West Lothian - The Delicious Mix of Peace and Tradition of West Lothian
Formerly known as Linlithgowshire or as the County of Linlithgow, West Lothian is one of the thirty two council unitary areas that comprise the country of Scotland. Its name derives from the Gaelic Lodainn an Iar and it represents the western division of the ancient Scottish province of Lothian.
West Lothian is also a lieutenancy area and is bounded by the Firth of Forth to the north, by the county of Edinburgh to the east and south-east, by Lanarkshire to the south-west and by the county of Stirling to the west.
The county is washed by the river Avon and Almond and consists of twelve parishes and two royal burghs. Of the royal burghs that belong to West Lothian, the county-town of Linlithgow is the main one in the region. The county also houses a few other burghs and many small towns and thriving villages.
At its beginnings, like so many other counties of Scotland, the county of West Lothian was occupied by the Romans. After their dominance over the region finished, a vast number of people from the Cantyre area moved into the county. These emigrants came from the Irish coast and had settled down in Cantyre at the time.
Then, around the year 971 AD, after Kenneth II united both the Pict and the Scottish kingdom under his rule, all the regions became identified with the Scots.
About its economy, even if it doesn’t look like it, the county’s main commerce is the export of coal. The county also mines other minerals like limestone, freestone and ironstone. Other main contributors to the economic stability of the region are the salt and shoe industries as well.
Tourism is an area in which West Lothian has placed much of its attention since the county has a rich heritage that still survives in the present. It was the place of birth of Mary, Queen of Scots; it sports some of the finest stately homes in the country and marks the origin of many clans and families nationwide.
And nowadays, thanks to both this strong historical heritage and to the vast and gentle geography that composes it, West Lothian represents one of the favorite travelling spots for both tourists and locals alike. And it makes perfect sense once you realize that you can have both a great experience being in contact with nature, as well as the benefits of a modern society brimming with tradition.
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