Addiewell Bing

To the north of West Calder lies this former oil-shale bing, which now supports valuable wildlife habitat, including woodland, scrub and flower-rich grassland. It is a good example of how a post-industrial site can be transformed into a haven for wildlife.  

A path runs through the reserve.

Common juniper © Guttorm Flatabo

Why visit?

  • Woodland birds
  • Flower-rich woodland walk
  • View of the Five Sisters

Best time to visit?

  • Mar to Jun for breeding birds
  • Jun and Jul for wildflowers

Visit for:

  • Scenery
  • Wildflowers
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


From West Calder take the B792 towards Blackburn. After about 1 mile you will find Addiewell Bing on the right (north) of the B792.

Getting onto the reserve

Addiewell Bing lies north of the B792. There is a stile into the reserve at the south west corner of the reserve, about 200 metres east of the village of Addiewell. 0.5 miles to the east of this stile there is another stile (next to a field gate).

Parking is limited to a small area for about two vehicles in front of the entrance gate off the B792.

Getting round this reserve

A path runs through the reserve between the two access stiles off the B792. It is recommended that visitors wear footwear with a good grip suitable for the wet, muddy and uneven ground encountered on the reserve.


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