The Location

Beecraigs Country Park is in the high ground between Bathgate and Linlithgow.

What's there

As well as good, dog friendly woodland walks, Beecraigs has a visitor centre with a cafe and toilets, a children's play area, BBQ areas and an animal attraction.

How to get there

For Satnav, the nearest postcode is EH49 6PL.
From the M8, turn off at Junction 3 and head north, back over the motorway on the A899 signposted for Broxburn. Go straight over the next roundabout on the Broxburn road, then turn left at the 'T' junction which is signposted for Beecraigs. Take the next right up Burnhouse road, and follow this road for about 5 miles until you see a left turn, again signposted for Beecraigs. Turn left again and you will come to the car parks. There are several car parks, but the suggested one is by the Deer Farm.

The Walk

There is a wean of walking alternatives within Beecraigs country park. You can see a map of this suggested route here, but lots of other options are available.
From the Deer Farm car park, follow the roadway through the farm, and along for about 100 yards, then turn right down hill to the loch. Follow the path over the loch dam then clockwise around the loch. The pathway eventually leaves the loch, and heads toward the road again. Cross over the road and through the car park on the other side. Take the short path that runs down parallel to the road until you see a trackway heading west through the forest. Take this track and follow it for about half a mile until you come to another car park. Turn right up through the car park until you come to the children's play area.

Turn right again and follow the pathway below the play area, right back through the forest again. This path eventually brings you back to the roadway, where you cross over and back to the deer farm.

Beecraigs loch

History

Beecraigs loch was built in 1914 by German POWs, so it is really a reservoir. It provided the water supply for the surrounding area for much of the 20th century, but these days it is just a fishing loch. The Germans did not appear to work very hard, as they were still working on the dam in 1918, when conscientious objectors took over the work and completed it.

Facilities on this Walk

Cafe nearby
Poo bins available
Toilets available

Walks Near Here

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