Bob Law: A Cycling Trip Around West Lothian

Traversing Big Bing Country
West Lothian is a  great place to go for a day’s cycling… or walking. The area is mainly livestock, arable farming, or oil-seed fields looking wonderful in May but the scenery is magnificent year round.
Honeybees and Flies over the Oilseed Fields
You will find several small hills and red shale bings providing excellent and unique views from their summits. Nothing else like this exists in Scotland, probably the UK.
Beecraigs Country Park, with several car parks within it probably makes the best base if driving there… or you can cycle from Edinburgh if fit.  Rolling ridges and a rising upland plateau make for sometimes tough but continuously interesting cycling,
Niddry Castle and Bing from Above
There is a myriad of quiet minor roads to play on and allow you to make it easier by picking flatter routes.  These often run from west to east, along the various ridge-lines.
The Beauty of a Shale Oil Bing. Winchburgh's Heritage Treasure
You will find a landscape similar to Renfrewshire with undulating hills and pleasant valleys. It is, however, drier making it possible to grow numerous patchwork-quilt fields of rape seed oil with its distinctive yellow flowers.

Red, green and gold – The colours of West Lothian.

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