The SpaceIllieston Castle and the land around it was once a former Royal hunting seat and visited often by the Stuart Kings (James II & James III) of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries having riden out from their Scottish Court at nearby magnificent Linlithgow Palace.
Illieston was restored and altered in the mid 1850's (when owned by the Hopes of famous Hopetoun House nearby). Our family in recent years, as the current custodians, has carried out some alterations and repairs with restoration ongoing. Illieston is said to be the longest continually inhabited home in the area.
The first floor boasts lovely views and is exclusively yours, ideally suits a couple in a main bedroom with king size bed and a few steps away is the slightly rustic bathroom (large bath and shower over) with 1950's retro styling. If requested, we would be delighted to set up a sofa bed and/or a cot to accommodate an additional 1 person/child.
Freshly prepared Scottish cooked breakfast is served downstairs in the dining room/living room with a cosy wood burning stove (on in winter months) which is YOUR additional indoor space whilst you stay with us. We will ask you the night before to decide on the time that best suits you and your travelling plans.
Guests are most welcome to all our books, maps and guides resources we have in the library cabinet and on the tables to help plan/research and gain the most from being in Scotland and Edinburgh.
Guests are free to roam and explore the grounds at their leisure; walk the river bank in the valley below (but take care as the river can be a torrent at times).
Herons, Buzzards even the rare Kingfisher can be spotted. Deer, hares, badgers and foxes although reclusive, are a joy to encounter.
The magnificent 'Almond Aquaduct' spanning the river suspending a loft the Union Canal and tow path is really worth seeing and is just 15 minutes walk away (please see photos). Guest AccessGuests will have access to the entire first floor and can use the main door and dining room/living room on ground floor and access their very own floor of the castle via the spiral staircase.
Designated parking for up to 3 cars is available and pets to stay in the utility room on ground floor.
Fishing in our beat on the river below or on local trout lochs or resevoirs are available. You can go boating on the canal and this can be arranged in advance.
Outdoor 'garden sports' are free and available for our guests and we encourage them to play! Table tennis, badminton, croquet, and for the younger ones there is a trampoline, sandpit, climbing frame slide and swing. Interaction with GuestsWe will be able to greet guests and be on hand to help in any way; including logistics and creative itinerary planning!
We can access good rates for taxis and knowledgeable drivers.
We have some lovely restaurants and enjoyable things to do nearby to recommend. The NeighborhoodWe have very friendly neighbours in the steadings development, working farm and livery nearby. We are in countryside with the river Almond surrounding us in open and wooded landscape with the Pentland hills rising in the south. Livingston provides great shopping and excellent services and the historical towns of Linlithgow and South Queensferry are all on the door step.
Please take a look at our 'Guidebook' for more things to see and do in the neigbourhood.
We have a good selection of restaurants in the neighbourhood and below is a list of just some worth discovering:-
The Bridge Inn, Ratho. A sensational gastro pub and inviting local Inn, recently refurbished to a high standard. Enroute off the canal into Edinburgh. Just 10 minutes from Illieston by car (see contact details in the 'Guidebook'.
Wagamamas which is a japanese restaurant that you might like; INFO : (website hidden)
Wagamama - Livingston, The Avenue, The Elements Shopping Centre, Livingston, The Centre, Livingston, West Lothian EH(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Toni Macaroni is an italian restaurant which is also a nice place to dine (URL HIDDEN) hidden)
Almondvale Phase 3, The Centre, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6HR
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The Hawes Inn is one of our favourite and has a beatiful view towards the famous forth rail (URL HIDDEN) hidden)
7 Newhalls Road, South Queensferry EH30 9TA
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The Gurkah Kitchen is an exotic cuisine of both nepalese and indian (URL HIDDEN) hidden)
53 Main Street, Broxburn EH52 5EE
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Pizza express is a great restaurant which has delicious italian food and is very close to the cinema( (website hidden))if you ever want to see (URL HIDDEN) hidden)
Unit 2, Livingston Designer Outlet, McArthur Glen Design Outlet Centre, Almondvale, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6QX
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These are the restaurants we recommend but if you would like to discover more visit :
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Also pizza express and wagamamas are in the livingston shopping mall (the biggest one in scotland), and here there are many more restaurants and shops too. If you wish to, you could discover (email hidden) and (website hidden). thanks again Getting AroundBY CAR:-
We are easily accessable by car form Edinburgh on the A8 to Newbridge Junction. M9/Edinburgh bypass A720 or from the M8 at Livingston or A89 near Broxburn.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:-
We have Uphall railway train station close by (10mins away) with regular trains to Edinburgh and Glasgow. FREE PARKING. (Frequency every 20 mins taking 16 mins to Waverley central Edinburgh).
The new Tram service (visit:Edinburgh Trams) goes to the Airport and the tram stop at INGLISTON Park & Ride with FREE PARKING.
( It literally is "the station in the field" and I'm sure you'll never encounter an other one on your travels). The service connects to a number of city centre halts and this is another good access point to and from Illieston. Trams leave and arrive every few minutes. (25 mins journey time to city centre and enjoy free WiFi, smooth and a good viewing ride.
The Union Canal (linking the Clyde and Forth and Glasgow with Edinburgh) is close by with a tow path / cycle way to Linlithgow and Edinburgh. So you can reach us by canoe, bicyle or even take a canal narrow boat! Other Things to NoteAt Muirend Cottage you will turn left taking the final 1/2 mile shared single track road with passing places. PLEASE drive with care and be aware of horses, children and dogs walking and kindly use passing places where possible and keep your speed down to less than 20mph please. THANK YOU!
Given 24 hours notice, a two course meal can be prepared that we will served at the same time as the family or later privately in your dining/sitting room we can serve tasty pizzas with salad for £6 per person.
We try to do our bit for the environment and displace fossil fuels where possible and save on energy consumption. We therefore operate a biomass boiler with a solar thermal heating system (our hot water is mostly generated each day from sustainable Scottish wood pellets and wood logs gathered by us from our local woodland).
We encourage guests to enjoy piping hot baths in the evenings as we store the water overnight in a thermal store which suits showers in the mornings rather than baths (due to overnight heat loss). If however, you prefer a wood-fired bath in the morning, just let us know and we can recharge the boiler for a 60 degree boost at dawn!