Take a Hike: Niddry Bing

A mighty legacy of West Lothian’s shale oil industry, Niddry Bing, on the outskirts of Winchburgh, remains in use but it is still possible to climb to the top and gaze across the vast summit plateau.

Originally 61-metres high when it was abandoned by the oil industry in 1961, quarried for aggregates, the spoil heap has been slowly lowered over the years, although it remains a substantial landmark.

Sitting at the foot of its steep southern escarpment and on the edge of a golf course where the crude oil works once stood, restored Niddry Castle adds historical interest to a circuit that begins by the Union Canal. Read more…

This walk is an extract from my new book Bing Bagging – Central Scotland, a collection of 18 routes to the top of 23 shale and coal bings in West Lothian, Lanarkshire, Dunbartonshire, Stirling and Fife, available as a paperback or ebook from Amazon