Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust

West Lothian Shale Trail

Total Project Cost: £ 24,525.00

LEADER Grant: £11,000.00

Project Type: Community

Project Summary

The West Lothian Shale Trail project is looking at developing a trail across West Lothian that connects and highlights key heritage sites linked to the shale oil history. The industry which, operated in the area for over a century and declined in the mid- 20th century, has not only shaped local and national history, but it has moulded the local landscape.

This award was made to fund a feasibility study into the trail and if appropriate a second application will be made to fund the trail itself.

The aim is to create a route that is fit for the 21st century and that keeps in line with the environmental and healthy lifestyles agenda, encouraging active travel and recreation opportunities in nature, traversing both rural and urban landscapes.