Welcome to Visit Bathgate Places
The Walkfo guide to things to do & explore in Bathgate

Visit Bathgate PlacesVisit Bathgate places using Walkfo for free guided tours of the best Bathgate places to visit. A unique way to experience Bathgate’s places, Walkfo allows you to explore Bathgate as you would a museum or art gallery with audio guides.

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Bathgate (Scots: Bathket or Bathkit, Scottish Gaelic: Both Chèit) is a town in West Lothian, Scotland, 5 miles (8 km) west of Livingston and adjacent to the M8 motorway. Situated 2 miles (3 km) south of the ancient Neolithic burial site at Cairnpapple Hill. When you visit Bathgate, Walkfo brings Bathgate places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Bathgate Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Bathgate

Visit Bathgate – Walkfo’s stats for the places to visit

With 18 audio plaques & Bathgate places for you to explore in the Bathgate area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Bathgate places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Bathgate history

Medieval (c1100–1500)

Bathgate Medieval (c1100–1500) photo

Bathgate first enters the chronicles of history in a confirmation charter by King Malcolm IV of Scotland (1141 – 9 December 1165) In royal charters of the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, the name of Bathgate has appeared as: Bathchet (1160), Bathket (1250) and Bathgetum (1316) Bathcat is a “manifest corruption” of an earlier Cumbric name meaning ‘Boar Wood’ (cf. Welsh baedd coed)

17th–18th centuries

Bathgate 17th–18th centuries photo

In 1606 silver ore was found at nearby ZHilderston, in the shadow of Cairnpapple Hill, by a prospecting collier. This accidental discovery began a short-lived crown “project” in the area. Advisers to King James VI of Scotland became aware of the discovery and repossessed the land for the crown.

19th century

Bathgate 19th century photo

Glenmavis Distillery in Bathgate was purchased in 1831 by John McNab. In 1885, the distillery was producing 80,000 gallons of single malt a year which was transported to Scotland, England and the colonies. Bathgate Academy was built by the Edinburgh architects R & R Dickson.

20th century

Bathgate 20th century photo

The Bathgate-Edinburgh railway line was re-opened to passengers for the first time since the 1950s. The world’s oldest known reptile fossil, Westlothiana lizziae, was discovered in East Kirkton Quarry, Bathgate in 1987. Notable Bathgate residents have included Debbie Geddes, Stephen Gallacher, Bernard Gallagher, former captain of the Ryder Cup Team, David Tennant and Sir James Young Simpson.

Bathgate culture & places

Land art

Part of the M8 Art Project saw the artist Patricia Leighton’s ‘Sawtooth Ramps’ project being built in 1993, now more commonly referred to as the Pyramids. The sculpture is 1,000 feet (300 m) long and consists of seven 36-foot (11 m) high ramps.


Bathgate was home to rock band Goodbye Mr Mackenzie in the 1980s and 1990s. It was a success of the local college’s Music Industry course.

Why visit Bathgate with Walkfo Travel Guide App?

Visit Bathgate PlacesYou can visit Bathgate places with Walkfo Bathgate to hear history at Bathgate’s places whilst walking around using the free digital tour app. Walkfo Bathgate has 18 places to visit in our interactive Bathgate map, with amazing history, culture & travel facts you can explore the same way you would at a museum or art gallery with information audio headset. With Walkfo, you can travel by foot, bike or bus throughout Bathgate, being in the moment, without digital distraction or limits to a specific walking route. Our historic audio walks, National Trust interactive audio experiences, digital tour guides for English Heritage locations are available at Bathgate places, with a AI tour guide to help you get the best from a visit to Bathgate & the surrounding areas.

“Curated content for millions of locations across the UK, with 18 audio facts unique to Bathgate places in an interactive Bathgate map you can explore.”

Walkfo: Visit Bathgate Places Map
18 tourist, history, culture & geography spots


  Bathgate historic spots

  Bathgate tourist destinations

  Bathgate plaques

  Bathgate geographic features

Walkfo Bathgate tourism map key: places to see & visit like National Trust sites, Blue Plaques, English Heritage locations & top tourist destinations in Bathgate


Best Bathgate places to visit

Bathgate has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Bathgate’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Bathgate’s information audio spots:

Bathgate photo Bridge Castle
Bridge Castle is an L-plan castle dating from the 16th century. It is located 3 miles (4.8 km) north west of Bathgate in West Lothian, Scotland. The former name of the castle was Little Brighouse.
Bathgate photo Pyramids (Bathgate)
The Pyramids are a land sculpture alongside the M8 motorway at Bathgate. The sculpture was created by artist Patricia Leighton in 1993. It is 1,000 feet (300 m) long and consists of seven 36-foot (11 m) high ramps.
Bathgate photo Cairnpapple Hill
Cairnpapple Hill is a hill with a dominating position in central lowland Scotland with views from coast to coast. It was used and re-used as a major ritual site over about 4000 years. The summit lies 312 m above sea level, and is about 2 miles (3 km) north of Bathgate.

Visit Bathgate plaques

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Bathgate has 0 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Bathgate plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Bathgate using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Bathgate plaque. Currently No Physical Plaques.