Walk: Doffing the cap to Cockleroy

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


Cockleroy (Red Hat, or the King's hat) is an insignificant hill by most standards, but by Central Belt standards it happens to be one of the highest points. The summit offers outstanding and wide-ranging views over the Ochil Hills, Campsie Fells, West Highlands, Linlithgow (and its palace) and the Pentland Hills. There are faint earthworks belonging to an ancient fort, and it's said that Scottish knight William Wallace took rest in a a rock cavity ("Wallace's Bed") at the top - though, truth be told, he could have picked a more sheltered spot. The path from the nearby road is short and straightforward - alternatively, you could extend the route by starting from Beecraigs Country Park visitor centre.

[The summit offers great views of Linlithgow]

📌 Walk: Doffing the cap to Cockleroy ★★★
Start / finish at car park on minor road 2 mi south of Linlithgow, G.R.: NS 994742 ///notes.opened.jogged

▶ 1 km / <1 mi | ▲ 70 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: △ Cockleroy (278 m); Wallace's Bed
Terrain: Wide, surfaced path through forest for approach, with narrower alternatives. Grassy hill path with steeper gradient for final section.

Route & map

Car park - Cockleroy - return to start by outward route or similar

Route credit: Beecraigs Country Park
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On our visit

Wildlife: 2020 & 2016: robins and other small birds in the forest.
Weather: 2020: sunny with light winds, around freezing with fresh lying snow. 2016: sunny intervals, breezy, 8°C or so.

Chronological photo guide

[View from the approach]

[Short ascent to the summit]

[Cockleroy summit]

[Looking northeast towards Linlithgow & the Firth of Forth]

[Looking north]

[Looking northwest]

[Looking west]

[Summit from the north side]

[Alternative return route]


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