Polkemmet Country Park, Whitburn

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Polkemmet Country Park is located west of the town of Whitburn in West Lothian, Scotland and is a 3 star Visitor Attraction (Visitscotland). 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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  • Take dogs walk here surprised how big it is. Have took kids to park here nice but could have improved  more »
  • Polkemmet is a firm favorite of ours. Then play area for the children is good and has slides, swings, climbing frames and even a sand pit (when the weather is good). The cage also serves nice freshly ...  more »
  • We were there in December after it had snowed the night before. walk around this park submerged by the snow was really fascinating and exciting! If you are nearby which were dedicated to him a little of your time!
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  • I came here with 3 toddlers (ages 2.5y, 3 and 17 months) and there was plenty for them all to do. We went to the owl sanctuary first, went for lunch then a play in the park. Such a brilliant day out. The only negative was the slow service in the café but that was due to it being a holiday so it was super busy. Definitely recommend it, reasonably priced food and the owl sanctuary is free for under 3's.
  • Kids had a great time and the adults too! There is a huge play park, plenty of walk ways and an owl centre just to top it off. Grab a picnic and make a day of it (weather permitting). Ample free parking bays also.
  • Lovely walks available for my dogs. Cafe has lovely food and the owl centre is fantastic, not to expensive either
  • Great Park excellent playground and offers driving range and golf course. Woodland walks around the park and a small but pricy coffee shop. It also has a bbq area. Recommend taking your own juice and snacks as the shop can be pricy.
  • Nice location for the day out with whole family. Really great playground, caffee, public toilet. There is even some paths aroud for walks with some very interesting trees . But if you wood lover like i am the wood around is NOT most beautifu i have seen 😉
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