Welcome to Polmont (from the Gaelic “Poll-Mhonadh”, meaning “Pool of the Moor”), home of the Old Polmont Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall, a unique train history, and Scotland international footballer and former Liverpool captain Alex Raisbeck.
Our site contains historical information about Polmont, travel details on how to get here, and information about the old (and present day!) Glasgow to Edinburgh Railway, passing through Polmont. It also has information about the nearby Union Canal and ancient Linlithgow, as well as information about H.M. Prison Polmont, Young Offenders’ Institution.
We hope you will look around our site, find it useful, and if you would like to get in touch for whatever reason please visit our contact page. Hope to see you again soon!
Linlithgow is home to the magnificent Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of King James V and Mary, Queen of Scots. The town has a long and interesting history, with the town still boasting a number of well-preserved, historic buildings. There are lovely walks around Linlithgow Palace and along the towpath of the Union Canal.
The Union Canal runs from the Falkirk Wheel in the west, to Edinburgh in the east. Passing through Polmont, Linlithgow, Broxburn and Winchburgh, it has a canal towpath throughout, offering great walking and cycling opportunities. Boats are also available for hire at Harrison Park in Edinburgh, and fishing permits can also be obtained.
Glasgow to Edinburgh Railway
The Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway opened in 1842. It has witnessed 6 fatal accidents, the last in Polmont in 1984. Many different trains have plied this route, linking Scotland's two largest cities, from steam engines in the vintage days, through push-pull diesel locos, to the modern-day, comfortable Turbostar express service.