Historic sites and archaeology
Experience West Lothian's rich heritage by visiting some of its historic sites.
- Hopetoun House (new window)
- House of the Binns (new window)
- Linlithgow Palace (new window)
- Torphichen Preceptory
- Peaceful churchyards and cemeteries
- Ancient churches
- Cairnpapple (new window)
For information about these and many more historic buildings and sites, visit the West Lothian Local History Library in County Buildings, Linlithgow. There you will find thousands of books, photos and maps about sites of interest, their archaeology, architecture, history and associations.
The archaeology of West Lothian is rich and varied. It ranges from prehistoric sites to 20th century industrial sites.
For information on archaeological sites, contact the West of Scotland Archaeological Service (WOSAS):
Tel. 0141 287 8330
An iPhone app is now available which allows the WoSAS SMR to be accessed on the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Like the existing desk-based map search, it allows users to access summary information on sites, monuments and archaeological events, with the benefit pf being able to view this data when on the move. The application is available for use at http://gis.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/mapsiOS/mapSMR.htm (new window) .
Alternatively, members of the public can access WoSAS Sites and Monuments Record data at the following website: http://www.wosas.net/search.php (new window).
For information on all historic buildings and sites in West Lothian, search the Canmore (new window) website, part of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). For advice on proposed planning or development of historic or listed buildings and sites, contact Ranald Dods, 01506 282413.
Cemeteries and churchyards
If you have an enquiry relating to burials after 1855, you should contact the Council's Cemeteries Service.
If you have an enquiry relating to burials before 1855, contact the West Lothian Local History Library.