Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and Updates

Updates on council services, latest news and information relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ranger Service

The West Lothian Council's Ranger Service has its office at Beecraigs Country Park and works across the district.


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.

BBQ

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.


Ranger Service

The Ranger Service together with the rest of the Parks & Woodland staff, provide invaluable skills, expertise and experience in the management of West Lothian's countryside. Ranger Service

Ranger Events Programme 

  • All Ranger Events are cancelled until further notice

Ranger Service Costs 2021/22 

  • Standard booking/activity charge of up to 1.5hours maximum. Adult £4.35 & Child £3.00 per head
  • Classroom Based Presentation (not activity) - £29.80
  • Activity based at school up to 1 1/2 hours maximum - £3.00 per head

If making a booking with the Rangers or arranging a visit, please discuss your requirements in advance. Prices can change according to the nature of the activity. Got a question for or need some advice from the Ranger Service, then get in touch and the Rangers will do their best to help.

Events and activities run throughout the year and provide interest to people of all ages and abilities. Contact us to book onto your preferred activity (please see contact details below).


Customer Satisfaction and Feedback Survey

Please help us to improve our service to you by completing our survey - Parks & Woodland Ranger Service Survey


The Ranger team will:

  • Encourage and assist visitors to enjoy West Lothian's countryside
  • Assist in the management of access across West Lothian
  • Provide interpretative facilities, lead/coordinate public events, presentations and children's activities and promote working with volunteers, community and partner organisations
  • Assist in managing the natural heritage enjoyed by visitors and enhancing biodiversity
  • Promote awareness and understanding of the natural environment

The Service will help you both to enjoy your visit and understand the needs of the countryside.

Volunteer

Check out the Friends of Almondell & Calderwood, Beecraigs and Polkemmet pages:

Ranger Service Contact Details

The Ranger team work from Beecraigs Country Park and can be contacted by email

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