Runrig Loch Lomond
The Runrig farming system was once common system of land tenure across Scotland, especially in the Highlands. It was a fair system that sustained large populations in an adverse climate. So why did it end? By James McKean Runrig, sometimes referred to as rig-a-rendal, was a form of rotational land tenure that once dominated farmlands in the Scottish Highlands and Islands,...
St Andrews Day Banner
The 30th of November marks St. Andrew’s Day in Scotland, a saint’s day that celebrates the life of the Nation’s patron saint, Andrew the Apostle. Despite being held in such reverie in Scotland, little is known about the life of St. Andrew, besides the following key facts: Andrew was one of Jesus’s original 12 apostles alongside his brother, Saint...
Electric Brae
Electric Brae- It has attracted visitors from far and wide, including US presidents. Stop your car, release the handbrake and get the very odd sensation of starting to roll uphill. Over time, this oddity made Croy Brae hill famous, though under its more usually applied name of Electric Brae, a name first given by someone who presumably thought that...
Cathkin view
Cathkin Park was once the home of the now defunct Third Lanark F.C, and was, at large, the epicentre of Scottish football in the late 19th century. Third Lanark were once as prominent as Celtic and Rangers, who spent much of their career in the premier division and even won the Scottish Cup twice; while their 20,000-capacity grounds, originally...
Welcome to Bathgate
Bathgate Community Council is continuing its good work in the town, despite the challenges of the ongoing Covid lockdown. Normally, members would meet once a month on the second Thursday of each month in the Partnership Centre in Bathgate but because of restrictions meetings have instead been held online via Zoom. Despite these challenges, in collaboration with the Bennie Museum, members...
Bathgate St Davids Square
Despite numerous appeals, Police Scotland continue to receive complaints about parking in the precinct at Bathgate. Speaking on social media, West Lothian Police have asked that people park in Bathgate with more thought for pedestrians. ''It is very clear that this issue causes great annoyance to local people and other users of the precinct. Please remember that people (including young children) are...
FIONA Hyslop
More than 5447 children across West Lothian will benefit from extra funding to extend free school meals over the Christmas and Easter holidays. £10 million has been made available by the SNP Government so that councils can continue providing free school meals through the winter breaks with future funding confirmed to extend support over Easter. Last week, Conservative MPs voted rejected...
police scotland
Police Scotland is supporting local communities across West Lothian with a range of specialist resources to keep people safe around Bonfire Night. Operation Moonbeam was launched in 2018 in response to high levels of public disorder and violence witnessed during the same period a year earlier. This resulted in lower levels of disorder in 2018 and 2019 and similar resources will...
Royal Mile Drinking outside
A walk down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh today highlighted the confusion and inconsistencies caused by the Scottish Government's new COVID restrictions imposed on Scotland's hospitality industry. Pubs and restaurants across the central belt of Scotland closed for the last time in at least two weeks at 18:00 yesterday. They will not reopen until 25th October at the earliest. There was...
Tyndrum
Four and a half weeks of endless exertion, nearly 300 mountaintops scaled, and finished with 48 hours of non-stop running - Donnie Campbell astounded runners everywhere by shattering the Munro running record by over a week. By Andrew Cook While Skye may be famously known for men called Donald wearing kilts instead of trousers, Skye-born Donnie Campbell has given the Isle...