Linhouse Glen

Situated south of Livingston, Linhouse Glen has a mixture of habitats, including heathland, native woodland on steep narrow slopes and species-rich grassland. The grassland provides cover and food for brown hares and bird species such as treecreeper, willow warbler and dipper may be seen or heard.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Wildflowers
  • Butterflies
  • Birdwatching

Best time to visit?

  • May to Aug for wildflowers
  • May to Aug for butterflies

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers
  • mammals

Other information

Uncommon plants, include greater butterfly-orchid and fragrant orchid, can also be found.

Take care when using the level crossing.


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How to get there


The reserve can be accessed from the A899 south from Junction 3 on the M8. At the roundabout, take the A71 west towards West Calder. Take the first turning on the left, then turn left again at the T-junction onto Murieston East Road. Take the fourth road on the left (Murieston Road). Just before a sharp right turn, turn left into a short section of road where you can park.

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Getting onto the reserve

From the parking area, walk through the gap next to a large metal gate. Follow the red cinder track to the right and across a wooden bridge for about 1.25 miles, until a path leads off to the right (NT074647) in the direction of the Linhouse Water. You will pass under the railway viaduct into the north eastern part of the reserve.
It is also possible to access the reserve by crossing the railway over a designated crossing point. Visitors are asked to take great care when using the crossing and ensure they follow all the advice shown on the signage.

Access restrictions

One of the access points into the reserve is via a footpath crossing over a railway track. Visitors are asked to take great care when using the crossing and ensure they follow all the advice shown on the signage. Visitors MUST use the designated crossing. It is an offence (not to mention extremely dangerous) to trespass anywhere else on the railway.

Nearest town
Livingston (3 mi / 4.8 km)
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About Linhouse Glen

Out & about

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Reserve map


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