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Polkemmet Country Park, Whitburn
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Polkemmet Country Park is located west of the town of Whitburn in West Lothian, Scotland. It is adjacent to the M8 motorway, east of the "Heart of Scotland" services at Harthill. It was developed on the estate of Polkemmet House, a country house which was demolished in the 1960s. The estate was bought by West Lothian District Council in 1978, and the country park was opened to the public in 1981. The park covers, and is managed by West Lothian Council.HistoryThe family of Baillie purchased the Polkemmet estate in 1620, and built a country house here. In 1823, William Baillie was created a baronet, and extended the house. It remained in the Baillie family until the 1950s, although from the 1930s it was not occupied, after Sir Adrian Baillie, the 6th Baronet, moved his main residence to Leeds Castle in Kent. During the Second World War Polkemmet House was requisitioned, and used both as a war hospital and accommodation for Polish soldiers who had fled Nazi-occupied Poland to fight for Britain. Sir Adrian Baillie died in 1947 and was interred in the mausoleum within the estate.Following the war, Polkemmet House became a Trefoil School, run by the Girl Guides movement. It was officially opened as the Trefoil School on 25 September 1945 by HRH The Princess Elizabeth (now HM The Queen), who later became the school's patron. In 1951 the Trefoil School moved to Gogarburn outside Edinburgh. Polkemmet House was used by the Scottish Police College from 1951 until 1960, when the college moved to Tulliallan Castle in Fife. The house and estate were then sold to the National Coal Board (NCB), who operated extensive opencast mines in the surrounding area.
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  • Fantastic park with some lovely walks through the trees great kids adventure playground with activities for all ages including the big kids (large rope swing) also fetures old locomotive from polkemme...  more »
  • Great free afternoon with family. Lots of Parking. The area is great for young kids, but can get very busy on dry days at holidays/weekends etc. It was later in afternoon, so didn't think it was worth...  more »
  • It's very popular in the good weather, but for the size of the area the park is pretty small needs to be much bigger and a lot better with more things to do in it i.e. More play areas with more equipm...  more »
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  • Nice walks around the park (if a little muddy). The Golf course is good and the outside play area is great for kids with some decent swings etc. There is also a good cafe in the central courtyard of the main building.
  • Brilliant kids area, some nice looking walks but it started to rain so we went for a coffee instead.t he wee coffee was really good and the staff were very friendly.
  • Played golf a few times there. Good course but quite wet under foot. Great value for money. It was under a tenner for 9 holes and we got another 9 included because we played before noon. A good, well managed community country park.
  • Great nine hole golf course, driving range, children's playground, owl centre and lovely wooded and riverside trail. Nice picnic area.
  • The play area is great, but the walks around the golf course are plain and quite boring