Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Section 2 : Outside Essentials

Which of the properties are detached?
Craigengar and Steading Cottage are both detached.

The Wing and Orlege End are totally self-contained but are part of Crosswoodhill Farmhouse and guests do have neighbours to consider, especially in the Wing.

How close can we park our cars?
Immediately adjacent to the accommodation. There is space for at least 2 cars beside the 3 smaller cottages.  At Craigengar a large parking area gives scope for many cars to park.

Do the properties have gardens or grounds?
All except Orlege have a garden or grounds exclusive to the property. Orlege has a private patio area exclusive to the property but can share  the long stretch of lawn in front. All except Orlege  have garden chairs and picnic tables.  A BBQ is available on request. 

Any play areas?
Craigengar has play equipment exclusive to the lodge.  The 3 smaller cottages have access to a splendid spacious area in the woods behind the Wing where kids (and big kids) can climb the fort, slide down, clamber up the rope ladder,  swither as to which swing to enjoy ( there's room for several on the basket swing ), see-saw, be creative in a sandpit, balance walk along logs or just relax on the picnic bench. 

Is the track up to Craigengar Lodge OK for buses?
Yes, but contact us if you plan a large coach as it will need to be routed around the house.

Where is Crosswoodhill located in relation to….

•    Edinburgh Airport? About 16 miles or 30 minutes’ drive
•    Glasgow Airport? About 36 miles or 70 minutes’ drive
•    Prestwick Airport? About 90 minutes’ drive

      Rail:    West Calder ( 6 miles ).  Regular trains to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Download the timetable on this link for Scotrail.
       Bus:    West Calder 6 miles
As you can see a car is essential!    

Best ways of getting around from Crosswoodhill?
For rural excursions we recommend using your car. If you are to make best use of your time in Scotland a car really is essential.

For trips to the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, you have several choices…

•    Drive into the centre (35 minutes) and park (can be adventurous and expensive)
•    Use Park & Ride 10 miles from here, hop on a frequent bus which will deliver you painlessly to the centre.
•    Or drive so far into the city on a direct road, the A70.  Park free before restricted paid parking begin. Then hop onto  a frequent no. 44 or 34 bus. Consider  buying a day ticket to hop and off buses.  Have small change with you.
•    Take the train (approx an hourly service, leaving your car free of charge either at West Calder 6 miles, or Curriehill. It’s a 10 mile drive but a cheaper return rail fare as it’s closer to Edinburgh. Within 30 or 20 mins ( depending on which station you use) you will be in the very heart of the city.  And spared any parking hassles or expense.  

If one of us is away with the one car all day on business, does that mean the rest of the family will be marooned at Crosswoodhill?
No, you can order up a subsidised hourly taxi-bus service to take you into West Calder and link into public transport from there, catch a train to Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Our local council offers a subsidised taxi bus service to or from West Calder between the hours of 07.40 hrs and 19.40 hrs.. From West Calder you can link into the Edinburgh - Glasgow train service via Shotts. This taxi bus service must be booked one hour in advance and costs £2 for an adult one way to West Calder and £1 for a child over 5 yrs. Ask for details.

Alternatively our local taxi service, REAL RADIO CARS on 01506 433 433  will come to your rescue, but are a bit more expensive.

How close are the local food shops and when do they close?
Although West Calder ( 6 miles ) has a small supermarket  which closes earlier, we recommend ASDA WALMART in Livingston 10 miles away. Open from 06.00 hrs until midnight every day, it offers an amazing range of retail needs.  Even closer are  Morrisons and Sainsburys supermarkets. Morrisons and Sainsburys sell  petrol or diesel. Livingston also has  Lidl and Aldi food stores.


What about local restaurants?  And take-aways?
A good variety, although nowhere closer than 6 miles. Seek out the folder on restaurants in the accommodation or look at our LINKS PAGE or ask us for our personal recommendations.

Should we do a lot of advance planning of places to visit?
Within your accommodation you’ll find lots of guidebooks, a road atlas, files full of tourist information divided up into various areas within driving distance from here, attractions to visit, activities to indulge in, shopping opportunities, cultural events, and suggestions from guests who have enjoyed a stay here before you. However we would recommend that you browse our See & Do Pages for ideas before you come as this will save you precious time.

Should we bring our golf clubs, fishing tackle or bikes with us? Is there secure storage?
Opportunities do abound in this area for real enthusiasts to enjoy these activities. However quite a few guests lugging such gear here tell us that with so much else bidding for their attention, it was going home unused! As for storage, bikes would need to be stored within our open shed but could be tucked out of sight.

Is it true it rains a lot in Scotland?
Scotland presents a surprise at every turn, including changeable weather! You can sample all of the seasons in just one day. Yes, it can be wet, misty or even bitingly windy, so bring warm and waterproof clothing with you. We provide one large umbrella per property. And if you do find yourself basking in temperatures more typical of the Mediterranean…. well, that can happen too.

Can we explore your farm? And the farm buildings? Meet the sheep and cattle? What about dogs?  
Yes, we want you to feel part of the farm. You can explore 1760 acres. We even provide wellies to spare your footwear if it’s muddy. We do however ask that you supervise young children and don’t exercise your dogs in fields with livestock. Dogs are best exercised a mile down the road in a picnic area or along nearby Forestry Commission tracks.

Interpretative boards erected in key spots in our fields can help focus ideas of what to look for at Crosswoodhill.

Do please explore our Farm Page.   And enjoy viewing our Farm Gallery Page, too. 


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