One of the highest points in the Bathgate Hills

Cockleroy is a prominent hill that is part of Beecraigs Country Park. The hill is one of the highest points in Bathgate Hills and rises to a height of 278 metres, it is also topped by a trig point and a geographical view point.

Cockleroy has other spellings: Cocklerue, Coclereuf, Cuckold le Roi. And it is thought to maybe mean Red Hood, Red Topped Hill, Red Seat, hat of the kings, kings hat, hill of the king.

On a clear day, you can see the surrounding Scottish countryside and enjoy the 360-degree spectacular views. You can see Linlithgow Palace, the Forth Bridges, Ochil Hills, Campsie Fells, West Highlands the Pentland Hills and even some Munros in the far distance.

Wallace's Bed and a Fort

The gap between the two summits of Cockleroy is known as Wallace’s Cradle or Wallace’s Bed where there were ancient remains of a late Bronze Age / Iron Age fort fort. This is said to be where William Wallace took rest. It is claimed that Wallace watched Edward I’s forces from here as they made camp on their way to meet Wallace’s army at Falkirk. A stone arrowhead was discovered nearby.

This late Bronze Age – Iron Age hillfort, known as Wallace’s Bed, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Cockleroy is another geological Crag and Tail structure

Cockleroy is another prominent Crag-and-tail, composed of quartz-dolerite as part of the Midland Valley Sill. This is a tough igneous rock, a variety of dolerite that contains small amounts of quartz. It has formed when magma intruded into existing basalt layers: the dolerite is similar to basalt, but because it cooled down more slowly underground there was more time for the crystals to form and these are just big enough to be seen with the naked eye, unlike in (most) basalts.

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A beautiful musical video from Cockleroy

We are delighted to share this great video from Laurie MacKinnon of Scottish Highland Bagpipe. Recorded from the heart of the snows early last year. Highland Cathedral is the tune and the sunset is nature at it’s best – viewed from Cockleroy Hill. Just click on the image below to watch the video.

You can find more of his videos on his FB page and photographs on instagram, @awanderingpiper.

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Getting there

Cockleroy is situated west of Beecraigs Country Park, and can be reached by foot from the car park to the east of the hill in the adjacent Country Park. The hill is private land, so please respect the land management of grazing sheep and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access code.