Take a break from the Lang Whang to picnic beside a burn


Pack a picnic and head for Camilty

Camilty Forest straddles the Lang Whang, the A70 road between Edinburgh and Ayr. The road’s name comes from a Scots word for a leather strap or bootlace, and at this point the bootlace is draped over wild, open moorland. The wood offers some welcome shelter, with an open grassy area next to the Crosswood burn, just by the car park, that’s great for picnics.

You’re welcome to explore the informal paths in the forest. They can be muddy and uneven, and there are short moderate to steep slopes.

Parking Walking

Life’s essentials

There are shops and places to eat in West Calder, about 3 ¾ miles (6 km) away, and Livingston (6 miles / 9.6 km). The nearest public toilets are in West Calder.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Five Sisters House, Five Sisters Business Park, West Calder

Postcode: EH55 8PN

Telephone: 0300 067 6700


How to get here

The car park is on the north side of the A70 about 700 yards (650 metres) north of the junction with the B7008 from West Calder. The grid reference is NT 058 586.

Using SatNav?

EH55 8LR is the nearest postcode. It’s at Crosswood reservoir, about ¾ mile (1.2 km) to the south.

Nearby places

There’s another forest near Livingston at Selm Muir, and a pretty woodland full of wildlife at Lord Ancrum’s Wood, near Dalkeith.

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