Frequently Asked Questions

When can we arrive/leave?


The cottage will be available from 3pm on the day of your arrival, please let us know if you will arrive after 10pm. You should vacate the cottage  by 10am on your leaving date. 

Please contact us if you have any particular requirements and we will be happy to discuss them.

Is the cottage child-friendly?


We welcome children of all ages.

Important: the garden is not enclosed, it is wild and interesting in places, but because of that has lots of potential 'hazards' for inquisitive young children including a large wildlife pond. 

Is the cottage accessible?


The accommodation is all on a single floor.  Parking is available next to the front entrance, which has two low steps. But  unfortunately, due to the age of the building, this door is not wide enough for a standard sized wheelchair. 

Please email us if you have specific questions and we will be happy to answer them.

Do you charge any Extras?


Fuel bills are included. We do not charge extras but significant damage or breakages will incur appropriate charge. 

Our full terms and conditions are available via the 'policies' tab, above.

Is there secure storage?


We can provide secure storage for bikes, golf clubs, fishing tackle or other equipment. 

Do we need a car?


The nearest public transport is 3 miles away at Livingston South train station. The final couple of miles to the house are single track road with no pavements or street lighting.

There are a number good local taxi services.

Most people would think a car necessary for their stay. 

Frequently asked questions

Where can we eat out?

We provide a list of local restaurants and take aways in the cottage information pack.

Nearest takeaways are from Murieston (10mins). Harburn Golf Club has a bar and offers meals. Livingston has a large selection of restuarants including Nando's, Wagamama, Pizza Express.

There are very good independent restaurants in the local area. 

Edinburgh and Glasgow have everything from Michelin star restaurants to street food!

Where can I buy groceries?

There is a small Co-op store in Murieston, next to Livingston South train station (10mins drive). 

Livingston has Sainsbury, Morrisons, Asda, Lidl, Aldi and M&S.

Some supermarkets offer online delivery service.

What is there in Livingston?

The large town of Livingston is just 10 minutes drive away. It is has excellent shopping and recreation facilities including:

MacArthur Glen outlet centre and Almondvale retail centre; indoor mini-golf; trampoline park; swimming pools & gyms; multiplex cinema; bowling and more. 

There are several supermarkets and restaurants.

What is there in West Lothian?

West Lothian sits between Edinburgh and Glasgow in the 'central belt' of Scotland. 

The region has numerous attractions including: The Kelpies; The Falkirk Wheel; Scottish Owl Centre; Five Sisters Zoo; the Bo-ness Steam railway.

We also have Beecraigs and Almondvale country parks and several other beautiful areas for walking and cycling. A number of local  businesses offer fishing, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding and other outdoor activities.

West Lothian is known as the cycling capital of Scotland and there are great opportunities for road and off-road cycling.

How do I get to Edinburgh?


Livingston has two train stations: South  and North. Both stations have a frequent service to Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can drive or take a taxi to/from the stations: 10mins to South & 15/20 mins to North.

The train to Edinburgh takes from 20 to 30mins depending on which service you choose. 

You can be in the centre of Edinburgh by train within 30mins of leaving the cottage.


Drive into central Edinburgh in around 35 minutes -but daytime parking  is very expensive. Alternatively drive to the free Park and Ride at Ingliston (Edinburgh Airport) for tram or bus, or at Riccarton for the bus. 

How do I get to Glasgow?


Livingston North and South stations both have services to and from Glasgow

The train to Glasgow takes from 45 to 60mins depending on which service you choose. 


Drive into central Glasgow in about 45 minutes using the M8 motorway. 

Parking is less expensive than Edinburgh, but there are no Park and Ride facilities on this side of the city.