Visit Livingston and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland's fourth New Town, was designated in 1962 with an area of 6,700 acres. It lies 15 miles from Edinburgh and 30 miles from Glasgow on the M8 Motorway between the two cities and at the hub of Central Scotland's road system, the focal point of an 80 square mile region and the centre of a network of major roads.
In 1962 the population of the designated area was about 2,000, most of it in one community, and there was little employment apart from farming. By 1973 the population had reached 20,000, and in 2001 the census showed the population of the town was 50,826.
A basic requirement of the New Town was that it should take a large proportion of the Glasgow “overspill”. Under the Glasgow 20-year redevelopment scheme for sub-standard property, it was estimated that 100,000 families would be displaced and only some 40,000 rehoused there; moreover by 1965 there would be a need for 1,000 more houses a year outside Glasgow than the three other New Towns and other communities could accommodate — hence Livingston, with 80 per cent of its population coming from Glasgow.
Livingston has two noteworthy original features, one concerning its churches and the other its street-naming. Designated as an “area of ecumenical experiment”, the participating churches — the Church of Scotland and the Episcopal, Congregational, and Methodist Churches — undertook to plan together and share whatever church buildings were required. The first church was erected by the Church of Scotland, and the second by the Scottish Episcopal Church; the Congregationalists were in 1973 preparing to build the third. The Roman Catholic and Baptist Churches, the Free Church of Scotland, and the Salvation Army are also active. The street-naming system makes it simple to find any address, in any of the four districts of the town. Thus in Howden East all streets are “avenues” with Canadian names such as “Toronto Avenue”; in Craigs hill West they are “streets” with Australian names; in Almond West Scottish loch names are used for “walks”; in Almond East we find Scottish rivers and “drives”; and in Almond South the writers come into their own with “courts”, such as Burns Court.
Nearby cities: Edinburgh
Nearby towns: Balerno, Bathgate, Broxburn, Currie, Linlithgow, Queensferry
Nearby villages: Addiewell, Blackburn, Bridgend, Dechmont, East Calder, Ecclesmachan, Kirkliston, Kirknewton, Mid Calder, Newbridge, Polbeth, Pumpherston, Seafield, Stoneyburn, Uphall, Uphall Station, West Calder, Winchburgh
Have you decided to visit Livingston or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Livingston bed and breakfast (a Livingston B&B or Livingston b and b)
- a Livingston guesthouse
- a Livingston hotel (or motel)
- a Livingston self-catering establishment, or
- other Livingston accommodation