00-13:30 and 13:45-17:15 ; evening BBQs are currently not available. Polkemmet BBQs will remain closed for now. Please contact the respective Visitor Centre to enquire on availability.

Room Hire

Room hire is available at Almondell Visitor Centre, in accordance with current guidance.

West Lothian Leisure Golf and Driving Range

For information on the West Lothian Leisure golf and driving range facilities, please check their website

Visiting West Lothian's Country Parks

Please be considerate to staff working at our sites who are trying to help keep you and themselves safe. Help us by carefully planning your trip in advance, check that your activities are permissible in the area you are visiting, follow on site advice, park responsibly and if some locations are busy when you arrive please consider visiting an alternative location, use alternative surfaced paths rather than overused muddy paths, and please take your litter home with you.

For further advice, checkout the Rangers Guide to responsible access.

Welcome to Polkemmet Country Park

Country Park/Visitor Centre Polkemmet aerial view

The Visitor Centre within the old stable complex provides a warm welcome with information, advice, snacks and refreshments, as well as also being the point of access to the Scottish Owl Centre. The reception handles bookings for the golf, driving range and BBQs within the park.

Know the code before you go - Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Opening Hours

For opening times of the reception, please see Polkemmet Reception Opening Hours (details within West Lothian Leisure website - Golf in Polkemmet)

The Park is open throughout the year and admission is free. The Visitor Centre is closed on the 25 December and 26 December and 1 and 2 January.

Accessibility Guide

3 Star Visitor Attraction - newAwards and Recognition

Polkemmet Country Park has been recognised as a great place to visit through receiving Visit Scotland 3 star Visitor Attraction award.

Customer Satisfaction and Feedback Survey
Please help us to improve our service to you by completing our survey - Parks & Woodland Customer Evaluation

Within the Country Park

  • The Scottish Owl Centre, which opened on the 31 March 2012, is a very popular attraction. The Scottish Owl Centre has relocated from Campbeltown in Argyll to here in West Lothian - for further information go to Scottish Owl Centre.
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15 Bay Floodlit Driving Range.
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Challenging Par 37, 9 hole golf course.
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Adventure Play Area, Walking, Cycling and more.
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The Park offers beautiful woodland and riverside walks, picnic areas with seating and a barbeque facility. Whilst visiting the park why not have a barbeque with your group.
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Polkemmet location and parking
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Have you ever wanted to be more involved at Polkemmet Country Park? We will have a list of planned tasks for our 'Friends' who are passionate about their environment and green spaces and want to get involved in conservation volunteering, fund raising and improving your Park.

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