Located not-quite half-way between Glasgow and Edinburgh, JR Homes’ new development in Blackburn offers easy access to both of Scotland’s largest cities without compromising on space.
Originally a centre for cotton manufacturing, Blackburn turned to coal mining in the mid-19th century and saw a population boom in the early 1960s during the Glasgow Overspill Plan.
With the capital only 20 miles away and its west coast sibling a slightly-further 25, the West Lothian town is perfectly situated for commuters making for an ideal sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Scottish countryside, the town offers the best of both worlds, allowing for a quiet, reflective home life with nature on your doorstep, but with everything that Glasgow and Edinburgh can bring a short jaunt away.
JR Homes’ new development sees an escape from city life, while still retaining an element of the urban experience. Beecraigs Park is less than four miles down the road, allowing opportunities for cycling, walks and orienteering, while families can enjoy the adventure play area and get up close and personal with red deer, highland cattle and Hebridean sheep. More exotic wildlife can be encountered at the nearby Five Sisters Zoo, with over 196 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is also in the nearby vicinity and features many walks and breathtaking views, all of which add to Blackburn’s attraction to both the more outdoor types and those who just need to unwind at the weekend.
As well as its proximity to the bigger cities, Blackburn is even closer to Livingston and all that can offer, such as the fields, woods and green spaces that extend either side of the beautiful Almond Valley for nearly a mile in both directions.
For the more active types, Dechmont Law is a stunning natural hill walk with views of Arthur’s Seat, while Cairnapple Hill is a fascinating piece of natural history stretching back over 4000 years that is just waiting to be explored.
In essence, Blackburn is a town of opportunity, one where everything you might need is, if not on your doorstep, not all that far away from it.