Linwater Caravan Park is for touring caravans, tents and motorhomes only, and all pitches have room for an awning and a car beside the caravan. Our new timbertents have parking alongside, but are small and have no wheelchair access having 2 steps to enter. Once inside, they are cosy and comfortable, with kettle, refrigerator, lighting and heating. All amenities are closeby.
There is no public transport direct to the entrance of the Park. First Bus, number 27 departs from Princes Street, Edinburgh or from the Bus Station in Livingston regularly, and passes 1 mile from the Park. There is then a walk down a country road with no footpath.
The roads within the Park are rough gravel, and the Park is flat throughout. Wheelchairs and motorised scooters can use them, and although bumpy in places, they are smoothing down with time. Cars/caravans/motorhomes can stop outside Reception and wheel chairs can enter over 2 separate very small steps. Equally, to save you leaving your vehicle, we can come to you, and booking in can be done this way. We show all our visitors to their pitches, to make sure they are happy with their position. In Reception, there is also a large selection of tourist information available to help you enjoy the area. Milk, rolls and newspapers can be ordered daily, and are available from Reception from 8.00 a.m. each morning.
The toilet block has 3 steps to enter both ladies and gents, but there is a ramp to the fully fitted, easily accessed by wheel chair, toilet and shower-room especially designed for those with disabilities. The shower has a pull down seat and there are rails for use with the toilet. There is also a baby changing mat in here, and parents and babies are welcome to use this facility. The laundry is also accessible by the ramp.
Assistance dogs are most welcome, and there is a lovely dog walk leading to paths to the Union Canal and Almondell Country Park. However, once you get beyond the Park, this is not suitable for wheelchairs as there are stiles. During your visit, you may meet our black labrador, Mimi, a ‘reject’ Guide Dog pup – she did not make the grade during training, but has a lovely life with us. Unfortunately, all she wanted to do was play – work was not on her agenda!
Local shops are in East Calder, 2 miles away with large supermarkets and a wide choice of shops are available both at the Gyle Shopping Centre, on A8 to Edinburgh, and Almondvale Shopping Centre, Livingston. Shop Mobility are available at both these venues for loan of wheelchairs, electric scooters etc., and can be contacted in advance on – Gyle 0131 317 1460 and Livingston 01506 442744. There is another office in the centre of Edinburgh – 0131 225 9559.
Mobile phones and television reception is very good on the Park and our nearest wi-fi is at McDonald’s, 3 miles down the road at Newbridge, Junction 1 of M9. There is a Doctor’s surgery in nearby East Calder, and an Accident and Emergency department at St John’s Hospital, Livingston. If you need any of these during your stay, please ask and we can help with directions etc.
When booking, please let us know your needs, and we will ensure that you are as close to all the amenities as possible. The water, toilet disposal, reception, amenity block and public telephone, are all close together and are all very accessible from nearby pitches, either hard standing or grass. The bins, including recycling, are beside the water, as is our Herb Garden, which you are welcome to make use of when cooking during your visit.
Should you require any special assistance during your stay with us, please just ask, and we will do our best to help. The family all live on site, and in an emergency, can be contacted 24 hours a day. We would welcome any comments on how we may improve our park to ensure that all our guests have a happy and relaxed holiday.
Thank you. We hope you enjoy your visit, Jean.