Ranger Service

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


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.

Closed

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.

Open

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.


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. 

Customer Satisfaction and Feedback Survey
Please help us to improve our service to you by completing our survey - Park & Woodland Ranger Service Consultation 2020


Ranger Events Programme 

  • All Ranger Events are cancelled until further notice

Ranger Service Costs 2020/21 Ranger Service

  • Standard booking/activity charge of up to 1.5hours maximum. Adult £4.20 & Child £2.90 per head
  • Classroom Based Presentation (not activity) - £28.80
  • Activity based at school up to 1 1/2 hours maximum - £2.90 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).


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:


Contact details for the Ranger Service are:-

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