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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 and picnic areas with seating. West Lothian Leisure operate the golf course, driving range and Visitor Centre within the Park.

Polkemmet Country Park 

As the historic home of the Baillie family, Polkemmet was once a thriving estate which boasted the grand Polkemmet House and amenities including stables, tennis courts and a golf course.  In the last hundred years, the estate has been utilised for many different things, including for the war effort, and as a home for the Trefoil School. The Country Park was opened in 1981, and remnants of Polkemmet's rich history can still be seen in the Park today. The River Almond runs through the entire length of the Park and there are over 6.5km of trails, including the Blue and Red waymarked routes. 

Visitor Centre

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 and driving range within the park. 

Polkemmet aerial view

Know the code before you go - Scottish Outdoor Access Code (opens new window)

Opening Hours

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

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

2 Star Visitor Attraction - new

Accessibility Guide

Awards and Recognition

Polkemmet Country Park has been scored by Visitscotland as a 2 star Visitor Attraction scoring 70%.

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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 (opens new window).
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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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Polkemmet location and parking
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Have you ever wanted to be more involved at Polkemmet Country Park? We have a list of tasks planned for our 'Friends' group, who are passionate about their environment and local green spaces and want to get involved in conservation volunteering and improving your Park.