Walk: Cockleroy - off to Bed on the King's hat

West Lothian | Bathgate Hills | Short walk | ★★★


Cockleroy (the King's hat) is a piddling hill by most standards, but by Central Belt standards it happens to be one of the highest points. As well as excellent views over the Ochil Hills and Highlands beyond, Linlithgow (and its palace), Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat and the Pentland Hills, the summit incorporates a bronze-age fort. It's said that Scottish knight William Wallace took rest in a a rock cavity ("Wallace's Bed" - which we didn't spot) at the top here, although truth be told he could have picked a more sheltered neuk. The path from the nearby road is short and straightforward - alternatively, you could wander across from adjacent Beecraigs Country Park for a longer walk.

[The first part of the route passes through pleasant woodland]

📌 Walk: Cockleroy - off to Bed on the King's hat ★★★
Start / finish at car park on minor road 2 mi south of Linlithgow, G.R.: NS 994742 ///notes.opened.jogged

▶ 1 km / <1 mi | ▲ 60 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Summits: Cockleroy (278 m) | Features: Wallace's Bed
Terrain: Wide, surfaced path through forest for first half of outward route; grassy hill path uphill for second half.

Route & map

Car park - Cockleroy - return to start by outward route

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Robins and other small birds in the forest.
Weather: Good sunny intervals and breezy at the top, temperatures approaching double figures.

[You're spoilt for choice for views from the top - this is north to the Ochil Hills beyond the 23-arch Avon Viaduct]


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