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.

Country Parks - Level 4 Information

From Tuesday 5 January 2021, mainland Scotland moved from Level 4 to a temporary lockdown for the month of January 2021, with new guidance to stay at home except for essential purposes.


The Visitor Centres at Beecraigs Country Park and Almondell & Calderwood Country Park are now closed as is the Beecraigs Caravan & Camping Site and the Secure Dog Area at Beecraigs.


The outdoor areas at Beecraigs, Almondell & Calderwood and Polkemmet Country Parks remain open to enable exercise and recreation to be undertaken with appropriate physical distancing in place, but should only be visited in line with travel restrictions. When visiting the outdoors during the coronavirus outbreak it is essential to comply with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Public Toilets

Public toilets are open at Polkemmet Country Park and at Balvormie within Beecraigs Country Park. It is not possible at this time to open the public toilets within Almondell & Calderwood Country Park.

The Hideaway Café

The Hideaway café at Beecraigs is also closed, please go to their facebook page for details.

West Lothian Leisure Golf and Driving Range

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

Visiting the Country Parks

Guidance on stay at home regulations came into effect on 5 January 2021 Scottish Government - Stay at home guidance where advice is to travel no further than you need to reach to a safe, non-crowded place to exercise in a socially distanced way. 

To minimise the risk of spread of coronavirus it is crucial that unnecessary travel is avoided. Up to 2 people from 2 separate households can meet outdoors for sport, exercise or social interaction. Children under 12 do not count towards households or numbers when meeting outside; children under 12 do not need to maintain physical distance from others indoors or outdoors. The members of an individual or extended household can meet outdoors for sport, exercise or social interaction.

Please help us by following Scottish Government guidelines.

  • Carefully plan your trip to any of West Lothian's countryside locations ensuring that you follow guidance, only visit if you can within the existing travel restrictions - stay local to where you live please.
  • Please enjoy your visit safely and responsibly - help us to continue to provide our Country Park facilities by planning ahead taking account of the winter weather conditions, avoid busy places, use alternative surfaced paths rather than overused muddy paths and take away/bin all of your litter please. For further advice checkout the Rangers Guide to responsible access.
  • Please ensure you continue to follow current NHS Inform and Scottish Government. If some locations are busy when you arrive, please consider visiting an alternative site that is less busy.

For further government guidance on how the latest restrictions affect the tourism and hospitality sector go to Scottish Government Tourism and Hospitality Sector Guidance.

Welcome to Polkemmet Country Park - introductory video

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.

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 2020

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.