Living in the Central Belt – West Lothian - Bathgate

Do you work in either Edinburgh or Glasgow? But can’t afford to live there? That, of course, is the major issue with large cities and, in particular, cities such as Edinburgh where there has been such a boom in housing needs, widespread redevelopment and the arrival of many new hotels since the Scottish Parliament opened its doors in Scotland’s capital city.

Edinburgh is home to many upmarket areas including Morningside, Corstorphine, Liberton and Marchmont and outstanding apartments or Victorian villas in these areas regularly come onto the housing market. However, Edinburgh mortgages may not be within your price range, even for the cheaper areas such as Gilmerton, Sighthill or Drylaw. 

Edinburgh does, of course, house many large parks and green spaces that are available for public use and also has a wonderful shoreline, with popular family beaches in Cramond to the west and Portobello and Joppa to the east. 

However, if you prefer rural living after a busy day at work, you may choose to buy a home in the Lothians or Lanarkshire, a trend that has been followed by many Glasgow and Edinburgh workers in recent years. 

And no need to sit for hours on the busy M8 motorway to reach your destination as the rail services linking Scotland’s two major cities with the rest of the Central Belt, Fife and even the Borders, with the opening of the new Borders line to Tweedbank, have grown more and more frequent. 

The reinstated Airdrie to Bathgate railway line has opened up a third line between Glasgow and Edinburgh, complementing the existing lines to and from Glasgow Queen Street via Caldercruix, Bathgate and Livingston North and to and from Glasgow Central via Bellshill, Shotts, Fauldhouse and the Calders into Edinburgh. 

This has opened up the housing market throughout the Central Belt with many new developments throughout the Lothians, for example. The Bathgate area was devastated with the closing of major employers such as British Leyland – which employed 6000 people at one point – Plessey and Motorola. However, the derelict British Leyland site is now home to hundreds of new houses that have easy access not only to the M8 motorway, but more importantly, to the railway station in Bathgate where trains await to deliver them to workplaces in Livingston, Falkirk, Glasgow or Edinburgh, for example. 

All the major house developers are present – Barratt Homes, Miller Homes and Taylor Wimpey, to name but a few and a wide range of house sizes, from a one-bed flat to a 5-bed detached villa, is available for sale in Bathgate. 

Bathgate is a pleasant, typically Scottish town sitting slap-bang in the middle of the Central Belt. It benefits not only from its nearby motorway links and train lines, but more importantly, from a rural environment with easy access to the countryside, to fishing lochs, to parks, golf courses, local heritage centres and cinemas. There is an open-air market every week and good old-fashioned family events like the Bathgate Highland Games and the Procession coupled with John Newlands Day. 

Bathgate boasts a range of good primary schools and while houses have now been built on the sites of the old Lindsay High School / St Mary’s Academy, and the old Bathgate Academy has been redeveloped into upmarket apartments, the new Bathgate Academy regularly receives a glowing report from HM Inspectorate of Education. The Academy is a non-denominational school, but parents of the Catholic faith may prefer to send their children to St Margaret’s Academy in Livingston which even plays host to a weekend Japanese school! 

If you’re looking for mortgage advice about buying a home in Bathgate, West Lothian or any of the surrounding towns and villages including Livingston, Whitburn, Mid Calder, Longridge, Fauldhouse, Torphichen or Armadale, please call Cailean Mortgages to discuss the best possible West Lothian mortgage options. 

Cailean Mortgages is at your disposal for mortgage advice, mortgage protection insurance and finding the right mortgage tailored to your personal circumstances for your new home in West Lothian.