Hopetoun House, the formal grounds and the wider Estate are all accessible to the public but there are some restrictions and guidelines that apply to the different areas:
Visitors are welcome to explore the Hopetoun Estate outwith the House grounds at any time of year however please exercise your access rights responsibly, be aware of other land uses and land management requirements and please take note of any signs that you see.
There are many routes suitable for cycling throughout the estate including National Cycle Route 76 and the Union Canal towpath. We’re also delighted have some of the John Muir Way running through our Estate which is growing increasingly popular with walkers.
We have produced a handy Hopetoun Estate Access Map which highlights the many minor roads and cycle paths within our Estate.
We ask that all visitors make themselves aware of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Hopetoun House and Grounds
Hopetoun House is open to visitors daily from 10.30am – 5.00pm (last entry 4pm) from Friday 3rd April through until Sunday 25th September 2016. Admission to the House and surrounding Grounds is by ticket only. Please click here for details on ticket pricing.
Outwith the visitor season Hopetoun House and Grounds can only be accessed by prior arrangement.
Temporary Changes to the John Muir Way – Jan 2018
Hopetoun Estate Diversion Forestry Works
From 17 January 2018, a section of the John Muir Way at Hopetoun Estate in West Lothian will be temporarily closed to allow essential forestry thinning works in the Wester Shore Woodland. The works will last for approximately eight weeks. The closed section is between Blackness and Abercorn.
Separate diversions will be in place for walkers and for cyclists. Please see maps and follow diversion signs on the ground. Please note that the walkers diversion is not suitable for cyclists or people with mobility restrictions, as the terrain is soft tussocky grassland. The cyclists diversion follows NCN 76 Diversion signs. Cyclists on mountain bikes may wish to follow the shorter walkers diversion and push where required.
Closure of the paths within the woodland is necessary for Health and Safety reasons due to the requirement of the contractors to use large scale forestry machinery and the risk of falling trees. For your safety please follow the diversions. Dogs should be kept under close control and not allowed to roam freely in the woodland.